Make The Links Come To You: New Image SEO

by Ruud Hein June 6th, 2008 

Links is what makes search really work the way it does: effectively.

Reciprocal links were all the trend, once.

"A reciprocal link directory if a vital part of having a good Google page rank. However there are ways to make it a useful and important part of your website for reasons other than a high ranking in the Google directory."

Paid links became a fashion; did you know that before 2005, most of the time when people wrote or spoke about "paid links" they were talking about PPC?

"Google allows advertisers to bid for placement of paid links that appear when certain key words are entered on its sites."

Standards like directory submission and article syndication.

"Write good content [.] Directory listing [.] Article submissions"

But in a world where Google can claim it has basically said not to buy links since 2003 and can be iffy on just how juicy linkbait is allowed to be, seems to me the days of tricks are over <mentally insert halo over head image>.

So. Here's what I propose we do.


Instead of people copy and pasting your content they now have to link it.

Ruud Hein

My paid passion at Search Engine People sees me applying my passions and knowledge to a wide array of problems, ones I usually experience as challenges. People who know me know I love coffee.

Ruud Hein

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22 Responses to “Make The Links Come To You: New Image SEO”

  1. Wii Boy says:

    Am I missing something here? How will engines find the article (and get people to link to it) if it is just an image?

    And what if someone decides to copy the article and covert it to text form, would that steal your thunder?

    Don't get me wrong, it is a great idea, it just seems almost too good to be true.

  2. simon hb says:

    I'm assuming this is a joke, but just in case people take it at face value, I'll point out the problem this would cause for usability and accessibility, too.

  3. A Niche SEO says:

    I wish you the best with your plan. I don't get it either. The assumption that you are going to benefit from this leaves me scratching my head.

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  5. Allan says:

    I don't get it.. any more explanation?

  6. We keep on coming back to the inescapable fact of content being king. This is an innovate way to protect one's content a bit better. The only things is that the search engine bots can't crawl the content either….

  7. paulette says:

    Thanks for the list of links and info about those.

  8. Nick James says:

    I think some people have failed to detect the tongue placed firmly in your cheek, Ruud.

  9. Ruud Hein says:

    Yup… People, although there is a serious angle to this post as well (old-timers will remember making their post "unpastable" by using an overlay image….) *this* post is very much tongue in cheek. I didn't want to kick in the door and say so straight away at the start of the post so I just made sure I posted it in the category Funnies :)

  10. Wii Boy says:

    Get's his coat and hangs his head in shame for not spotting the irony (embarrassed!)

  11. Aaaargh!!! And it ain't April Fool's day either!

  12. forumistan says:

    Thanks for the list. New image seo rocks!

  13. Now it is getting quite arcane…what list? Am definitely missing something here myself!!!

  14. Tool Belts says:

    Huh this is the first post I have read from the blog and I have no idea what is going on.

  15. paulette says:

    Im sorry but i cant understand the concept of this blog whether it is a definition blog or narrative.

  16. Makes no sense to use this method.

  17. Xel deCassis says:

    Hehe .. now that's an idea to get scrapers away from your site. Not unless they have OCR software. :)

  18. Andos says:

    What will happen,if someone from your reciprocal link sell a paid link. Does it gives a bad effect to your site?

  19. Guys, I'm pretty sure he's kidding.

  20. Forever Men says:

    I'm not sure that he's kidding. And if this can work it opens a lot of new opportunities to promote such e-commerce sites that sell similar goods and can't write different descriptions. They will promote photos. I liked the idea.

  21. The idea is not bad, but the question is whether it really works. The only way is to check!