For twenty years or more the marketing industry has been obsessed with the idea of integration. The nature of the internet is such that if we don’t integrate our online communications may for ever languish in some digital backwater.
The idea of a link or hyperlink is central to the concept of the world wide web. If we want to increase traffic to our online content then we need to find ways of creating links that will take people to it. You need to understand how links work and build linking strategies into your digital PR programmes. You can if you choose, work with specialists in this area, but if budgets don’t allow there are some basics that you can learn and should implement.
Unless you have used a search engine, following a link is one of the most common ways to find new content on the web. A link suggests authority not just in the Technorati sense but in the literal sense. If a site you trust offers to lead you somewhere for more information you are more likely to have a look. Link building is about quantity, but for this reason it is also clearly about quality. Links also elevate your Google rankings. Search engines give sites with good genuine links a higher ranking.
In many senses the social web is about community and by having links to other places you are playing your part in the community. Effective and appropriate linking can make you part of a powerful network.