in Link Building by Jeffrey_Smith

Deep Links and Deep LinkingFor those unfamiliar with deep links and deep linking, from the standpoint of link building the inbound links (links from other sites) are considered deep links when the anchor text (the text in the link) are directed at a page other than your homepage.
Why Just Build a Link When You Can Deep Link? by SEO Design Solutions.

Sites with a high ratio of deep links have a tendency to rank extremely well, since the content on each page is given more dynamic link weight to funnel throughout the website.

Accumulated link weight (otherwise known as link equity) has a tendency to become buoyant over time, so eventually each page starts to rank for the phrases in the anchor text as well as any potential modifier contained on that page. In essence, any two keywords combined on a page can be returned as a valid search result under the right conditions and circumstances.

Based on the percentage of deep links in your overall site (the ratio of links to the homepage and the other pages in your site) you can create topical areas of concentrated link juice that finds expression in the pages within a section of sub folder of your site.

for example, has a 94% deep link ratio, which is one reason why it is a ranking juggernaut for virtually every phrase online aside from it being a resource site that has acquired true authority and hub status.

Finding the right balance for each site is crucial and typically depends on the industry and keywords sought. I prefer 35% of the links to the homepage and the remaining 65% to deep links, but each SEO is unique with their methods and approach.

Ideally, there are two ways to pass link weight throughout a site (1) through a definitive organized site architecture and (2) through virtual theming (controlling the anchor text meticulously from related keyword to related page to and from pages within your site).

Either method will suffice considering the ultimate objective of either exercise in SEO is to create a streamlined platform that requires less links from external sources in order to attain a competitive series of keywords or relative position in search engines.

For example, if you have 100 pages of content and you have 20 inbound links to the homepage of your website and 80 links to the interior pages of the website you have an 80% deep link ratio.

Based on the anchor text (the keywords used to link the content), the target page (if the keywords are synonymous with the anchor text) and the tags and reputation of the link profile for that page (the links in to links out) determine to a great extent how that page will fare in the SERPs (search engine result pages).

The homepage of a site is the easiest page to gain authority with, however, just because your websites homepage has a high page rank or inbound link weight value does not ensure that the rest of your website is not starving from link attrition.

Contextual linking is ideal since search engines rely heavily on the context of words gleaned from the keywords surrounding the anchor text. Essentially, the more related phrases contextually that surround a link, the higher the relevance for the target page.

Just like you compare a like to a like, by linking a like to a like (a keyword to a topical page that emphasizes that keyword), both pages get a lift in the eyes of the search engine algorithm.

Whenever possible (since you do have control over your own site) look for internal linking opportunities to leverage page rank and trust rank (pages that have accrued search engine trust) to elevate additional internal pages within your site.

The idea is, why settle for one page that is strong that is capable of through tags and a variety of inbound links (with diverse anchors) ranking just as strong as the homepage.

The more pages you have that pass the equity of those links around the site, the stronger the site becomes. This is one of the lesser known components of developing website authority (which insulates the site from algorithmic fluctuations).

Think of deep linking like link insurance, it can add layers like an onion to your SEO defense as well as catapult multiple top 10 rankings from each target page as a result. The power of deep links and internal link building when combined are the real secret sauce of SEO, the tighter your topical theme, the less internal links you require to compete.

Here are additional resources also contained within our website to provide further insight into the premise of deep links and the capabilities they yield when matured.

Even this in itself is an aspect of internal link building and just when the feed goes live via RSS, the links below are now deep links:

Last but now least, here is a useful SEO tool we created for in-house use that that simply allows you to provide the domain name in question and then provide the keywords you are looking at elevating, the Ultimate Link Building Toolkit then provides the most likely candidates for building internal links to.

Nothing to fancy, but in case your writing a blog post or building external links and need to look for landing pages to internally link to based on a particular keyword, then it is a useful tool.

You can also find another tool with multiple applications here called the Ultimate SEO Toolkit that you can use to research SERP positions for competitive analysis based on multiple algorithmic criteria (expect a follow up post soon). Once again nothing too fancy, but it is the strategy behind the tactic and tool that matters.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting SEO Design Solutions

About Jeffrey_Smith

In 2006, Jeffrey Smith founded SEO Design Solutions (An SEO Provider who now develops SEO Software for WordPress).

Jeffrey has actively been involved in internet marketing since 1995 and brings a wealth of collective experiences and marketing strategies to increase rankings, revenue and reach.

10 thoughts on “Why Just Build a Link When You Can Build Deep Links?
  1. Dear Jeff,

    Another way to look at deep linking is to consider that no single home page can do serious justice to Google’s “relevancy” requirement all the time. By this I mean, how is it possible to be relevant to more than a couple items on a home page. More than that and the surfers’ eyes just glaze over and they go back to Google News! So, a brief link to the subject from the home page suffices. Then, as you write, do your in-depth writing on the inner page and that inner page is the one to link to from your SEO optimization efforts.

  2. I fully agree, it’s like trying to take the cover of a book and containing all of the pages on that cover. Each page has something unique to offer for search engines and those readers who use them.

    Keywords are only the beginning of SEO, the real magic occurs when unintentional optimization and keyword stemming occur and start to funnel thousands of visitors to your pages like the butterfly effect.

    Ideally, the best way to embrace such diversity (keyword stemming) is to steer the process through content, reputation and engagement, but it is after all the internet, so anything can happen (such as you finding this link and adding to this conversation)…

    Thanks for visiting

  3. Which all started more than likely as a result of a deep link no less…

  4. Of course it did. :)

    Thanks for following up, Jeff.

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