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Non-Reciprocal Link Building For Higher Search Engine Positioning
By Dave Davies
Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning, Inc.

It's no SEO secret that inbound links to your site are an important part of any complete search engine positioning strategy. You've undoubtedly received numerous emails touting the benefits of exchanging links with other websites. Provided that the sites are related, reciprocal linking can definitely help you in your quest for higher rankings, however, establishing quality non-reciprocal links to your website will provide added weïght and many of the tactics used in developing these links have built-in relevancy.

There are two main advantages to non-reciprocal links as opposed to reciprocal links. The first is that these links will hold more weïght, as they aren't reciprocated (the search engines can detect whether links are reciprocal). The second advantage is that they don't have to be monitored as closely as reciprocal links. With reciprocal links one has to be aware of unethical webmasters who will take links down or use other tactics to insure that the search engines don't see the links pages. You have to be aware of these events so that you can remove their links from your site if warranted. With non-reciprocal links, however, you don't have to be as concerned since you're not linking to them.

These are far from the only benefits of non-reciprocal link building but they are two of the most beneficial for your site and for you as its webmaster. But how do you get something for nothing? Why would someone want to link to you in exchange for no links back? Keep in mind the acronym TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch). In short, you're not going to get something for nothing but it's well worth the "something" you'll have to put in.

So non-reciprocal links are beneficial to your search engine positioning campaign... but how do you do it? There are a number of tactics that will work. Below are a few of the more successful:

Write Good Content
It's shocking, but some people will actually link to your site because it is a valuable resource that their visitors may find interesting or useful. The search engines initially gave incoming links value based on the belief that sites with incoming links tended to be sites that others find worth linking to. People actually linked to sites simply because they found the content useful. Believe it or not this practice still exists today.

If you have a quality site with great content, preferably updated regularly, others in your industry should naturally link to you. It's also appropriate to ask other webmasters to link to your site either through direct contact or by posting a page on your site, which provides images and/or link details. If you get even one link out of your efforts it was worth the 5 or so minutes it should take to put up the page.

Directory Listings
If you're willing to invest a bit of time and monëy, directory listings are probably the easiest way to get non-reciprocal links. Provided that your site has some value to it and is not offensive, most directories will list it although there is usually a "review fee" involved.

There are the well know directories such as the Yahoo! Directory. You may find, however, that the price tag for a guaranteed review from Yahoo! at $299 is a bit more than you wanted to spend for a single listing. Another "major player" in the directory world is the Open Directory Project (or DMOZ) , but you may find that with volunteer editors, your site can take many months to get listed, if at all.

Fortunately there are many "secondary" directories and there are also literally thousands of topic-specific directories that can provide valuable listings. In fact, topic-specific directory listings can in many ways be considered more valuable in that the link to your site is entirely relevant. You should also get some quality targeted traffïc from your listing provided that the directory itself ranks well.

How much you should pay for a specific listing is debatable depending on the industry, the value of the link, etc. However, in the majority of cases, topical directory listings are usually somewhere around $30-$100/yr . If your link will be placed on a page with a good PageRank and with fewer than 50 or so other sites it is worth considering.

Article Submissions
As you're reading this article you should certainly be able to infer that I personally am a fan of writing articles as a type of non-reciprocal link building. Articles provide perhaps the best of all worlds in that they provide valuable and entirely relevant links and also can be a great source of targeted traffïc.

That said, articles are also the most time consuming of link building efforts. One must consider the time it takes to write the article, find sites to publish it and to submit it to all of these sites. As a tip, when you find sites you wish to submit your article to, add them to a folder in your "Favorites" (or "Bookmarks" for those of us using Firefox). If you decide to publish more articles in the future (and you probably will) it's certainly helpful to start with a list of the places you're submitting to rather than having to find them all again down the road.

When you're writing your article there are a few considerations that you should take into account. One of the biggest benefits of articles as a link building strategy is that the links are relevant because they are about the topic of your site. Why not ensure that your titles and content are written such that they add further weïght for your targeted keywords. If you look at the title of this article "Non-Reciprocal Link Building For Higher Search Engine Positioning" you'll notice that the phrase "search engine positioning" (our main targeted phrase) is present. Additionally, the phrase is repeated periodically in the content area. This adds relevancy to the article and our targeted phrase. If you look in the credits below you'll notice that the anchor text linking to our site is "Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning" (assuming that the site on which you are reading this article allowed for HTML submissions otherwise the link should simply be the http format). This adds additional relevancy tying that phrase to our site.

