On your WordPress blog in the Dashboard, or on your WordPress.com blog on your Blog Stats panel, you will find Incoming Links. If you aren’t using WordPress, you can find your incoming links through Technorati with:
And through Google Blog Search with:
So what is so magical and fun about incoming links?
Incoming links tell you who is linking to your blog and blog posts. If someone links to your blog post, and both of you have trackbacks enabled, then you should see the incoming trackback link in your blog comments panel. But if they link to your blog, then the only place you will know is in your incoming links list.
Your incoming links list is your link to the outside world and what others are saying about you and your blog. The fun part is when the things they say are fun and appreciative, honoring the great work you do. The downside is when those incoming links poke fun and say unkind things. That’s just part of the process.
I love it when people have nice things to say about my blog. It makes me feel good and gives me the encouragement to keep going on. Don’t you? This is the fun part of incoming links.
It’s also about gossip! What are they saying about me and my blog? Hmmm?
It’s also about detective work. Incoming links can tell you a lot about who is ripping off your blog content and using it in their scrapers and splogs. Die! Kill! Die! Or at least send them an email to cease and desist abusing the content you worked so hard on.
The magical and fun part about incoming links is finding new blogs. I love digging through my incoming links once in a while to find out who is saying what about the topics I blog about. I discover a wide range of new blogs and bloggers and often find things to blog about, since their topics and mine usually have a lot in common.
The most wonderful and magical part of incoming links is finding new friends. When you link to my blog, you are sending a letter of recommendation out to your readers telling them you found something of value here. That’s a pretty nice way of introducing yourself. When I visit, I may find something in common with you and we’ll trade comments or links as I write about you and your blog. If the relationship builds, we’ll become friends, supporting each other as we blog on to our readers. I’ve found some of my dearest friends this way. Have you?
Take time weekly or monthly to checkout your incoming links and maybe you’ll find some magic and fun in them, too.
- The Power of the Link
- Site Optimization: Checking Loose Links
- Linkability – Link Popularity
- Creating Attention Getting Linkable Content
- Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog
- Creating Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles
- Link Referrals – Linking to Site Search Tags
- Link Etiquette: You Do Not Need Permission to Link
- Tracing Your Blog Links
- Do You Need Permission to Link to Someone’s Content?
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