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7 Important Tips For Creating High Quality Linkable Content

Creating high quality content links is one of the most important ways to be ranked well and get search engine traffic. If your Website does not offer anything worth talking about you are going to struggle to get people link to it, and search engines rank it. And even if perhaps you succeed to trick Google and get ranked well for a while, your visitors are very likely to simply bounce away when they visit it. Consequently, you might have to beg or pay for every inbound link with questionable success, and you will see what a pain it is to promote mediocre content.

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Is your content remarkable enough to get noticed?

On the other hand, imagine your content is so good, that every other person who finds it feels the need to share it. With great content you only need to attract some initial traffic to get the snowball rolling – visitors will often share it on social networks for you, webmasters will link to it, search engines will love it.

Sounds simple? Well, it’s not. Creating high quality content is actually the hard part. With so many great blogs, articles, info-graphics and free stuff out there on the Internet, it’s no longer enough to publish something unique. It should be smart, attractive, mind-blowing, visually appealing and worth talking about.

That’s not an easy task, but here are few ideas that will help you:

Be Generous On Images

Plain text is boring. People rarely link to text only pages except in few niches like scientific research and programming. Don’t be afraid to add one or more images to your posts. Have at least one large sexy image instead of a thumbnail. Only use thumbnails if your content is really rich in images and you want to save the bandwidth of your users.

Although with web resources such as Flickr around, there is no excuse for contents without at least one image.

Don’t forget also that images do not always mean photos. When appropriate, enrich your content with info-graphics, interactive charts, drawings and sketches. It takes little effort or money to create them, but they will surely make your content stick in the sea of text.

Link To Useful Resources

Don’t be afraid to link out. Include links to relevant high quality resources along with your content. People are a lot more likely to bookmark, link to, and share contents that contains link to other resources.

However, do not take linking out to the extreme and publish resource collections instead of content. While this may sometimes works, I recommend that you include at least some of your own comments, intro text and a closing paragraph.

The best combination however remains strong content with links to other high-quality pages.

Vouch Strong Opinion

Being too diplomatic may seem objective because you are not hurting anyone and there is no chance to say something stupid. There is barely a chance to say something interesting, too.

Being dry is… dry. Don’t be yet another fact-reporter and boring analyst. Share your opinion, your dislikes, your story, your passion. Someone may think you are dumb or too harsh, but others will fight for you and promote your content. Strong opinion bears strong fans.

Bundle With A Tool

If you have or can hire development resources to build a relevant tool for your content, don’t hesitate to do it. An article about losing weight bundled with a weight loss calculator on the page is a lot more linkable than an article which just shows static numbers.

There are all kind of tools you can embed in or bundle with your content: calculators, widgets, converters, planners, calendars, Firefox and Chrome extensions, WordPress plugins and many more.

Make It Printable/Download-able

What does it cost to create a PDF version of your article? Almost nothing. But it looks so much more complete with high authority when there is an option to download or print.

If you provide PDF versions of your content, with the URL of your site inside, some people will download it and check it later, others will print it and share it, others will link to it just because of the format. It’s an easy way to gain few links and enhance the perceived quality of your page.

Deep, Not Long

It’s wrong to think that good content should be long. Yes sure, sometimes you need few thousand words to express a great idea or describe a complex concept. But to use more words so as just to make your content long is not going to help you rank in search engines.

Instead of adding paragraphs rephrasing what you already said earlier, just to meet a target word count, ask yourself what details can you add to your content, what additional point of view can be discussed, what other form of content can be plugged in.

No Sales Pitches

Don’t mix your sales pages with your best content. With few extremely creative exceptions, sales pitches don’t attract links. Focus on providing high quality, useful content that will be linked to and shared and keep it clear of sales pitches. If there is something you want to sell, use your high quality content as a traffic source to your sales page. Feel free to link to it or even advertise it with a large button, but keep all the sales talk on the sales page only.

Now check your best ranking content. How many of these tips does it follow? What’s going to happen if you apply more of them to it, right now?

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Bob is a Micro ISV who creates software for content publishers. You may be interested in his membership site script and the ad management software.

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. Josh

    March 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for this info! I just introduced myself to the blogging world! I’ve launched three sites. The first one has so far been my most successful one. Funny it’s the one I put the most effort into. The second two aren’t ranking to well. I know why though! I started to cut corners and the site doen’t have content unique to visitors! I linked out but decided to get lazy! Is it too late to re-write my content and improve my rankings, and should I focus mainly on my homepage content? ANYONE?

    Josh

    • Admin

      March 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      I would say it is not too late to improve your rankings. Just focus on other general SEO aspects that could improve the other two sites including new quality content which would feature on the homepage over time.

