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The art and science of link-building has been growing in the consiousness of dealers for the last several months. The trumpet that a few of us have been blowing has started to make an impact in the industry as dealers and vendors realize the SEO benefits of quality inbound links to their sites.
It's starting to be a craze which is a good thing. As with any craze, there needs to be a word or two of caution attached. In this case, the words of caution were best illustrated by Google itself. It is against the rules to purchase links for the sake of increased page rank or rankings. Google has made this clear for years, and recently slapped its own wrist to make sure nobody thinks they're above their own rules.
It's not against the rules to purchase link placement. They've been very clear that sponsored links and advertisements are perfectly acceptible as long as they apply the "nofollow" attribute to the links. A company that the Google Chrome team hired to help with marketing didn't follow this rule and made purchases on Chrome's behalf of placement in articles about the browser. When word broke about this, Google acted swiftly and penalized itself in its own rankings.
Link-building is a challenging thing, which is why we've always relied on organic and networked links. We believe in quality content driving the links to sites through methods such as infographics, content writing, and social news promotion. We have never and will never buy a link.
You shouldn't either.
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JD Rucker is Director of New Media for KPA, a Dealership Compliance company. KPA purchased TK Carsites, an Automotive Marketing Firm, in 2011 and continues to provide top-notch internet marketing service to dealers across the country.