Getting more links to your vacation rental website is critical in helping it get found organically (a.k.a. for free) in the search engines. The more inbound links your website has from higher authority sources, the more authority your own website will earn.
Essentially, there are 2 primary ways to rank higher in Google, Yahoo, and Bing. One is to optimize your website for keyword phrases potential renters might be searching for. This includes things like your website domain name (URLs), page titles, H1 headers, and your meta description. The second, and more important, is getting more inbound links to your website from high authority websites (i.e. The New York Times has a much higher authority than Bob’s Blog).
One way to measure this authority is through Google’s PageRank. It scores a web page out of 10 and it’s logarithmic, meaning it’s much harder to move your website from a 5 to a 6, than it is from a 2 to a 3. You can check out your current PageRank here.
If I’ve confused you too much already, that’s okay. You don’t need to know the specifics. These vacation rental listing sites allow you to post your home for free and include a link to your website that passes good SEO juice. Use a descriptive keyword as the link text if you can (i.e. “Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental” instead of “My Website”).
- scenicrentals.com (PR 4)
- petvr.com (PR 4)
- rentalspot.com (PR3)
- findyourvacationhome.com (PR 3)
- dwellable.com (PR 3)
- adventurepads.com (PR 3)
- fhbo.com (PR 2)
- escapelets.com (PR 2)
- trekkvacations.com (PR 1)
- qualityvacationrental.com (PR 1)
Know of other free listing sites to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
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