    • Akash Kumar

      September 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Its never too late to improve you quality of content just improve the posts and re-publish them. Make sure that you do not focus only on the homepage if you have written an interesting post do some promotion for it via social media or any other, always link back to your articles from other related articles and do some link building and marketing for these articles if your inner pages get links indeed the link juice will flow over to your home page.

  2. fanatsic sams

    March 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    That is right too many images increase your site load time and finally you loose customers.

  3. Wholsale Suppliers Blog

    March 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Usually people discuss the most basic elements of quality content. In this post you have shared some very important and key elements of quality content that normally no one notices.

    • Admin

      March 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Well said WSP.

  4. Amanda Lemon

    March 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Good point, especially about the images. For people with an SEO focus, this can fall by the wayside.

  5. Robert

    March 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Great info and I like the idea about images. Plain text is really boring but too many
    advertising look messy.. great post!

  6. it konsulenter

    April 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Very nice post. Link building is not an easy task indeed. You may contact several webmasters but very few will respond positively.

    • Admin

      April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      That’s true but then again sometimes it’s kind of difficult to tell genuine requests apart from automated ones.

  7. Kaycee

    April 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Hi Bob!

    I would like to point out this:

    “Have at least one large sexy image instead of a thumbnail.”

    Funny as it sounds, but I have proven it to work. More readers would stop by to check what the content was all about and the photos that are used are not in any way offensive.

    True, it is hard to have quality content when everybody is as creative as you. If this is the case, then you just have to look around for inspiration.

    I truly agree with you when you said that you have to voice out your opinion even when it may be against the general point of view. If you want to spark the curiosity in your articles, you have to light the fire.

    I love your post!

    • Admin

      April 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      As for images, remember you do have to get people on your site first to see the images. However, using a photoblog may also useful.

      • Bob

        April 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        You are right but don’t forget images often become the entry point of your site through the image search engines (like images.google.com). I have sites that have tons of traffic from it because they have catchy original images. Even when using someone else’s images (when it’s allowed of course) you can rank higher than them in image search

  8. Jenyy

    April 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Some good ideas. But if I had to give just one piece of advice, it would be “focus on the content”. Focus on good, unique, informative content and people will link to you. There’s too much spam on the web, and good content always stands out.

  9. reeha

    May 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

    great tips dude, they are very useful for me to create linkable contents

  10. Sammy

    June 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Good content, use of more and more images shorten the quality of website as it takes more time to load.

  11. Srijn

    June 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    such a good 7 tips Bob Handz.. i like & i will follow it. thanks again

  12. Stephen Baron

    July 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. There is nothing worse than waiting ages for a page to load because of too many unnecessary images. Good post

  13. Stephen Baron

    July 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Too many images are a waste of time

  14. terry

    August 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Great tips!! I’m so glad I read it.. I learned a lot!.. thank you..

  15. Danny Strampel

    August 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Great post.
    Content is King!

    I found “Vouch Strong Opinion” especially interesting.
    Strong opinions bears strong fans. That is gold.
    You can take advantage of this by writing from an opinion that will evoke the strongest reactions(not by insulting/hurting or shocking anyone), The opinion doesn’t necessarily have to be your own, but it probably should be consistent with your other writings.

    Also putting some links to respected companies/authorities in the field of your posts subject, helps google to understand what your content is about and as I have experienced it helps in the rankings.

  16. briant

    August 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    these are very nice tips! glad I read it! thanks for sharing this..

  17. Teake van der meer

    August 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

    That is what I hate about people trying to write a certain amount of words to make Google happy. They rehash and reword their stuff constantly, wasting my time. I don’t want to read the same stuff again, I got it the first time.

  18. joe

    August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    making your content so good that any reader would feel the need to share it! that would be the best!

  19. jorge

    August 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I agree with joe, the best thing to create that high quality linkable content is making the content so good, most or all of the readers will just want to share it with others..

  20. Matt

    August 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Some great tips here. I especially like the point about not needing to write for the hell of it. You CAN write just a few hundred words to get a point across; it need not be an essay 🙂

  21. kevin

    August 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Making a point in post is certainly worth the sharing and all.. that is a very nice way to build those highly linkable articles!

  22. Mamie

    September 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This are very useful to create linkable contents. The most important is the content. Good advice to put some images on the posts. Thanks for this!

  23. Jack

    September 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing. love it.

  24. Christina

    December 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    For SEO purpose, long content is favorable than the shorter one. But for the sake of blog readers, it is important to make every post much shorter with tons of useful ideas. In this way, they could truly appreciate the post. Who knows, they might be a recurring visitor of the blog.

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