July 23, 2016 at 6:51 am #27327
I create this thread for those interested in building a link exchange page at our own independent websites. I plan to create a page named ‘My Friends’ in the main menu. What I am thinking is not only a link for each site, but also brief introduction so that buyers know exactly which site they are looking for.
If you are interested, please post your introduction information and website link. I would suggest by now:
1. Web address and site name. (Logo? Or just screen snapshot…?)
2. What topic is your website focusing on?
3. How many photos/vectors/footage in your collection?
4. Price Range?
Feel free to add questionnaire and suggestions. Let’s benefit from the interchange page.
Edit by Robin:
If you are an independent Symbiostock site owner and wish to participate in the link exchange, proceed to this discussion and post your information as prescribed. You can also use the list to add fellow artists to your page. Use the text as a jumping off point and word it in a personalized manner if possible so the sites don’t all have duplicate content.July 23, 2016 at 7:18 am #27330
1. http://bestcityscape.com/ Songquan Photography
2. Focusing on cityscape and travel photography of the world’s top cities. Variety of topics including city skyline, landmark architecture, historic attractions as well as natural landscape. Photos are widely used in public medias, advertisement campaigns, posters, book covers, CD covers, postcards, smart phone apps and public displays. Collections are well grouped by locations at the site.
3. Photos only, 6000+ and keep increasing.
4. Starting at $3, regular RF full size $20, Extended $80.July 23, 2016 at 7:32 am #27331July 23, 2016 at 7:52 am #27333
For the best SEO, isn’t the actual link best inserted into some text that adds value to the link, rather than just have the URL itself. So in Songquan’s case you would make the link cover “cityscape and travel photography of the world’s top cities”? Having the name of the site is good, but I believe the extra context helps with placement.
SteveJuly 23, 2016 at 8:10 am #27334July 23, 2016 at 8:15 am #27335July 23, 2016 at 10:19 am #27337July 23, 2016 at 11:30 am #27340
Link exchanges are extremely effective for SEO, so this is a good idea.
I would like to recommend that you include links to both the independent sites and the Symzio contributor profile so customers have a choice in that regard – reason being, if they go to Symzio, there’s also the possibility that they will purchase someone else’s stuff as well. And as George pointed out, you should put your referral ID in the Symzio link.
As for Steve’s suggestion with anchor text, that’s far less relevant now. Google tends to weigh the link more with the text around it than the anchor text specifically, so it’s best to just link naturally.July 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm #27343July 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm #27344July 23, 2016 at 12:43 pm #27345
Not a list of contributors – link to George’s contributor profile on Symzio for example:July 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm #27346July 23, 2016 at 11:54 pm #27351
Good suggestions by Robin. And thanks to George and Songquan for starting this.
Count me in, please. I think we should have a somewhat organized list of the members (site title), their introduction and their URLs to independent site and Symzio profile.July 24, 2016 at 12:42 am #27353
I’ve set up a thread for listing the independent owners information only at http://www.symbiostock.org/forums/topic/list-of-link-exchange-participants/ .July 24, 2016 at 12:58 am #27355
Hey George, I think the “intro/description” doesn’t have to be the same on each site. Actually it probably looks more organic if it isn’t. So I agree with you. The list I started should only be a starting point to give/grab essential information.
Your list is great and I’ll set up mine later today.
Location? I don’t think anybody will hire a local photographer for paid assignments out of our stock image sites. However, when your location is adding to the description of your work (like in my case with Mexico), then I’d suggest to include it. I think the more you fit into a niche (be it a particular location, historic images, photography style or whatever), the better your chances to be found.
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