Too many writers do. Or they’re simply unaware of the three most important reasons to include them: they improve your search engine optimization, drive traffic to your website, and amplify your message.
Used correctly, links can also push consumers to take the action you want them to take, whether it’s buying a product or calling for a reservation.
Business Wire has a helpful White Paper, ” Six Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Press Release,” that you can download for free, and using hyperlinks is one of the tips. The White Paper givest two examples of when you should consider linking. If the release includes a quote from your CEO, link to the CEO’s bio. If the release announces a new business opening, link to a map that shows readers where it’s located.
17 Other Opportunities to Use Links
Here are 17 of my own ideas:
- A sales page, where brilliant sales copy can push consumers to buy your product or service.
- A video that demonstrates how to use the product you’re writing about, or provides helpful tips that tie into the topic of the release.
- A page of testimonials from happy customers.
- A blog post you’ve written where your readers are engaged in a lively conversation about a particular topic.
- An earlier press release that offers more perspective on the topic.
- A podcast that ties into the topic.
- Your online press room where journalists and consumers can find more background information about you and your business.
- Your social media profiles, with a recommendation that readers follow you.
- A page at your website that includes an opt-in box where people can request something like a free White Paper, special report, or list of helpful tips.
- A book you’re selling on Amazon.com.
- A page at your website that includes frequently asked questions.
- A page at your website where visitors will find product photos.
- Quotes from analysts.
- A page where readers can ask you a question about a particular topic. (A great way to generate sales leads!)
- Reviews from customers.
- An online catalog.
- A photo gallery that ties into the topic of the release
But Don’t Go Overboard
A word of caution. Don’t go nuts when using hyperlinks.
Press release expert Janet Thaeler, who was my guest during a teleseminar on how to use keywords in press releases, says a good rule of thumb is one link for every 100 to 150 words in the release. Use more than that, and the release can annoy readers as well as the search engines. It will look like you’re spamming.
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Those are my ideas. Now, lets hear yours. When do you use hyperlinks in press releases and what kinds of results have you seen?