I was reading an old SEO book today and came across an interesting topic which was how to help Google find your back links. I am sure that we all have a number of back links that are not found or discounted by Google. You may have a great link from a PR7 site that you are still not getting credit for and are not sure why.
Well, I might be getting ahead of myself with this article. Before we get into the strategy behind this lets go over a few methods that are commonly used to check back links. For those who don’t know what back links are please visit “Common SEO Questions.”
The best place to check your back links is through Google Webmaster Tools. These are the back links that Google is telling you they have found. There is another function that you can use in the Google search box but you will not see a full list of credited back links. This is a great way, however, to find a few good links that your competitors have.
In the search bar type: link:competitorswebsite.com
Remember, this will not show you all of your competitors back links. The best free tool I have found for finding back links is backlinkwatch.com
Submitting Your Site Directory to Google
As my subheading states, you can submit a link directly to Google for them to add to their list of sites to crawl. This is a slow process so don’t expect any results quickly. The URL to submit to Google directly is as follows.
The best way to get a URL added is from a link from a page that is crawled frequently. So here is an alternative or maybe an addition to the direct submit process. Try adding your article to social websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and so forth to help Google find your missing URLs. By adding your missing link to these websites you are doing two things. The first is that you are building more back links to that missing URL which means that the URL may gain more authority. The second benefit is that you are now increase your chances of Google finding your missing URL and crawling the page with your link.
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