So,Why Promote A Website?
If you now have your blog or other website up and running, you might be at the stage of looking for ways to promote the site. On this blog, their will be regular posts about ways you can advertise your website and help bring traffic to your site, for free as well as paid for options. Today the focus is on the free side of things. Should you advertise your site? Well, you could never advertise you website in any way; never add it to a search engine or any directories, never tell anyone through ‘word of mouth’, never mention it on social networking sites-never do anything to promote your website and it could still be found and used around the world. You don’t have to promote your website at all. But, the thing to remember is that, in the world, how many websites their actually are: that’s right- absoloutly freakin loads. And so your competing against those to be seen.
The way I look at it is that I imagine every website in the world being represented by a person, who all have formed a queue. At the front of that queue, facing opposite that line is a person, let’s call them a viewer, waiting to see each queue member. Now those nearer the front are far more likely to get seen. Sure the person viewing them could decide to skip those at the front and head nearer the back of the queue. But, it’s already likely that he would of seen those at the front anyway, on the way. However, if those nearer to the back all did something that allowed them to move some spaces up the queue, then it increases the chances of the viewer seeing them quicker, and getting to them quicker in the future. So we come back to ways to advertise your website and help it get known online.
Their really are many ways to spread the word of your blog. Link Referral is one of those ways. In an earlier post I mentioned how Link Referral is a handy directory for discovering new websites, well you can get your website added to that handy directory, and have people discover your site. Not to mention benefit from the other ways Link Referral can bring traffic to your website. Here I’ll be giving a full review for Link Referral. The service is completely free on it’s basic level but their are paid for upgraded services available too. For this post, let’s start with the free package.
Link Referral: The Review
Legit Or A Scam?
No worries their, Link Referral is completely Legit. The company has no record of trying to scam anyone, and hopefully it will be staying that way.
or if you wanted to send me extra traffic through signing up with my referral link
(ow blocked, turns out WordPress don’t allow the links, sorry at the time I forgot that 😦
What’s The Aim Of Link Referral?
Link Referral say: (quoted from http://www.linkreferral.com/linkreferal/concept.html )
“We are striving to provide an affordable alternative to search engines and banner ad campaigns which give mediocre results.”
How Does It Work?
So let’s look at how Link Referral can help promote your website and drive traffic to it. At Link Referral you will have a ranking; this ranking relates to where you are featured in the directory your website is submitted too. The ranking can be improved in various ways, which can be split up into these 4:
1) Referral Based Traffic: When you sign up with your website, you will have a unique referral link, this is your link which you can use to promote in emails, or on the websites that allow, and a growth of up to five levels of referrals can be created (as an example: if Bob referred Jean who referred Kate who reffered Gemma who referred Greg who referred Eevee, then that’s five levels of growth to you, but then say each of those people reffered 10 others…. you can see how this can help bring in the traffic). As you can see under the above URL section, I gave an example of my referral link, and if you sign up to the site you will have your own one to use to advertise.
2) Members Directory Based Traffic: After submitting your website to Link Referral you will be included in the applicable directory for the type of website you have, ie if its a travel blog it will be in the travel directory. According to Link Referral (see http://www.linkreferral.com/linkreferal/concept.html) they have a community of over 30,000 who visit the directories, as well as thousands of visits from unregistered users. Every day, by visiting up to 30 sites in the directories, making 5 reviews on other members sites, completing 1 forum post, and favoriting 1 members website will push the ranking of your website up-and nearer to the front page, which people are likely to view first.
3) Search Engine Based Traffic: Another benefit of signing up to this service from Link Referral is the traffic it can help you receive from search engines. Search engines such as Google and Bing continuously spider our site, and this will include the sites in Link Referral‘s directories, as well as the affiliate page listing-which features your website link and description, that you would receive after sign up to Link Referral. Link Referral do say that through using their service, you will receive improved search engine rankings and SEO optimization.
4) Link Referral‘s Forums Based Traffic: Another way you can earn traffic, and I really like this feature is with Link Referral‘s forums. Now the idea of having a forum with a site like this is a good one. Users can submit questions about their websites, they can be directly about Link Referral, but they don’t have to be, as their are also categories for programming, databases and many others. If you submit one post a day to the forums, that will go towards improving your websites ranking in the directories. But, as well as been able to participate in discussions with the Link Referral community, with every post you make your link, category and member profile will be displayed, so theirs some extra ways your site can be discovered. Also, theirs a category called ‘What do you think of my site’ where you can showcase your website and receive feedback on it.
