Traffic vs SEO

Last Update: February 25, 2015

Hi everyone... I could use some advice!

I've noticed many bloggers in the crafting/recipe/diy niche have been hosting Link Parties.

This is set up using InLinkz or LinkyTools.

Many sites are doing this on a weekly basis and recieving a ton more traffic (because other bloggers want to share their work and have a link back to thier site!) There can be upward of 200-300 permalinks shared on one post.

I'm wondering if using this method to increase my traffic will have an adverse effect my on SEO? I've worked really hard and don't want to ruin my sites credibility.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Dee

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Kyle Premium Featured Comment
You do NOT want to focus on backlinks, it can adversely impact your overall rankings in Google Denise. This can serve as a determent to your business, focus on content...content leads to rankings, leads to authority, and leads to ongoing traffic and opportunity.
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Deezdz Premium
Ok..thanks Kyle. I wouldn't be doing this for the backlinks tho. It's more to drive traffic to my site by sharing other peoples work and creating more interaction with my audience. I guess no matter the intent, it could have have an adverse effect though.
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mama2karsten Premium
There is much information on this topic. As search engines continue to plug the holes of "gaming" the system, you must be very careful about these types of places. Yes, in the shorterm (very shorterm) you may see an uptick… but once it is determined that these are not natural links… if your site gets penalized, it is very hard to recover from that. just the name "link party" doesn't sound like something search engines would embrace. They are striving for great content for their customers (who are those that search). It is better to have quality, relevant links. I would approach with great caution. Perhaps also ask Jay (magistudios). He has many sites and many businesses from small to large that he optimizes and manages their online. Send him a message or find him in live chat…

The search engines are trying to clean out the black hat and gray hat practices. That is what is going on when sites suddenly have falling hits etc. Again, I would say be very careful. What may be most helpful to your business is focusing on improving your conversions. This is where success and failure is determined. Take care of those already inviting your site. Happy customers and/or visitors are the best marketing you can get. Wow them and they will wow you back. Make sure your site and content and presentation is worthy of sharing. If it is, then that is when the magic happens. :) good luck.
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Deezdz Premium
Thank you for this! :) And I totally agree, 'link party' sounds spammy!

What I'm not understanding is why there are some large well known DIY sites (my business is restyling and upcycling furniture) who have been hosting these parties for years and seem to be greatly benefiting from this practice.. with no ill effect to their SEO?

Having said that, with all the good advice I've recieved here here, I'm not going to host any link parties at this time. By the sounds of it, it's taking a risk... and I am doing well with my seo traffic and am VERY grateful for that...
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...you've given me some great advice. Making my site more user friendly, publishing more quality content and working on the presentation is what I'll focus on.

I'd also really like to optimize and figure out additional ways to monetize my site.The monthly income generaed by my site relies soley on Google Adsense and Amazon sales. I'm sure there is much more I could be doing.

Thanks again. x
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mama2karsten Premium
I spent most of my career Marketing and consulting with Furniture Stores. If you have any questions or would like me to peep at your site… do not hesitate to ask. Also, make sure you are using a responsive theme. On April 21, Google is adjusting their algorithm. This is important to your search numbers.
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MozMary Premium
Hi, did you put this as a question in the classroom where Kyle warns about backlinks ?
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Deezdz Premium
No I didn't Moz... did I post this in the wrong section?
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MozMary Premium
blogs sometimes attract answers but just might not get the same 'traffic' as a question - yours is pretty specific - there are a number of SEO lessons, maybe try O.E. Level 1 Lesson 6, as Kyle warns about bad backlink practices there and he invites comments - yours really suits here - he or someone else may be watching to answer those questions right there.

Live chat too, but depends on who is on.
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Deezdz Premium
Thanks so much ... appreciate the redirect! :)
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floridajf Premium
You know I wouldn't focus too much on other methods that might increase your traffic until you have actually received a good supply of traffic from SEO first. Then I think it would be awesome if you tried to research or utilize other alternatives :)
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Deezdz Premium
My site is a mature site (2yrs) and gets a good amount of traffic per month. I'd love to increase the traffic even more.. just not sure if all these links are going to benefit me in the long run?
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