There are many articles talking about the importance of back links to generate long term traffic, and then there are an epidemic of articles that contain back links in one's own articles that are as long as the road to Timbuktu. What gives?
I find myself withdrawing away from people whose every new publication included such a long list of their own articles/poems that are not related to the subject. Common sense seems to be missing for the following reasons.
Points to Remember
- Ask yourself this: who has time to read one, then continue to click on another, and another on the list?
- Are you the only friend/fan on other people's list?
- Too much self promoting in your own articles leave a bad impression after a while: desperate!
- How many people, really, actually click on those links?
- Did you, yourself, click on the links in other people's articles? What do you think when you have just finished reading one and then see a list of their other links?
I have no objections on back links when they are used properly, preferably in their related subject, or when they provide more additional information for the same coverage.
Back links are wonderful when you can provide other people's work into your own, or when you come up with a creative way to do it such as when Michele Cameron Drew published Today's Reading List. Not only this poem is fun to read, it is original, and inventive.
When you do back links, remember to be moderate and tasteful! I'm sure there are many people who are tired of looking at those links as much as I do, and that is a dreaded feeling when they see your new articles. Eventually, yours will be pushed to the bottom of their reading list, "save for when more time is allowed" kind of thing!