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Internal, Inbound and Outbound Links vs. Inbound and Outbound Marketing

Posted by Jaco Grobbelaa on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 02:10 AM

internal, inbound and outbound links I have been stumbling over the words “internal”, "inbound" and “outbound” for the last few weeks and it seemed that no one could explain why. I have finally figured this mystery out.

There are “internal, inbound and outbound links" and “inbound and outbound marketing”. Links and marketing are entirely different things with the some of the same words just made to trip people up.

Here are the tricks: Links refer to sites that are not on the current blog post. Marketing is about how we send out the message that we have a product or service for sale.

Internal, inbound and outbound links refer to links that are attached to a blog post.

  • "Internal links" are links that go from one of your website pages to another of your own website pages. This week I learned that each blog post is a website page and you are more than welcome to link your current blog post to previous ones that are written along the same lines. You can also link to pages that tell about your website, your services, your contact information, in fact anything at all having to do with your website.

  • An "internal link" is different from an "inbound link" which Wikipedia says refers to what we have been calling backlinks—links where someone links to your page, or where you link to someone else’s website. According to Wikipedia,  “Google's description of their PageRank system, for instance, notes that Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. So an inbound link is a vote for your page, whether from another of your pages or from someone else.

  • "Outbound links" within your blog are websites that you quote from that are not a part of your website. Yes, this sounds like just what I said for an inbound link that comes from an outside source to you, but in this case you are giving credit within your blog to an outside site, just like I did with Wikepedia. They did not vote for me by leaving a backlink. I used them to give credit from the outside to what I have written to improve the credibility of my blog.

Confused yet?

Now let’s get to inbound and outbound marketing. This is so much simpler.

  • "Inbound marketing" is made up of three basic things: creating content in a centralized website, optimizing it to the search engines, and using social media properly, according to Bob Ruffolo in his blog post,  “When Does an Inbound Marketing Program Start Seeing Results”. Inbound marketing is when prospects finds your info and engage because they like it. It is also a dialogue.

  • "Outbound marketing" is what we once knew as marketing. Bill Halligan in HubSpot blog post, "Inbound vs Outbound Marketing", said, “When I talk with most marketers today about how they generate leads and fill the top of their sales funnel, most say trade shows, seminar series, email blasts to purchased lists, internal cold calling, outsourced telemarketing, and advertising.  I call these methods ‘outbound marketing’ where a marketer pushes his message out far and wide hoping that it resonates with that needle in the haystack.” Outbound marketing is pushing out your message with traditional media, example postcards and ads. Email is considered outbound marketing.

Now that we have some of the confusing definitions cleared up, let's spend some time looking at inbound marketing.

Have you been confused by these words? Did this help?

For more information:

internal, inbound and outbound linksJaco Grobbelaar is the owner of BroadVision MarketingBroadVision Marketing works with business owners to put in place inbound and outbound marketing strategies that consistently secure new clients. The BroadVision Marketing Training Center is located in Petaluma, CA and primarily serves companies in the San Francisco Bay area.

Jaco can be reached at jaco@broadvisionmarketing.com or 707.766.9778 or connect with Jaco on Facebook - www.facebook.com/broadvisionmarketing - and LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/JacoGrobbelaar.


Topics: outbound marketing, inbound links, internal links, internal marketing, outbound links, Marketing Principles

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