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The Power of the Link

Posted By Darren Rowse 31st of August 2005 Pro Blogging News 0 Comments

On of the aspects of blogging that I love is the way in which a link can change a persons life in so many ways (some of them big, others small). This is illustrated pretty well over at Solution Watch which was the first blog mentioned at Blog Herald’s 100 Blogs in 100 Days series. That link led to a chain of events that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside:

As I have said, this last week has been the biggest week for Solution Watch yet. I was lucky to be the first mentioned on The Blog Herald, 100 Blogs in 100 Days. His mass amount of visitors scavenged my page, left nice comments, and was very supportive. Thanks, Duncan. Not much later, TechCrunch mentioned my Social Bookmarking List. This brought even more visitors. Because of this, the Social Bookmarking List was posted to many times and quickly made it to the Popular and pages which got Solution Watch even more noticed. Then, on top of that, Paul Scrivens dropped me an email inviting me into the 9rules Network! It has been a crazy week and I am still rubbing my eyes because I must be dreaming about all this hype going on. I owe a thank you to everyone who has supported Solution Watch, all my visitors, users, and everyone else.

Ok – so it might not be an earth shattering event or change the course of history – but it does illustrate the power of a link and is one of the reasons I continue to ignore the advice of many SEO experts who tell me I have too many outbound links on this blog and thereby decrease my chances in the Search Engines. Frankly I’d rather have a blog here that plays a part in processes like the one above than one that just accumulates readers for myself to enjoy.

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  • And don’t forget:

    “Those who succeed at anything and don’t mention luck, are kidding themselves.” – Larry King

  • well isn’t that a positive outcome – with your 31 Days series and Duncan’s 100 Blogs in 100 Days you’re really giving something back … and giving little-known blogs a kickstart.

    And best of all, done by two Aussies ;-)

  • background of quote and links on quote are hardly distinguishable – you should use more contrasting colors!

  • Thank you very much for the mention, Darren :) Links certainly are amazing and I now see the power that they have. I never thought that any of this would happen. It is truly mind blowing.

    Thanks and keep up the great job with the blog. Your blog was one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place :) Things do change and at first I was in it for the enjoyment and the money from AdSense. But, now… I had no increase in clicks since, but I honestly don’t care much about the money right now. Now, I am just enjoying the blogging experience. Absolutely great.

  • Agree with the CSB.

  • Spot on! I have seen so many websites stingy with links because they are afraid people will go elsewhere.Links to good content are a rich addition to the content of a site. Webmasters should never forget that!

  • Good assessment Darren, I cant take all the credit but it was the start of a chain, a bit like any blog really, person B reads person A, person C readers person B and references person A. Person D reads person C and writes for Slashdot …. or something like that. Kudos to Brian though, at the end of the day all I did was give him a leg up, its his concept, design and writing skills thats delivered the goods.