TrustRank: How to get into the Google TrustBox
Every website has a ceiling which limits the quality of the links they
can attract. For example BlogStorm is likely to attract links from
webmaster forums and people who blog about blogging or internet
marketing related topics but is very unlikely to get a link from the
BBC. If your site has lots of Adsense and low quality content you
might get links from some less popular bloggers but it is unlikely you
will be featured on somewhere like TechCrunch.
Equally you will find that commercial sites without informative
content are unlikely to attract links from the blogosphere. Very large
commercial sites such as mobile phone networks and manufacturers are
highly likely to get links from major news sites because the companies
are so huge that anything they do is newsworthy.
The aim of this post is to help you raise your sites link ceiling,
helping you attract links from a higher calibre of website by
improving your sites linkability.
What is TrustRank
Once a website earns enough TrustRank to be thought of as an authority
site by Google it will rank for almost anything. Lucky owners of
trusted sites can add a new blog post or page and find that it ranks
well on Google within days for even competitive queries. TrustRank is
the reason you see Wikipedia articles in the top 10 for almost any
query on Google.
How do I get more Trust
There are two main factors involved in creating an authority site â€“
quality backlinks and the age of the site. Since the age of the site
is out of our control we need to focus totally on building trusted
The first factor I look at when starting a new linkbuilding campaign
for a client is the design of the website. If your site doesn’t have a
good design and an easy navigation system it will be much harder to
attract links from other websites. Investing in a stunning design
without lots of adverts is a great way to encourage other sites to
link to you.
Next I will analyse the site to see if it offers something useful. If
the site is the online home of an offline business then the company
can probably attract links without a remarkable website, provided the
business is popular and offers a good service.
Affiliate websites and blogs don’t have this option so they need to
make sure they offer remarkable content and some interesting tools
before they even begin asking for links. If you don’t know what
content and tools your visitors might find interesting then you
probably need to do some market research and try to get to know your
Anther important link building factor is your about page. Some sites
need to know a lot of information about a website before they will
link to it. If you can reassure people that you are a legitimate
business you will attract many more links in the long term.
Once the website is perfect in terms of stunning design and
interesting content we can start the task of promoting it.
Building trusted links is slightly different to normal linkbaiting in
that you can’t just rely on social media to get your content seen. Try
to use methods such as emailing selected webmasters introducing
yourself and calling some businesses on the phone to speak to them.
Remember that some sites will only give trusted links to websites they
trust. If you decide to send an email make sure that under no
circumstances can it be interpreted as a link exchange email. Don’t
even ask for a link in your first email. The idea is to get the
webmaster to read your site and remember it or subscribe to your RSS
Think outside your niche
A lot of people think that links have to be from related sites if they
are to help your rankings. Whilst this is true in some cases any link
from a trusted site will help your TrustRank, even if the site is
totally unrelated. A good tactic if you have a good linkbait idea that
doesn’t quite fit your own site is to launch it on its own domain and
publicize it as much as possible for a few months before 301
redirecting it to a folder on your main domain. Sometimes releasing
content on a brand new site will attract more links than if you had
released it on your blog.
News websites are not going to suddenly decide to link to your website
unless you have either released an interesting piece of content or
your company has done something newsworthy. If you can’t think of
something then try searching archives on Google News to see if you can
recycle some old news items with a modern spin.
Once you have created something remarkable then you need to contact as
many editors as possible. Most large websites have contact email
addresses for news submissions so you won’t have a problem finding
people to contact. Remember that they get hundreds of emails per day
so your email will need to be concise and to the point.
In the past few years Google has placed a huge amount of weight in the
trust of a domain and having an authority site pretty much guarantees
a steady stream of traffic. How have you gained authority status in
Google? Have you any more tips?