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Link popularity is becoming a very important way that search engines like Google and Altavista determine relevancy. The thinking is that the web pages with the most incoming links from other websites are the most popular and therefore the most relevant to a visitor's search. For two sites with roughly the same content, the site with more links gets the higher listing.

The technique for increasing link popularity is simple but tedious. Visit search engines, directories, and other websites and request a free link to your website. Check your link popularity at linkpopularity.com or linkpopularitycheck.com .

Link popularity is the difference for many sites between a listing on page 5 and a listing on page 1. I recommend that each person responsible for an important website spend four hours every week getting four new links to their site every week. Over the course of a year, this means 200 links to your site. Four new links a week may not sound like much, but do it every week - even during the busy season.

One great technique is to trade links with your neighbor businesses, partners, vendors, and customers. Anyone in your same area or same industry that is not a competitor would benefit from linking to each other. Each business creates a links page and places outgoing links to your partners. If  you belong to business groups or trade associations like the chamber of commerce, ask them for a link. These groups also give you credibility as a legitimate business that participates in their local or industry business community.

There are many directories and search engines that still list your site for free. They list it for free because the value they provide to their visitor is comprehensive content about their topic. With more relevant content, they get more visitors and can charge more for advertising. Find directories that provide links to businesses with a state-wide topic, a regional topic, an industry topic, activity topic, online yellow pages, and online shopping. For example: A resort on the north shore of Lake Superior would search for directories about: Minnesota business directories, north shore business directories; lodging, resort, B and B, camping directories; directories about the activities like: hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing or kayaking, fishing, birding, art galleries, golf, snowmobiling; pet friendly lodging directories; and online yellow pages. Submit to online shopping directories if your site offers secured credit card ordering.

Some directories request a reciprocal link from your site to theirs. Only accept reciprocal link offers if the partnership enhances your credibility. Other sites will require that you accept a newsletter or will try to sell you an enhanced listing. My advice is to wait to pay for advertising until you have all the free links you can find and then start buying advertising according to a cost-benefit marketing plan.

WARNING: Avoid services that promise to submit your site to thousands of search engines every month. That would mean 300,000 confirmation emails each month telling you how to get rich quick or lose weight in your sleep. These services are really just selling email addresses to bulk emailers (spammers) and getting their customers to pay for the privilege of being spammed.

A good submission service should allow you to select which search engines the site is submitted to. I recommend www.selfpromotion.com . It offers a free trial and a $10 payment only if you are satisfied. It can help you submit to  hundreds (not thousands) of websites that are high quality, low spam. You have control over which engines you  want to be listed on.


If your web site offers free links to business websites. List your website .

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Minnesota   Top
Minnesota directories will only add Minnesota websites.
Check for the best category before submitting.
Name of Directory
Submit page 
http://www.metronet.lib.mn.us/mn/mn.html  
http://www.metronet.lib.mn.us/mn/mn.html
http://www.rank1st.com/directory/index.htm
http://www.rank1st.com/cgi-bin/links/add.cgi
http://www.deckernet.com/minn/
Woodshed@deckernet.com
http://www.2havefun.com/Search/
http://www.2havefun.com/cgi-bin/Search/addurl.cgi
http://www.minnesotawebsitedirectory.4t.com/
http://www.minnesotawebsitedirectory.4t.com/addsite.htm 
http://www.minnesota.worldweb.com/
Click on Add a free listing
http://www.bestofminnesota.com/links/
info@bestofminnesota.com
http://inminnesota.com/links/
http://www.inminnesota.com/cgi-bin/add.cgi
http://www.surfminnesota.net/
dreamspinner3@hotpop.com
http://yelopage.com/
http://yelopage.com/form.cfm
http://www.bestinminnesota.com/
http://www.bestinminnesota.com/cgi-bin/submit.cgi
http://www.mnpage.com
http://www.mnpage.com/addalink.html
Requests reciprocal link
http://www.minnesotabound.com
http://www.minnesotabound.com/links/
reciprocal link only
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Regional   Top
Name of Directory
Submit page
Arrowhead  
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jvileta/arrowhead.html   jvileta@d.umn.edu
http://www.buildingnortheasternminnesota.com/
http://www.buildingnortheasternminnesota.com/participation.html  Free for chamber of commerce, city government, economic development
http://www.lakesuperiorexplorer.com/
Click on list your website
http://www.itascaweb.com/
http://www.itascaweb.com/AddLink.htm
http://newsandweather.net/DuluthMinnesota/
Click on add/edit your link
http://www.virginiamn.com/Provider.php?xstate=link
Click on Free link
http://www.grandrapids-mn.com/
Click on Free link
www.Hibbingmn.com
Click on Free link
http://www.elyminnesota.com/
inforequest@elyminnesota.com  