Because the Beanstalk website is still in the sandbox on Google it is unable to rank for this highly competitive phrase. You may notice, however, that currently the #11 ranking page is one of our articles. This alone should demonstrate that these articles can pick up relevancy. Once Beanstalk is out of the sandbox on Google we will have many highly relevant links that are strong enough to rank #11 on their own. You can do the same provided that you treat writing your articles the same as your content. It must contain your targeted keywords and it must read well.

You are also going to want to search for many related websites to submit to. You can visit the search engines themselves to find related sites (in our case we would run a search such as "search engine positioning articles submit") or you can use a program like PR Prowler to find the links and also ensure a minimum PageRank on the sites you are submitting to.

If you decide to publish more than one article I would further recommend that you add to your list with each submission. Take a few minutes before you submit and find an additional 5+ sites to submit your articles to. You'll find your link popularity and rankings will reward you for it.

Of course, there are many additional tactics you can use to get non-reciprocal links, including paid links, press releases, etc. However, those noted above are the ones which will produce the most consistently over time and while they can be time consuming, are well worth the effort.

I wish you the very best of luck in developing your non-reciprocal links and in increasing your search engine positioning. It will take time; it will take energy; but done right it can be very rewarding.

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Experts on Russian state television repeatedly suggest that the Kremlin should bring up the removal of sanctions at every opportunity, especially while offering coronavirus aid to Western countries.During his state TV show, Soloviev expressed frustration that Trump ?didn?t understand anything? and ignored President Vladimir Putin's proposal at the recent G-20 summit calling for the immediate removal of all sanctions.Soloviev opined that the first country that is able to create the coronavirus vaccine would acquire an instrument of enormous political pressure. Russia is actively seeking to develop such a lever of global influence, but the unproven panacea it is currently touting was made in the USA.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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    Indonesia Prepares to Lock Down 30 Million People to Curb Virus(Bloomberg) -- Indonesia may soon quarantine almost 30 million people in its capital and surrounding areas to curb the spread of the coronavirus that?s killed more than 100 people in the world?s fourth-most populous nation.Police and transport officials conducted drills on limiting the movement of people from the Greater Jakarta area at the weekend, the Jakarta Post reported. The governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, said a decision on the lockdown, including in the worst virus-hit areas of the province adjoining Jakarta, was expected on Monday.The plan for a shutdown follows a spike in confirmed cases, with the number of infections in Jakarta reaching 675, more than half the country?s total. The pandemic has killed 114 people, the highest in Southeast Asia. The lockdown will allow authorities to prevent an exodus of people from the capital city area to their hometowns or villages as jobs are lost or when the Muslim-majority nation celebrates the end of the fasting month in May.The return of people in large numbers from places like Jakarta, the epicenter of the pandemic in Indonesia, to their homes can complicate ongoing efforts to halt the spread of the virus, Kamil said in a statement Sunday.There are fears a new wave of infections could soon hit the nation of almost 270 million people as authorities ramp up rapid testing of suspected cases using blood samples. Authorities had already declared a state of emergency until April 19 in Jakarta, asking companies to allow employees to work from home and businesses to operate only essential services to contain the virus spike.President Joko Widodo had argued against copying the lockdown model adopted by countries such as China and Malaysia, saying the character and culture of the country should be taken into account in deciding shutdowns, and instead called for voluntary physical distancing. But the surge in cases has overwhelmed the country?s healthcare system, with authorities scrambling to procure enough personal protection equipment, hazmat suits and ventilators for medical workers.The government temporarily banned exports of face masks and sanitizers, and allowed traders to import garlic and onions without permits to boost supplies ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It has already ordered retailers to ration the sale of staples such as rice, cooking oils, sugar and instant noodles to prevent panic buying and hoarding.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • 'Super-spreader' guru puts Indian villages on high alert -

    'Super-spreader' guru puts Indian villages on high alertAt least 15,000 people who may have caught the coronavirus from a 'super-spreader' guru are under strict quarantine in northern India after the Sikh religious leader died of COVID-19. The 70-year-old guru, Baldev Singh, had returned from a trip to Europe's virus epicentre Italy and Germany when he went preaching in more than a dozen villages in Punjab state. It has sparked one of India's most serious alerts related to the pandemic and special food deliveries are being made to each household under even tighter restrictions than the 21-day nationwide stay-at-home order imposed by the government.

