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Smarter Ways to Get a Website Credit Link

Smarter Ways to Get a Website Credit Link

If you design websites for clients, one added perk is being able to get a “site by” credit link pointing back to your portfolio site. It’s good to attract future clients, and good for general SEO benefits. That is until Google rolled out the Penguin update, followed by Penguin 2.0. These algorithm updates started counting these types of links for less, and in some cases, actually penalized some sites.

A lot of web designers stopped using credit links altogether, but the good news is there are still a few ways to get good, quality post penguin credit links from the sites you design. In this episode, the gang talks about some of the problems with traditional credit links, as well as some new solutions to stay in Google’s good graces, and keep your link at the same time.

After that, we answer two new listener questions about what to do about late-paying clients, and how to position yourself in a new city amongst the competition.

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Mauricio

August 14, 2013

Great episode!!! Thanks for the links/SEO related tips, very clever!

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Jeff Keating

August 14, 2013

Thanks for the SEO link tips and the very entertaining podcast. We have thousands of websites and I would never have thought to implement the “no-follow” attribute on the other pages of the website. Great tip!

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Cha

August 14, 2013

Thank you Wes, for sharing the podcast. I’m changing the “credit” links on clients sites. Cheers!

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Jennifer M.

August 16, 2013

Great episode! I did have a question about the nofollow links though. You mentioned that, other than the home page, all your credit links should have a nofollow on them. You didn’t mention, however, how to only have nofollows on some of the pages but not on the home page. I am unclear about how to change a link’s attributes on only certain pages. Can you explain this better?

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    Dave

    September 17, 2013

    rel=”nofollow” Unless you have a footer that’s loaded dynamically with PHP or something. You could do something like <a href="mysite.com">My Site Link.

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      Dave

      September 17, 2013

      Seems my code is being filtered out. Makes sense. I would wrap the nofollow option in a conditional statement. Either based on the URL or a variable passed in the URL maybe. You got options.

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Sebastian

December 14, 2013

A quick question.
If you’re not designing for a blog you mentioned that your link on the homepage should link to a page(on the same website)that forwards you to your site? Did I understand correctly?

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    Wes McDowell

    December 19, 2013

    Yes, I like to make a simple page that just mentions my company name, gives some contact info, and links to my site. That way you still have the link for those who want it, and you get around the sticky “sitewide link” issue.

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