 
Boundary Waters  
http://www.bwca.cc/
http://www.bwca.cc/lodgingresources.htm
http://www.canoecountry.com/
http://www.canoecountry.com/addsite/bwca.htm

 
Duluth  
http://www.duluth.com/Provider.php?xstate=link
Click on Free link
http://www.proctormn.com
Choose a category then click on free link
http://www.pequaywan.com/
http://www.pequaywan.com/ads.html
http://www.cloquetmn.com/
Click on Free link

 
North Central  
http://www.whitefishchain.com/
http://www.whitefishchain.com/listings/business.htm
http://www.firstcitymall.com/
http://www.firstcitymall.com/buslistings/agreement.php
http://www.parkrapids.cc
http://www.parkrapids.cc/add.htm

 
North Shore  
http://www.northshorevisitor.com/
simo@boreal.org
http://www.northshoreminnesota.com/
http://www.northshoreinfo.com/addsite/index.html
http://www.twoharborsmn.com/
Click on free link
http://www.grandmarais-mn.com/
Click on free link

 
Northwest  
http://www.savesite.com/
http://www.savesite.com/cgi-bin/contact/index.cgi
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Industry    Top
Name of Directory
Submit page
Lodging
travelguides.com
http://www.travelguides.com/links/addlinkform.html
http://www.travelingusa.com/mn/
http://www.travelingusa.com/addinfo.html
http://www.theboondocks.com/   Click on Add listing
http://www.northshorelodging.com/
info@NorthShoreLodging.com
http://www.usinns.com/
http://www.usinns.com/html/suggestions.html

 
Technology  
http://www.minnesotatechnology.org/
Directory: Submit your information
http://www.marketingtool.com/
Click on Minnesota Web Designers add listing
http://www.cnet.com/
Click on submit link
http://www.capterra.com/
http://www.capterra.com/vendor-signup
http://www.addto.com/ 
http://www.addto.com/addurlrule.shtml

 
Nature  
http://www.abirdshome.com http://www.abirdshome.com/cgi-bin/ilink/ilink.cgi
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Activity   Top
Name of Directory
Submit page
Outdoor  
http://www.outdoorguide.net/
http://www.outdoorguide.net/free.html
http://www.outdoorguides.com/
http://www.outdoorguides.com/outdoor/linktous.htm
http://www.cowboy.com/
Click on Add URL

 
Leisure  
http://www.leisuredirectory.com/
Click on Submit listing
http://www.travigator.com/
http://www.travigator.com/cgi-bin/linkmat.cgi
http://www.cruising-america.com/allguides.html
http://www.cruising-america.com/allguides.html

 
Fishing  
http://fishing-hunting.com/
http://fishing-hunting.com/fishing/links/cgibin/add.cgi
http://www.anglinguk.net/links.htm
http://www.anglinguk.net/linkinfo.htm
Reciprocal link required.
http://www.mainlander.on.ca/
http://www.mainlander.on.ca/links/themeindex.html
http://www.walleyesinc.com/
http://www.walleyesinc.com/links/themeindex.html Reciprocal link requested
http://www.fishingline.net/
Click on Add your Business
http://www.linkselect.com/
http://www.linkselect.com/f_bnbform/f_bnbform.shtml
http://www.where-to-fish.com/
http://www.where-to-fish.com/links.html

 
Hunting  
http://www.fishing-hunting.com/
http://fishing-hunting.com/hunting/links/cgibin/add.cgi

 
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Major Search Engines and Directories   Top
Name of Directory
Submit page
Open Directory
http://dmoz.org/add.html
Also provides results to Google, AOL, Netscape, Lycos, Dogpile, Excite , IXQuick, search.com
Google
http://www.google.com/addurl.html
Also provides results to AOL, Yahoo, Netscape, search.com, Alexa.
MSN  
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
Provides results to IXQuick.
Yahoo
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
Yahoo owns Altavista, Alltheweb, Overture, and Inktomi.
AOL
AOL uses Open Directory and Google.
http://dmoz.org/add.html
http://www.google.com/addurl.html
Sends results to IXQuick.
InfoSpace
http://www.infospace.com/info/submit.htm
AltaVista
http://addurl.altavista.com/sites/addurl/newurl
Sends results to search.com
Netscape
http://dmoz.org/add.html
Netscape uses Open Directory
Provides results to IXQuick
Lycos
Paid only. sends results to search.com
AlltheWeb
http://www.alltheweb.com/add_url.php
Also provides results to Dogpile, Allthesites, IXQuick, search.com .
Ask Cannot submit to Ask. It only follows links to your site.
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Online Yellow Pages   Top
Name of Directory
Submit page
Yahoo Local http://listings.local.yahoo.com/
Google Maps Add Edit your business
   
