Have you got too many links on your site?
I saw a site today that had only 4 visible links on its home
page. 3 of those links were text links and linked to other pages
within the same web site. Therefore there was only 1 link to a
different site. Is this site operating profitably?
I'm really not sure but the information on the site was very
good. It got me thinking though.
Everyone is talking these days about link popularity and getting
as many people to link to your site. Often this means you have
to give reciprocal links back to them. The theory goes that the
better your link popularity the better you will rank in the
Well some people appear to be taking this to extremes. Suddenly
you have got 473 links to other sites all sprayed across your
web pages. Your visitors are bombarded with banners and text
links on totally different subjects. They do not know what to
click on next. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
Sure you may jump up a couple of places in the search engine
results but is it really worth it?
With so many links these sites are not focussed.
What is the answer?
Why not have fewer links. This might mean more profits.
Then your visitors will come to your site and see only a few
links. There will only be a few places for them to click on. It
will mean they spend more time reading the actual content on
your site. This will mean they actually stay longer at your site.
The 'stickiness' of your site will improve. They may even come
back because they have learnt a bit more about you and your web
site. They may even bookmark your site for future reference. Now
that is what you are trying to do - get the visitor to come
back. Rarely do they buy on the first visit.
Contrast this to a site with lots of links. You see dozens of
links to dozens of different sites. You quickly scan the home
page and see a link that takes your interest and click on that
You are suddenly on someone else's web site. In the meantime you
have completely forgotten the name of the web site you were just
on. Not only a lost visitor but perhaps a lost customer.
These people are less likely to come back to your site. They
cannot even remember the name!
So here is a method to focus your web site.
Have fewer links on your home page. Put some of the links that
were on your home page into your other pages. This will make
people click from your home page to one of the other pages of
your web site. Then make sure each link is related to what you
are discussing on that particular page.
Be more focussed. People will stay longer at your site. They
will not be inclined to leave on the first link they see. Get
them interested in what YOU are offering not what someone else
Less links means more profits.
About the author:
David McKenzie is the author of a new e-book titled "The Facts
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