The first rule of good linking is that links must be sincere and relevant to your own blog or website, and not a “trick” just to try to get or give rank! Link because you truly want to recommend a webpage to your own readers. Link like you mean it. Other linking basics:
- link to the right address (obviously, right? but people get it wrong all the time!)
- link with meaningful clickable text
- link to specific pages you like (not just the homepage)
The right address
Links to PainScience.com should use
https-with-an-S — the full, correct version of the domain. The wrongish way will actually work, but the exactly right way is better:
Good links have meaningful clickable text
Always use relevant keywords in the clickable text (“anchor text”) of a link. For example, instead of linking words like “click here”:
Paul Ingraham’s low back pain tutorial is great.
Where the key phrase “low back pain” is linked to:
The relevant anchor text is really potent. That’s what really drives search rank for specific pages — a better vote. (And you’re not just voting for good information, but against so much shoddy information that competes with it.)
Link to specific pages
Links to the home page or “root” domain are fine if you want to recommend the whole site to your readers. But, whenever relevant, choose link to specific pages about specific subjects. Here are some example pages with very clear subject matter (followed by the URL and complete HTML you can copy/paste).
For instance, recommend my books by linking to them — if you’re writing something about the topic, or a review of the book.
- low back pain
<a href = "https://www.PainScience.com/tutorials/low-back-pain.php">low back pain</a>
- neck pain
<a href = "https://www.PainScience.com/tutorials/neck-pain.php">neck pain</a>
- anterior knee pain
<a href = "https://www.PainScience.com/tutorials/patellofemoral-pain-syndrome.php">anterior knee pain</a>
Here are five more good examples:
- acupuncture for pain
<a href = "https://www.painscience.com/articles/acupuncture-for-pain.php">acupuncture for pain</a>
- fascia science
<a href = "https://www.painscience.com/articles/does-fascia-matter.php">fascia science</a>
- therapeutic ultrasound
<a href = "https://www.painscience.com/articles/ultrasound.php">therapeutic ultrasound</a>
- how pain works
<a href = "https://www.painscience.com/articles/pain-is-weird.php">how pain works</a>
- chiropractic controversies
<a href = "https://www.painscience.com/articles/does-chiropractic-work.php">chiropractic controversies</a>
But there are many, many more. Browse a reading guide to find something else to read and link to:
- Reading Guide for Patients: How to find information about your pain problem, and other reading recommendations for patients.
- Reading Guide for Professionals: Guide to content on PainScience.com of particular interest to therapists and doctors.
- Reading Guide for Skeptics: For readers with doubts about the value of many popular treatments for pain and injury.