  • 'I don't know how you look at those numbers and conclude anything less than thousands of people will pass away': Cuomo discusses state fatality projections -

    'I don't know how you look at those numbers and conclude anything less than thousands of people will pass away': Cuomo discusses state fatality projectionsGov. Andrew Cuomo spoke about New York state?s fatality projections during a press conference on Sunday.

  • Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China and believes it could have 40 times more coronavirus cases than it claims -

    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China and believes it could have 40 times more coronavirus cases than it claimsUK government sources quoted on Sunday say China faces a "reckoning" over its handling of the coronavirus crisis.

  • Woodland Park boy donates 1,000 sanitizer sprays to town amid coronavirus concerns -

    Woodland Park boy donates 1,000 sanitizer sprays to town amid coronavirus concerns11-year-old Jayden Perez and his family donated 1,000 hand sanitizer sprays to his New Jersey community as concerns around the spread of COVID-19 grow.

  • Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick, dies -

    Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick, diesFormer U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was stubborn as a mule and conservative to his core. Coburn, who died early Saturday at age 72, joined the U.S. Senate the same year as President Barack Obama, and the pair became fast friends despite their contrasting ideologies. In Oklahoma, where Obama failed to carry a single county in his 2008 presidential bid, voters took note.

  • Thailand's tourist haven Pattaya devastated as coronavirus hits travel -
  • Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources -

    Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sourcesCARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities, three people familiar with the matter said on Saturday, after prosecutors charged him this week with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been in hiding since a Spanish court in November approved his extradition to the United States.

  • Jeanine Pirro responds to critics of appearance on Fox News show -

    Jeanine Pirro responds to critics of appearance on Fox News showPro-Trump anchor appeared late and apparently disheveled on Saturday night, leading to social media speculationPresenting from home has become a new normal for TV hosts during the coronavirus outbreak, but for one of Donald Trump?s favorite personalities, things did not go so well on Saturday night.Jeanine Pirro missed the entire first segment of her show Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News and appeared disheveled when she did finally appear, her hair noticeably and uncharacteristically non-coiffured.Fox News issued a statement on Sunday blaming ?technical difficulties? for the spectacle and seeking to excuse the mishaps by pointing out that it, like others in such challenging times, was operating ?with a reduced staff working remotely to ensure the health and safety of our employees?.Pirro defended herself in a lunchtime tweet that claimed her hair was out of place because of an audio device in her ear with ?no staff around to notice?.?I was in a truck that was not prepared to broadcast [because] we had no connection, no visual and no teleprompter,? she wrote.The explanations cut little ice with social media users, however, several of whom suggested alternative reasons for what they saw.Aaron Rupar, a Vox journalist, questioned the wisdom of allowing Pirro to appear at all.?OMG. What is Fox doing putting someone on the air in [that] condition?,? he wrote.Pirro, 68, told another Twitter user: ?Keep hating. U wear it well.?The former New York state district attorney has often won praise from Trump for her supportive rightwing commentary and analysis and her aggressive pursuit of ?liberals?.Despite her weekend show, regularly attracting impressive prime-time ratings, the outspoken host has had a somewhat rocky relationship with her employers.In 2019 Pirro was suspended for two weeks for on-air comments she made questioning the patriotism of the US congresswoman Ilhan Omar and criticizing her for wearing a hijab.Throughout that controversy she retained Trump?s support, the president falsely blaming Pirro?s absence on ?radical left Democrats working closely with their beloved partner, the fake news media? in using ?every trick in the book to silence a majority of our country?.Despite the president?s remarks, Fox released its own statement strongly condemning what Pirro said.

  • Coronavirus lockdown in India: ?Beaten and abused for doing my job? -

    Coronavirus lockdown in India: ?Beaten and abused for doing my job?India's last-mile delivery executives are struggling to function as the country goes in lockdown.

  • Shop in upstate N.Y. sells doughnuts starring Dr. Fauci's face -

    Shop in upstate N.Y. sells doughnuts starring Dr. Fauci's faceA doughnut shop in Rochester, N.Y., is featuring the likeness of the doctor leading the country's battle with coronavirus on its treats. Donuts Delite began selling hundreds of doughnuts with Dr. Anthony Fauci's face on Monday.