InfoSpace white pages
http://www.infospace.com/info/kmaint/kdbadd.html
SuperPages
https://snap.superpages.com/NASApp/Listing/control/ViewListing
 Provides listings to InfoSpace, Bigfoot, Infobel, MSN
InfoSpace yellow pages
https://snap.superpages.com/NASApp/Listing/control/ViewListing
 Also provides listings to Anywho, 411locate
http://www.infousa.com/
http://dbupdate.infousa.com/dbupdate/index.html
Also provides listings to Yahoo yellow pages
http://www.metroville.com/
http://www.qpg.com/addurl.html
http://www.switchboard.com/
bizupdates@switchboard.com  
Also provides listings to worldpages.com
www.smartpages.com
http://www.smartpages.com/feedback/listing.jhtml
Also provides listings to http://www.1yellowpages.com/
http://inter800.com/
http://inter800.com/freelist.htm
Toll free listings only
http://www.bestyellow.com/
http://www.bestyellow.com/addurl.html
http://www.businessyellowpages.com/
Click on Easy online correction
Netscape yellow pages
Click on add or update listing
AOL yellow pages  
Click on add or update listing

 
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Online Shopping Directories   Top
Name of Directory
Submit page
http://www.buyersindex.com/
http://www.buyersindex.com/getlist.htm
http://www.stateproducts.com/shopping.cfm
http://www.stateproducts.com/merchantsignup.cfm
http://www.mysimon.com/
Merchants submit your site
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General Business Directories   Top
Name of Directory
Submit page
Ah-ha  
http://www.ah-ha.com/list/list_addurl.asp  
Provides results to Dogpile
SearchHippo
http://www.searchhippo.com/addlink.php
Requests reciprocal link.
Provides results to Dogpile
EntireWeb  
http://www.entireweb.com/eng/basic/
Sends results to IXQuick
Alexa
http://pages.alexa.com/help/webmasters/index.html
Provides results to search.com
National Directory
http://www.nationaldirectory.com/addurl/
Provides results to search.com
WhatUSeek
http://www.whatuseek.com/addurl-secondary.shtml  
Provides results to search.com, chubba
Open Find
http://www.openfind.com/en.reg.html
Provides results to search.com
Scrub The Web
http://www.scrubtheweb.com/addurl.html
ExactSeek
http://www.exactseek.com/add.html
SearchKing
http://www.searchking.com/add_new.htm
HotRate
http://www.hotrate.com/suggestURL.asp
Dun and Bradstreet  
https://sbs.dnb.com/secure/subscribe.asp


http://www.businesslane.net/index.html
http://www.businesslane.net/free.html
http://hi-tech.net/cgi-bin/search/hyperseek.cgi
http://hi-tech.net/cgi-bin/search/add_url.cgi?Category=
http://www.businessknowhow.net/
Add a listing
http://www.hometownusa.com/mn/index.html
http://www.hometownusa.com/submit_link.html
uscounties.com
Add listing to St. Louis County
http://www.worldweb.com/
Click on suggest a website
http://www.gotocity.com/local/2/us/MN/a/
Click on web links
http://clickcity.com/
http://clickcity.com/clickcity_cfmfiles/step1.cfm
http://www.seekon.com/
http://www.seekon.com/addurl.html
http://www.datapromo.com/
http://www.datapromo.com/addurl_form.asp
http://www.bizprolink.com
http://www.bizprolink.com/bizdev_form.shtml
http://dev.4smallbusiness.com/
http://dev.4smallbusiness.com/directory/add_listing.cfm
http://www.cmpcmm.com/
Click on Add URL
http://handilinks.com/
http://handilinks.com/addedit.htm
http://www.infignos.com/
http://www.infignos.com/addlisting/speedlist.cfm
http://www.net5000.com/markets/mn/mn4.htm Click on Add your business
http://www.townnet.com/
info@townnet.com  
Reciprocal link only
http://www.starcities.com/links/business/mnbd.shtml
http://www.starcities.com/forms/listingform.shtml
http://www.bizcardz.net/
http://www.bizcardz.net/cgi-bin/links/cgi/addurl.cgi
http://www.qango.com/
http://www.qango.com/dir/addurl.html
http://xoron.com/
http://xoron.com/submit.html
http://www.infogrid.com/
Click on Submit Site
http://www.aeiwi.com/
http://www.aeiwi.com/submit.html
http://www.onlinecities.net/
http://www.onlinecities.net/forms/listingform.shtml
http://www.cantufind.com/add_url.htm
http://www.cantufind.com/add_url.htm
https://hosting.uscity.net/
https://hosting.uscity.net/~signup/index.html
Reciprocal  link required
http://www.goguides.org/ 
http://www.goguides.org/info/addurl.htm
http://www.joeant.com/
http://www.joeant.com/suggest.html
http://www.gimpsy.org/
http://www.gimpsy.com/gimpsy/searcher/suggest.php
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