Webmaster Catalog is a quality web directory that has ushered in the web 2.0 touches to make it a complete webmaster resource. I don’t find myself doing a lot of directory link building these days unless it is with very authoritative paid directories, or very authoritative free directories. I’ve been using Link Voodoo to put a quality score on all my my link building efforts recently, and Webmaster Catalog scored 59% which is pretty damn good.
The directory is human edited and from what I’ve seen is that the sites going into the directory have to be quality, and it has made the site top notch as far as directories go. I’m not sure if the script used is custom or not, but it brings in a set of great listing features that go beyond title/description. If you check out the Linkbuildr profile page I got once approved, you’ll be able to see all the features they offer. All the links are do follow, so you get an anchor text of your choice(if approved) as well do follow links through an archive of your RSS feed. Users can also write reivews and rank your site, so if you’d like to drop me a review feel free…I won’t mind :)
I’ve just implemented this awesome plugin across my WordPress blog network, including Linkbuildr, and I’m in love and no longer worry about the problems I would otherwise face without it. Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors which if you have a large site can become a mess. If you ever are migrating a domain, or changing the structure if your website you’ll not want to do it without this plugin. I’ve gone back and deleted a lot of old posts that I felt were unethical with my practices, so this is also helping in redirecting the web traffic I’m still getting. I’ve taken the features list from the authors blog, Urban Giraffe;
- Supports both WordPress-based and Apache-based redirections
- 404 error monitoring – captures a log of 404 errors and allows you to easily map these to 301 redirects
- RSS feed for 404 errors
- Custom ‘pass-through’ redirections allowing you to pass a URL through to another page, file, or website.
- Full logs for all redirected URLs
- Create redirections based upon a URL, browser, referring site, or login status
- Automatically add a 301 redirection when a post’s URL changes
- Full regular expression support
- Fully localized
- Export all redirections to CSV, XML, or Apache
- Import Apache
This plug is in the end all for 301’s and 404’s and if you check out the homepage for the Redirection WordPress Plugin, you’ll get a thorough walk through of all the features. For the most part you’ll be able to just install it and configure it as you see fit, and if you’ve never played around with 301’s, 404’s and .htaccess then you’ll need to sit down and do a little reading. So if you’re ready to get rocking you can go download the plugin.
I needed a new plugin to handle all my internal link building efforts, and Smart SEO Links does the job just fine. Directing the flow of link juice around your site is important to pass on authority as well direct readers to posts they wouldn’t otherwise discover. Another great benefit of using this plugin is never having to copy and paste your affiliate codes all the time which is starting to become a pain in the ass for me. Keep in mind that you don’t want too many anchor text’s popping up all over the place or you’ll start to give Google a worry. Just think about your main keywords and you’ll have an easier time keeping the number of anchored links down. Thankfully this plugin makes all of the above a breeze to setup and get going;
- Find keywords in your posts, pages and comments and link them to your other posts, pages, categories and tags
- Full control with customizable options
- Ignore list for keywords you do not want to link
- Improves your site’s interlinking
- Control external links with custom keywords
- Add nofollw attribute or open links in new window
- Caching for speed – make sure you have define(’ENABLE_CACHE’, true); set in your wp-config.php
WordPress has a few great plugins that will help with link building to external resources, but also help build internal links within your blog. Google has recently released official tips for optimizing your link structure on page to improve spidering and indexing. I always like to mention that you send me your links/plugins/advice and I will gladly write about it or add it to the post. WordPress continues to dominate the blogosphere and as you can tell, is easily my favorite CMS.
First up is the brand new plugin called “Internal Link Building” developed by the folks at SEO ROI. I’ve been using aLinks to accomplish some of what this plugin does, but the new one surpasses any in its path. The best feature is that you can set custom links within the post that won’t effect the entire site. You can download the plugin here.
WP-DeliciousPost is a plugin I don’t leave home without. It automatically adds every blog post to your del.icio.us account…pretty sweet eh? The plugin’s homepage says it has been now merged with a new link tool suite called WPLinkTools, but I couldn’t find the homepage anywhere. So if anyone know’s where to get this, comment away. You can download the plugin here.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin is a great plugin to keep your readers browising around, but allowing the spiders to keep your content freshly indexed. The latest 2.0 version makes use of the tags and categories to bring the reader the most related posts.
Finally Eli from Blue Hat SEO has released a very nifty little plugin called PingCrawl. This powerful took gets WordPress blogs deep links automatically on every post you make. I’ve been modding the code a little myself and this is a really intersting tool that could be used in so many ways.