  • Iran warns of lengthy 'new way of life' as virus deaths rise -

    Iran warns of lengthy 'new way of life'  as virus deaths risePresident Hassan Rouhani warned Sunday that "the new way of life" in Iran was likely to be prolonged, as its declared death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 2,640. The Islamic republic is one of the countries worst-hit by the virus, which first originated in China. Iran announced its first infection cases on February 19, but a senior health official has acknowledged that the virus was likely to have already reached Iran in January.

  • Trump sounds like he could make a move that would make the coronavirus pandemic even worse -

    Trump sounds like he could make a move that would make the coronavirus pandemic even worseSome of Trump's advisors and allies are talking about barring coronavirus fighting equipment from international trade. That could start a trade war.

  • Police break up 'illegal' house party that violated N.J.'s stay-at-home order -

    Police break up 'illegal' house party that violated N.J.'s stay-at-home orderThe party's organizer was charged, the governor said.

  • What you need to know today about the virus outbreak -

    What you need to know today about the virus outbreakPresident Donald Trump has backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a ?strong Travel Advisory? be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak. Trump's talk earlier Saturday of what he called a quarantine for those hard-hit areas raised questions whether the federal government had the power to do so. Vice President Mike Pence has since tweeted federal health officials are urging residents of the three states ?to refrain from non-essential travel for the next 14 days.?

  • Should travelers cancel their vacation to Mexico? Travel experts discuss the options. -

    Should travelers cancel their vacation to Mexico? Travel experts discuss the options.Travel agents say tourists should consider rebooking their trips to Mexico for later in the year rather than asking for a refund. Here's why.

  • Saudi Arabia expands lockdown as coronavirus death toll doubles -

    Saudi Arabia expands lockdown as coronavirus death toll doublesSaudi Arabia halted entry and exit into Jeddah governorate on Sunday, expanding lockdown rules as it reported four new deaths from a coronavirus outbreak that continues to spread in the region despite drastic measures to contain it. The Saudi health ministry said four more foreign residents, in Jeddah and Medina, had died from the virus, taking the total to eight. Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain reported more cases, taking the total in the six Gulf Arab countries to over 3,200, with 15 deaths.

  • Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump's quarantine idea -

    Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump's quarantine ideaPublic health experts have criticized the idea of instituting statewide quarantines in ?hot spots? like New York.

  • Coronavirus: India's PM Modi seeks 'forgiveness' over lockdown -

    Coronavirus: India's PM Modi seeks 'forgiveness' over lockdownNarendra Modi apologises for sweeping restrictions that have left many jobless and hungry.

  • Alabama girl, 4, missing for nearly two days, found safe -

    Alabama girl, 4, missing for nearly two days, found safeEvelyn Vadie Sides and her dog have been reunited with worried loved ones.

