I stumbled across a great way to naturally increase high quality back links to my blog yesterday: the Related Websites Plugin from Blog Traffic Exchange.
Increasing back links has always been labour intensive, even when using those commenting tools that search out related blogs based on keywords you put in.
You still have to check out each blog individually and then write a comment, assuming the blog really is related, which many of them aren’t.
Now there’s an easier solution:
The Related Websites plugin.
This plugin seeks out other blogs that are registered with Blog Traffic Exchange. Then, based on keywords, title tags and content, it places links and an excerpt at the foot of your article from related posts on other blogs.
And, of course, it also places links to your articles on other blogs, along with excerpts.
The quality of links coming into your blog this way is great, because they’re links from relevant articles on relevant blogs. Exactly the type of link that the search engines look for and value.
There are some terms and conditions to using this plugin, which are mostly there to ensure that spam and automated blogs don’t get into the network. That’s good stuff.
Installing the plugin is no different from usual.
Once it’s activated you get a control panel that gives you some control over the way the related sites are displaid. It also lets you define how many entries to show and how long you want the excerpts to be.
All pretty straightforward
Because of the T’s & C’s, you need to register your blog, and Kevin will give it the once over before emailing you an API key.
Inserting and saving the API key also activates an additional bonus: related posts functionality.
If you don’t yet have this functionality working on your blog, it’s a great additional way of keeping readers there for longer.
With both elements activated, the plugin displays first the related posts and then the related websites at the bottom of each of your articles.
It also displays them on the front page and this, to me, is a bit of a draw back.
This is because I use the ‘more’ tag in order to keep my front page as short as possible. Placing lists of related posts and sites under each excerpt from my recent articles kinda blows that out of the water 🙂
In other words, an additional option to allow you to display related sites (and posts) on single posts or pages only would be good.
I chose not to use the related posts bit because I’ve had another Related Posts plugin operating for some time, and it gives me more options in the way I configure it.
All in all, though, this looks like a great way of growing a lot of high quality back links to my blog and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out over the coming weeks.
You can get Related Websites here.