How to Link to Godaddy With WordPress
Godaddy recently changed their linking policy which now requires you to have a verified domain to link to. Being a top name in web hosting, you’ll likely want to know how to get the most out of your link.
While it’s true that you can buy a cheap, dubious, or shady domain from any number of online registrars that will never ask you to verify your identity, it’s not exactly the best route. After all, if you do link to a verified domain you’ll likely have the opportunity to engage with the owner in the course of their one-on-one interaction with your site.
Here’s what you need to know:
Get A Verified Domain
If you have a website or blog that you’d like to link to, you’ll want to get a verified domain. This way you can be sure that you’re connecting to a genuine website and not a shady one that poses as a godaddy affiliate in order to trick you.
There are plenty of great places to purchase a verified domain. You’ll typically have the option of either sticking with the traditional.com or going for a more contemporary.io or.au URL. If you go for the more traditional.com, it means that you’ll have to pay a bit more money, but you’ll also be able to easily find a hosting package that supports this domain type. If you go for a more contemporary.io or.au URL, you’ll have to find a host that supports these top-level domains (TLDs).
You’ll find plenty of hosts that support.io or.au URLs. Just make sure that you keep your eye out for the best deal. You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune just to get a verified domain. Buying a cheap host with a free domain package is usually a good idea. For more information on the best hosting packages and prices, consult this useful guide which covers some of the most popular web hosting services.
Use Your Verified Domain
Once you’ve purchased a verified domain, you’ll need to put it to use. This means that you’ll have populate it with content and give it a solid foundation of links. You’ll also want to make sure that the content that you create on the site is highly relevant to the niche that you’re in. This is why it’s important to purchase a verified domain – it gives you the opportunity to build a quality portfolio of websites or blogs with a trustworthy link.
If you have a digital marketing agency that you operate out of, you’ll likely want to find a.com domain that is easy to brand. This is especially important if you’re using the domain for your email marketing campaigns. The point of this being that you don’t want to use a domain that is too difficult for your customers to remember – especially if they’re not in the habit of searching for web addresses. This is why you should purchase a.com or.net domain. You can also use your.gov domain for electronic commerce and authentication.
Make Sure That The Domain Is Registered
After you’ve bought a verified domain, you’ll want to make sure that it is indeed registered. This is important because if you don’t own the domain, you can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to secure a high-quality link. If you find that the domain is not yet registered, you should contact the owner and request that they register it immediately. If they don’t respond to your request, it’s time to revisit the purchase – chances are, the domain was purchased illegally and is not worth the investment.
Create A Blog On The Same Platform As Your Website
If you’ve been paying attention to the online world, you’ll know that blogging is a popular and effective way to establish authority in your niche and gain additional exposure for your website. When you integrate a blog into the infrastructure of your website, you’re effectively doubling down on your efforts and gaining an additional, free source of traffic. Many top-level domain names become available each year, so finding a.com or.org domain that is already established isn’t hard. What is hard is finding a.com or.org domain that is relevant to your niche.
Use Your New Domain To Link To Other Important Websites
Once you’ve linked to a verified domain, you’ll have the opportunity to establish a chain of trust with other authoritative websites. This is referred to as a backlink and can be a useful way to spread the word about your website without paying for advertising. For example, you can link to a verified domain for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and then cite that domain as a source in your articles. Linking to them will help your readers gain more trust in your recommendations – especially if other websites promote similar products or services to those that your audience is already familiar with.
Secure A Premium Link
Once you’ve purchased a verified domain, you’ll have the opportunity to get a premium link. A premium link is simply a link that is paid for by someone other than the site owner. These links are often found at the foot of articles which are published on highly authoritative websites. When someone clicks on a premium link, they often end up on a website that they’ve never seen before – which oftentimes results in an increase in traffic and revenue. It’s important to note that premium links don’t have to be limited to professional websites – even popular blogs sometimes get the occasional premium link as a way of encouraging continued blogging or recommending a product that they believe in.
If you’re serious about securing a premium link for your website, you have two options. You can either get link placement in high-authority directories or you can become a trusted contributor on a well-known website.
The first option is free, while the second option requires a bit of investment – in terms of both time and money. If you’d like to learn more, here are some authoritative places to start (we’ve listed the ones that we think are the best):
Choose Websites That Are Established
If you really want to go the extra mile and get a premium link, the best option is to find established websites in your niche that have a lot of authority – a good rule of thumb is to find a website that is at least a year old and has been around for a while. With so much competition, it’s essential to find a way to stand out above the crowd. One way of doing this is to purchase a premium link from an authoritative website – this is a quick and easy way to gain credibility and make your site stand out above the rest.
Build Up A Good Portfolio Of Websites
If you want to build up a good portfolio of websites, the best way of doing this is by purchasing a verified domain and creating a blog on the same platform. Once you’ve got a handful of sites, it’s time to look for a better way of linking between them. There are two options here:
Join A Linking Circle
If you’re serious about linking, the best option here is to find a reputable linking circle. A linking circle is a group of websites that all link to each other – usually for free. Once you’re a part of a reputable circle, you’ll have the opportunity to get a link from one of the websites in the circle. You’ll also have the chance to get a free digital marketing audit which will help you find the best way to build up a portfolio of sites without having to spend a fortune on advertising – or getting scammed by a fake website owner.
To find a linking circle, all you need to do is search for reputable circles in your niche on Google. You’ll then find a number of websites and blogs that are all interested in linking to quality sites in your niche – as long as you’re a quality site, they’ll be more than happy to help you get linked.
Use Your Own Links
If you’ve been building up a quality portfolio of sites over a couple of years, it’s time to look for better ways of securing links. One option is to use your own links – the difference is that when you use your own links, the websites that you’re linking to will have to give you a direct link in return. If you’re serious about expanding your reach and gaining credibility, using your own links is the best way of doing this. For example, if you’ve built up a portfolio of sites over the past two years and you’ve been getting a lot of natural link traffic from good old-fashioned word of mouth – why not give it a try and see what happens? It’s always an option, especially if you’re wanting to find alternative ways of securing traffic.