  • QAnon Mom Charged With Kidnapping Her Kids -

    QAnon Mom Charged With Kidnapping Her KidsA QAnon conspiracy theorist, fascinated with the crackpot legal theories of the anti-government ?sovereign citizen? movement, allegedly kidnapped her two daughters last week. It is just the latest example of the growing and increasingly dangerous overlap between right-wing conspiracy theories and real-life violent crime.QAnon believers have been charged in the past with two murders, a terrorist incident near the Hoover Dam, and an incidence of church vandalism, all of which appear to have been motivated by their bizarre beliefs.Kentucky resident Neely Blanchard, whose two daughters are legally in their grandmother?s sole custody, allegedly took the children from their grandmother?s house in Logan County, Ky., on March 20, according to police. An amber alert sent out after the alleged abduction warned that Blanchard was armed with a handgun.Blanchard was eventually arrested early Thursday morning, and her two daughters were recovered unharmed. Blanchard now faces two kidnapping charges and two charges of custodial interference, according to Logan County Sheriff Stephen Stratton, who said that law enforcement officials traced her cellphone location to the home of a group of anti-government extremists known as sovereign citizens.What Is QAnon? The Craziest Theory of the Trump Era, ExplainedSovereign citizens believe in an elaborate set of legal theories that holds that American citizens can unilaterally use certain code phrases to proclaim that the United States government has no jurisdiction over them ?and thus get out of hot water with the justice system. While these ideas have no actual force in law, a series of Facebook groups and YouTube personalities have promoted sovereign citizen theories to parents desperate to regain custody of their children, drawing them into the fringe movement. The FBI considers sovereign citizens a potential source of domestic terrorism. A 2018 Southern Poverty Law Center report found that sovereign citizens had killed six law enforcement officials since 2005.Blanchard, for example, is the moderator of a Facebook group called ?E-Clause??a hotbed for sovereign citizen legal discussion?and drives a car with an ?ECLAUSE? license plate. While Blanchard avoided police, other sovereign citizen E-Clause supporters posted encouragingly on her Facebook page. E-Clause founder Kirk Pendergrass did not respond to a request for comment.While on the run with her children, Blanchard posted a ?non-consent? statement on Facebook that appeared to be a reference to sovereign citizen ideas.?I do not consent, I do not contract, I do not acquiesce nor trade, or allow access or enquiry to my nor my children?s Cestui que vie trust,? Blanchard?s strange statement read. ?All deemed authorities are now notified & therefore have no legal jurisdiction against me, I am now not ?deemed dead lost at sea.??The letter appears to be a sovereign citizen tactic meant to help Blanchard regain custody of her children and avoid kidnapping charges. Copies of the letter were also delivered to baffled legal officials around Logan County, according to Stratton.?She is claiming that she?s a sovereign citizen, and she had actually sent letters to myself and the county attorney here stating those things,? Stratton told The Daily Beast.According to her Facebook posts, Blanchard is also an ardent promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, a pro-Trump fringe movement that believes Trump is engaged in a shadowy war with a global cabal of pedophiles in the Democratic Party who eat children. Blanchard?s Facebook account includes a number of QAnon-related memes, as well as pictures of her at Trump rallies wearing QAnon shirts referencing the QAnon idea that John F. Kennedy Jr. faked his death to help Trump defeat the deep state.QAnon is popular on the sovereign citizen child custody groups, in part because its believers claim that the government and child protective agencies are abusing the children they take from their parents? custody?an idea referenced in Blanchard?s sovereign citizen letter.This isn?t the first time a child custody dispute has had the potential to turn violent over QAnon. In January, the FBI arrested QAnon believer Cynthia Abcug in Montana for allegedly plotting to kidnap her son, who was not in her custody, with the help of another armed QAnon supporter. Abcug allegedly discussed people ?dying? in a ?raid? on the home where her son lived. Abcug had been on the run before her arrest, and became a cause clbre on the same sort of sovereign citizen child custody Facebook groups that Blanchard belonged to. The hunt for Blanchard and her children was complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Stratton. When officers arrived at the sovereign citizen home where Blanchard was allegedly hiding out with her daughters, several people in the house claimed to have fevers, in an apparent attempt to scare off law enforcement.Teen-Texting QAnon Creep Quits Campaign?From what we?ve been reading, they?ve been using the coronavirus epidemic as a government conspiracy theory type thing,? Stratton said.Blanchard had previously tried to take another one of her children out of custody in 2013, after allegedly paying a friend 20 Xanax tablets to make a false abuse report.After Blanchard?s arrest in Kentucky, a woman claiming to be one of her friends posted on her Facebook account describing the arrest. The woman complained that the sheriff?s deputies ignored Blanchard?s sovereign citizen legal document and arrested her anyway?a predictable outcome, given that sovereign citizen arguments have no relation to actual laws.?We gave them the non-consent paper, showed it to them, it didn?t matter,? the woman said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • Taliban says no to Afghan negotiators -

    Taliban says no to Afghan negotiatorsThe Taliban on Saturday rejected an Afghan government negotiation team set up to hold talks with the insurgent group in a bid to end the country's 18-year-old conflict. After months of delays, the government on Friday announced a 21-member team -- including five women -- to take part in the upcoming talks, a crucial step in bringing the warring parties to the table and getting a floundering, US-led peace process back on track. "We shall only sit for talks with a negotiation team that conforms with our agreements and is constituted in accordance with the laid out principles," the statement said.

  • A 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship just docked in Los Angeles to increase local healthcare capacity ? see inside the USNS Mercy -

    A 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship just docked in Los Angeles to increase local healthcare capacity ? see inside the USNS MercyThe arrival of the USNS Mercy will allow local hospitals to focus its resources and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) on COVID-19 patients.

  • China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak -

    China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreakChina sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations. In Iran, which is battling the worst outbreak in the region, state TV said Saturday another 139 people had died from the virus. China has sought to portray itself as a global leader in the fight against the outbreak, which began a few months ago in its Wuhan province.

  • How old are coronavirus patients in the US? We looked at hospitalization data from 19 states -

    How old are coronavirus patients in the US?  We looked at hospitalization data from 19 statesA USA TODAY analysis of the age of COVID-19 cases in US shows that the the virus touches all age groups

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