How to Convince People to Click on your Links

How to Convince People to Click your Links

In two months time it will be 2016 already, and yet many (link builders) are still worrying about the fact that they are getting more nofollow links than dofollow.

But does it really matter?

Three years ago, SEO is all about getting dofollow links, but that’s not the case anymore.

I remember when I was still a link builder. I always get excited every time I’m getting an alert that my guest article is already published, but there were a couple of times when my excitement turned into dismay after finding out that my links were nofollowed.

It will take me a few more hours to convince webmasters to make the links a dofollow, and sometimes, my efforts to convince them won’t work.

It was really hard during those times.

The good thing about working in an SEO company is that everyone (even your boss) understands how Google works, the trends as well as how things change, like when Google PageRank started to become irrelevant.

Hence, we learned to value the nofollow links, and you should too.

When link building is more than just about getting tons of PageRank juice

Over time, I learned that there’s more to link building (or link earning) than stressing yourself out just to get followed links – a link is created for something way more important.

1. To help bots better crawl the web

There’s no way Googlebot can crawl the web if there are no links pointing from one website or webpage to another, and even if it’s a nofollow one, Google will still use it as if it’s a bridge connecting two places.

So, if you have links from other websites, chances are Google or other search engines will easily find and crawl your website.

2. It’s saying “Hey this is a relevant source!”

We put links because we want to give our readers other resources. It could be resources that are also inside our website, or resources from other sites, either way, the purpose is the same – to give our audience endless options to learn more about the topic we’re discussing.

It is also one of the main reasons why we all want to get backlinks from quality websites such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Moz because we know that they only link to quality, relevant content.

3. Increase in traffic

In relation to my point number two, just imagine getting a link from The New York Times. Expect one of the best things that can happen to your site – increase in traffic!

Because The New York Times has tons of daily readers, chances are these readers will click the link that is pointing to your site, and will then find you relevant.

But even with links from well-known sites, it shouldn’t stop you from aiming to get backlinks (whether a dofollow one or not) from other websites with few traffic but are very targeted.

Why? Because it can also lead you to having targeted traffic as well, which is better for conversion.

4. Increase in sales

And if you have a targeted traffic, then your chance to convert audience to customers will definitely increase too.

If we will look closer, we’ll find that a simple link can actually bring awareness, which will lead to visits (or traffic), and soon to profit. And it can happen even if your links are nofollowed.

In fact many companies get almost 100% of their traffic and sales from links on social media, which is by the way nofollowed.

How to convince people to click on your link

Now, the real challenge is not how to acquire dofollow links, but how your links will be clicked, and eventually convert.

1. Proper link placement

Placing your link in an article, whether it’s a guest post or an article that will be published on your blog, should be planned well.

The best practice for link placement is to put your important link on the introduction. It’s because people don’t really read anymore – the attention span is shorter, and the readership is dropping off after the introduction, so the chances for your links to be noticed and clicked when you placed them on the middle, or end note are little.

Link placement

2. Use longer anchor text

Anchor text has been abused by many SEOs – who wouldn’t when you know that it’s one of the most effective ways to rank on Google for particular keywords?

I remember how anchor text used to be so short and keyword centric.

But not anymore. Those times are over.

What’s more effective now is the use of long anchor text that is action oriented, and of course, an anchor text that will not disappoint – it should give your readers an idea of what they may get if they click on the link.

Here are great examples:

Anchor text

and this…

Anchor text 3

and finally this…

Anchor text 2

3. Don’t put too much links

There’s nothing wrong with giving out resources, but too much is not healthy as well. You don’t want your article to look like a link farm.

While there are no perfect number of links or CTAs, successful blog posts have an average of 10 links per post.

4. Minimize distraction

Although minimizing distraction is not something you can do especially with guest posting (because obviously, it’s out of your control), you can include user-experience as part of your criteria when prospecting.

Quality websites with less distraction such as ads, links and images on the sidebars are a good choice if you want your links to be noticed. In the same way, it is a best practice to make your own website free from any distractions to keep your readers’ eyes on your content, and in content links.

Final thought

I’m sure that links will always have value both for search engines and people. It’s just sad to know, especially for some SEOs that the goal is still to manipulate search engines, and not to give value and better user-experience; thus, it is still too much of a big deal to acquire dofollow links.

But over time, all SEO strategies that we invested too much time in will have no value anymore, and the battle will be all about who has better and user-friendly content.

Share us your thoughts about this article by commenting below!

Double Your Growth.

We curate the best of inbound marketing news and send over the top 10 we know will contribute to your growth - once a month.

  • Hello Pam,

    Great Post Indeed!

    I just like to add 1 more point, We should emphasize visitors to click the link.

    For e.g, we should use Click here, Read more, know more etc keywords to motivate the visitors to click on the link.

    What do you think Pam? Is it good idea?

    Waiting for your response.

    Thank You

    • I really think it depends on you, or how helpful it will be to you. recently read an article from Copyblogger saying that it’s good to use “Click Here” – but even though it is an action-oriented, it could be frustrating for both people and engines because it’s not giving them ideas what the link is all about. But if you use “Click Here + [keywords/what they’ll get] then I think yes, it’s a great action-oriented anchor link. :)

  • Can’t believe it’s almost 2016 as well! Some excellent points made here about the value of “no follow” links. As you point out a do-follow link on the right website can lead to a stream of targeted traffic which is highly likely to convert into buyers. And after all isn’t that the end goal of SEO in the first place?

    • Yes, and even nofollow links on the right websites can lead to growth in traffic and sales. :)

  • yassine

    Nice tips , thank you!

  • As per my experience Nofollow links are not useful, only dofollow links matters for search engine to boost ranking.

    • Yes (maybe) if we will only work for search engines alone. I think it’s not that effective compare to how it is three, four years ago since PR is irrelevant now.

    • Bursa

      I don’t agree about that, quality nofollow backlinks are useful too. I experienced that by myself.

  • Hicham

    The best links that we receive are made by people without asking them to do so. These kind of links increase traffic. I agree that a link should bring traffic than juice.

  • sayemmba

    This is a very impressive post indeed. I guess you have put lot of efforts to produce this post and it’s very useful for me and other bloggers as well. Thanks for sharing such an excellent post.

  • Excellent article, Pam. Great tips, a good way to decide the number of links to be put up is by looking at the type and size of the content.


    I like this one . good article

  • Kapil Sharma

    Pam Sallegue, nice these tips are very useful for getting clicks on the links.

  • David Prasetyo

    Nice tips.. Thanks for sharing..
    I would try it :)

  • Raphael

    Hey Pam, thanks for sharing this. I now see why i need both nofollow and dofollow links. I hope i get more of my links clicked from now on, because i’m implementing every strategy you mentioned in the article.

    • Hoping for the same thing Raphael! :) I hope more people will click your links. :)

  • Thanks Pam for this great article and tips. Really appreciate it and I am sure many people will find it, just like myself, very useful and helpful. Thanks once again!

  • Usha

    Nice explanation. Thanks for sharing valuable tips.

  • milon kahn

    Thank you for your thoughtful response. Yes, improvements in Referral Program from Infolinks . However, large and small actions are both important, that’s a great think.

  • Jennifer

    Great Post Thanks..Only dofollow links matters for search engine to boost ranking.

  • Robin khokhar

    Yes, it was always hard to get more and more clicks. And i always wonder how to do it perfectly but after reading your article i really got some good points.
    Thanks a lot

  • Nice explanation. Thanks for sharing .