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How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!
« on: December 09, 2008, 09:02:19 AM »
I had a PM recently from a member asking about what code he can use on his website to link to RUA. One of the things I am working on at the moment is getting more links and banners out in the webosphere, so I thought I would put this information out to all.

If you run a blog or a website or know someone that does, or participate in any social networking sites, newsgroups, forums, etc., a text link (or a banner if a webmaster) pointing to this website would be really appreciated.  It will help more people find the site and also improve our rankings in internet search engines.

If you post on other forums, the occasional topic related text link in a post, or signature link, has a similar effect. (Note: Some competing RW related forums will delete our links, but visa and most other forums probably wont, as long as you follow their rules about such things and don't overdo it)

In this post I will give some basic pointers (without tech jargon) about code for websites, and code for other forums, in a way you can just copy and paste as and when you want to.

Banners - This is our 468x60 standard banner:

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To place this on your website or blog, you would use this code:

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<!-- Begin RUAdventures.com Banner Code-->
<p align="center">
<a href=http://ruadventures.com target="_blank">
<img border="1" src="http://www.ladagirl.com/banners/RUAchickbanner.gif"
style="border: 1 solid #000000" alt="The Leading Russian Women Information Forum" align="center" width="468" height="60">
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<font face="Arial" size="1">The Leading Russian Women Information Forum</font> </a> </p> <!-- End RUAdventures.com Banner Code-->

Text Links:

Text links have more value when they are used with contextual words, like this: Russian Women Information Forum - To make a live link like that on a website, blog or anywhere you can use HTML, you would use this code:

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<a href="http://ruadventures.com" target="blank">Russian Women Information Forum</a>

On a forum post, you would use this code:

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[url=http://ruadventures.com]Russian Women Information Forum[/url]

It doesn't have to be a Russian women related site where you put our link, as long as you are allowed to do it wherever you do it, it's not terribly important - Google sees all links. The more incoming links Google sees on other websites, blogs and forums, the more "credibility" it sees this site as having, so we rise in the search engines, and ultimately get more members. And we all benefit from that! (So yes, even one on ObamaRocks.com would help)

Blog & News Site Readers

If you ever comment on blog posts or news items on the internet, there is often a space to insert a URL. If you insert our full URL .........

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http://ruadventures.com

.....in the box provided when you are replying, that will often create another link to this site. See the picture below for clarification.


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All these small things to get RUA links out there will take you just moments while you are on your internet travels, and not cost you a dime. But, if enough people do it occasionally, it will be of great benefit to this site over the long term. It will help to bring us more members and make the forum a more vibrant and interesting community.

Webmasters

If you are a webmaster who wants to do something with reciprocal links, three way links or work with us in some other mutually beneficial way for SEO purposes, please contact me by PM or by e-mail at forumadmin@[this web site]. We have many sites/pages/blogs, etc. (on various topics) that are PR3 and above that can be utilized for this purpose. It need not be this site you link to.

Any Other Ideas?

As with anything, I am open to any new ideas that will increase our inbound links and/or popularity.  ;D
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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 09:19:11 AM »
Manny, do you know which I'd use for the "Wordpress" blog software?

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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 09:26:58 AM »
Manny, do you know which I'd use for the "Wordpress" blog software?

I think the html code, like so:

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<a href="http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php?topic=2257.0" target="blank">Learn Russian Language With Mendeleyev</a>

Would show up like Learn Russian Language With Mendeleyev on a wordpress blog - if thats wrong, somebody will correct me.

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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008, 12:13:35 PM »
Thanks, I'll try it.

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2009, 02:23:09 PM »
Just to clarify that Mendy, on the latest version of wordpress I am using, which I think is 2.7.1, you flick to "html" and not "visual" when typing a post and use the code above.

You can also highlight the text you want to use as a link, click the complete chain link symbol above, and a window will pop up where you past in the URL you want to use. You also get an option if it opens in a new browser window or not.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009, 09:42:19 PM »
Okay, lets say I want to use the banner as a permanent part of my blog.

Maybe I'm not getting the idea, but if I insert this into a post, after a month it will disappear and be archived where nobody will see it unless they stumble upon it.

Manny, on my blog for example, how would I insert it into the "black space" either on the left or right so that it remains permanently?

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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2009, 02:28:31 AM »
The black space left and right is part of the blog theme. It would mean altering the source code, which might be tricky for you. (If even possible as its hosted on Wordpress?)

If I wanted to alter, for example a header or a footer, I would do it via FTP manually: wp-content/themes/theme name/footer.php

I might be inclined to leave it in the blog roll where it is Mendy, and insert the odd one in posts as I go.
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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2009, 04:43:01 AM »

How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!


I am here already  :innocent:  (does it sound like Julie?  :chuckle: )
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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2009, 05:30:14 PM »
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I am here already

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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2009, 05:31:59 PM »
Manny, supposedly I can add features like the word of the day with the speaker box, etc, but the instructions all look Greek to me.  Seems as if I could add that tool, should be able to add a banner also.

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2009, 12:19:07 PM »
Manny, does your data tell you how many websites you are linked from?

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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2009, 12:39:32 PM »
Manny, does your data tell you how many websites you are linked from?

There is data anyone can see on Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc., that tells you that for each search engine (they say). But it is not reliable. There are tools that say they aggregate the figures from all engines, but they are not reliable either.

Some links are "redirected" links (like from myspace or some similar sites for example). Google says it does not value those - but it does, maybe to a lesser degree.

The whole links/Google/Search engine subject is very complicated really. I don't know it all; I don't know a fraction of it. (Actually nobody knows it all because Google won't tell!) But, I know enough after several years reading and learning to know what gets us on page one of Google.
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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2009, 06:22:19 PM »
Manny, does your data tell you how many websites you are linked from?

There is data anyone can see on Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc., that tells you that for each search engine (they say). But it is not reliable. There are tools that say they aggregate the figures from all engines, but they are not reliable either.

More questions...  :)

If there is a link from another forum, does it make any difference if it goes to the home page or to another thread?

Are mulitiple links from multiple pages on the same site worth the same as a single link?

If there is a link from a thread that hasn't been viewed in many weeks is that any difference?

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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2009, 01:30:26 PM »
More questions...  :)

If there is a link from another forum, does it make any difference if it goes to the home page or to another thread?

Not much difference for our purposes. If you link to an inner topic or room, that is known as "deep linking", keyword it accordingly. A short answer is a link is a link!

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Are mulitiple links from multiple pages on the same site worth the same as a single link?

The more links that are from one site to another and the validity of those as numbers increase is debated by many. Not all engines read all pages remember; some engines just skim 500 or so pages and leave it at that. A signature link that shows 900 times does not have the same validity as 900 links from 900 different sites, but it sure has some validity more than one.

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If there is a link from a thread that hasn't been viewed in many weeks is that any difference?

If its a generally busy site, Google sees all. It will re crawl all pages eventually.
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Re: How You Can Help This Website Become Even Better - For Free!
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2009, 03:27:30 PM »
Manny,

I fixed the "code" tag in your first post because it messed up the layout bigtime ;)