After a lot of research and experience using Link Referral, I have reached an opinion that Link Referral can, and does offer a good service. In terms of the running of the website itself, I have no complaints at all, the team behind the site do a consistently solid job. Their contact support so far, has left no cause for complaints. In terms of the traffic received to your website whilst using Link Referral, well that really varies a lot from person to person, website to website. Some people have commented that the traffic they receive to their website from Link Referral is not the kind that results in sales (for those selling) however others have said the opposite. Some may find a lager amount of traffic, others not so much, this is not a system where I can say an exact amount of traffic you will be receiving to your website. The amount of traffic you receive is likely to increase, the more you use the available methods Link Referral provides to send traffic to your site, though. The reviews other members can give you on your website offers the chance for some handy feedback, and of course it’s nice to get some compliments for your work, and you can do the same for other members, whilst helping to increase your traffic. One thing I have noticed is a lot of reviewers do tend to give one line reviews, or not much more. If your after some more detailed feedback in general, say a full analyst of every aspect of your website, Link Referral may not always be the best choice. Still some feedback is better then none, so it’s still a very good system. The other thing though, I have noticed with reviewers, is sometimes what they do is quote the description of your site, as the base, and only part of their review. Now, while this will still help to add to your list of review, and it means a new visitor has made it to your site, and could indeed encourage more visitors, it does not give any feedback of such. Link Referrel do seem to allow reviewers to do this, but I’m not sure if it’s something they would encourage. I think generally Link Referral would like you to offer as helpful feedback as you can manage. It soes say though, on their site (see this link http://www.linkreferral.com/linkreferal/rankings.html that the ranking of a users website is improved the better they review a website not as in how good they say it is, but the quality of the written review). This is interesting, with this in mind I’m not sure why more people do not right more detailed reviews, with a few extra lines. but if one line is the best you can offer that’s something, rather than nothing.
The layout of the site is very solid, it look good and clear to navigate round. Information you need, such as your Link Referral stats (like how many websites you have visited, reviewed, etc) is laid out neatly at the top of most pages, when your signed in. The websites submitted by users all seem to be in the correct directory to, this could be down to users having a good track record of getting it right, maybe if Link Referral notice any wrong category choices, they request to have the site resubmitted to the correct category.
If you have just started up a new website then I definetley recommend Link Referral. Even if from the site you only receive a little traffic, those people who see your website on Link Referral get you a head start in your viewing list, viewers which could become regular visitors too.
The service is free, you can showcase your site and obtain some extra traffic, receive helpful feedback and discover other great sites-overall I recommend giving Link Referral a try.
Joining Link Referral
First up to use Link Referral you will need to register to the site, it’s just a quick form, and its completely free. This is the form you will need to fill in: http://www.linkreferral.com/cgi-bin/linkreferal/adfill.cgi?oldrefid=
If your wondering what Link Referral is doing for your submitted website, have a look at how much traffic Link Referral is sending to your way. If your website host or blog provider has an analytic system built in, or maybe you have joined a separate one (ie Google Analytics) find the stats for Link Referral. Alternatively, Link Referral themselves record for you some basic site stats.
On the Stats section, you can find out the rating Link Referral have given your reviews.
When reviewing others websites, try and give as much helpful feedback as you can, though if the most your able to do is one line, that’s still something rather then nothing. If your giving criticism, keep it constructive, don’t be brutal-you don’t have to become the Simon Cowell of Link Referral. Remember, you opinion of a website is that, an opinion, so whilst you might not like a site, someone else might. So instead of just saying ‘This site is rubbish’ , ‘This is one of the worst websites I have ever seen’ or ‘It’s a no from me’, you can explain what you personally didn’t like about the site, constructively. That is how I get the impression Link Referral would rather you went about reviewing other people’s sites.
If you want your ranking to increase when clicking other members sites, do not just go along clicking each website in the list, one after the other with no gaps in between-as clicking this quickly does not increase your ranking. Wait a bit before you click on the next site, and then you can be viewing the site you have just clicked on.