Link building may be a tedious and somewhat difficult task, but nevertheless, is vital for any blogger or online marketer to meet success in the virtual world. Everybody who makes a living off the internet also knows that the value of each link created differs from one another, and that there strategic placement can have direct impacts on the quality of traffic driven to their websites.
While creating links to other highly relevant sites, forums, social media networks, etc. can prove to be helpful, local link building is just as important, and is even more essential for the success of marketers who target a local and very specific market (e.g. a certain city or state within the US).
With the production of quality local links, chances for excellent traffic conversion will significantly rise, equating to more money for the blogger or marketer. However, many individuals find that creating these types of links is quite difficult, and eventually choose to abandon this crucial part of their campaign strategies.
Fortunately, there are a few techniques that can be utilized to generate quality local links. That being said, here’s the first piece of helpful advice: approach local bloggers, especially those who already have a large portion of their traffic coming from local areas.
An online marketer or blogger naturally needs to see that the majority of traffic generated by these bloggers is from the areas in which he specifically targets as well. Moreover, these bloggers should have a large social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), wherein many of his followers are from the local areas as well.
Furthermore, these local bloggers are usually part of local directories. Sites (such as bloglines.com) of this nature serve as great sources for local bloggers.
Another useful strategy for local link building is done by signing up or joining local business groups and directories. Here, marketers will be able to find other local and online marketers or bloggers, and commence link creation strategies with these individuals.
Also, arranging actual meetings (through Craigslist or Meetup.com) with these types of bloggers and online entrepreneurs is a great way to kick-start the local link production process. Foster a good relationship with these people, and it’d be possible for any marketer to finally put his name or company’s name out in the open market. This in turn can lead to a strong following from the target market, which can potentially bring about better conversions and sales.