Promote Your Photo Pages With PDF Submissions

 

Document Sharing is quite popular in the SEO world because it’s simple promotion technique that can generate almost instant traffic and create some very high-value backlinks at the same. The backlinks are particularly useful because they come from high PageRank websites and the links are contextual… which means they’re embedded in the body of the document rather than just listed in a profile or added as comment.

For photographers it’s a great way to generate some extra traffic and add some link-juice to any of your photo pages.

We’ve been experimenting with this at GlobalEye for a while, and lately we’ve been getting some excellent results submitting PDF versions of our Photographer’s Gallery Proofsheets. These are a single pages showing the thumbnails of each image, plus the captions, plus an introduction/description for the gallery set.

We basically make a PDF file of that page, and then submit it to various Document Sharing websites, and then bookmark each instance in a number of social media and social bookmarking accounts, creating a two-tiered network of links all pointing back to the original photo gallery.

To really get things moving, we gather each of the links from each step as we go, and then add those to our account on LinkPipeline. That is an automated link indexing program that makes sure Google and the other major search engines ‘discover’ all these new pages and links ASAP.

The video above walks you through a simplified version of this process using free tools to get a very similar result.

It is a quick and easy way to give any web page a bit of a boost, and over time, each new submission you make will generate additional traffic and help your whole web presence rank better in the search engines.

GlobalEye Photographers please note: we are already processing your Gallery sets through this system, so there’s no need to do it yourself. However, this can also work extremely well for your portfolio page, your personal website page, or any of your lightboxes… and if you wanted to submit your gallery pages to you own doc sharing accounts, it would give them an additional boost as well!

The process itself is quite simple and I’d recommend you watch the video first, then come back here to work through it step-by-step. There is a little bit of set up required, but once that’s done, each new submission will only take a couple of minutes.

 

Google Drive Account. If you have a GMail or Google+ account this is set up ready to go. Just login to Google and then go to https://drive.google.com and follow the prompts.

Google Chrome Browser.  It’s not a bad idea to use this anytime you’re working on your own website, as Google tracks the usage and it shows a users spending more time on your pages, which helps lower your websites ‘bounce rate’.

Send To Google Drive App.  Once you have Chrome installed ,visit the Googl eApps store … https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps …and search for ‘Send To Google Drive’. Install that and restart your browser, and you’re ready to go!

From now on it’s just a matter of visiting any webpage you want to promote and clicking the icon in the top right corner to ‘Send To Google Drive‘. Then you can send a copy directly to Google, download another copy and then share it as well.

Make sure you always use the Share button… that will prompt you to make the PDF ‘Public’ on Google Drive so people can find it there, as well creating a couple of instant second tier backlinks.

Also copy the Google Drive URL to a text file. (Well use that again shortly so leave it open!)

You can then start submitting your PDF file to the various Document Sharing sites below. First time around, it’s probably easiest to just complete the process with one file.

You’ll need to create an account on each site, so take your time and set up a complete profile on each. These are high PageRank sites and most will  let you link back to your website, so be sure to copy the URL your Profile Page as you set up each account and we’ll get those indexed as well when we’re done.

Once your account is set up, upload the PDF file and complete the submission forms with as much relevant information as possible. Add 5-6 tags and make sure you use a good mix of relevant keywords.

As you make each submission, be sure to copy the URL of the PDF file to your text file.

You should also bookmark the PDF pages on each site in as many social bookmarking sites or social media accounts as you can. That part can get a little tedious doing it manually, but if you look at it as a one-time job that will work for you indefinitely, it’s well worth the effort!

Remember to make a note of the URLs for all the posts & bookmarks as well, and add them all to your text list.

If you’ve posted PDFs to the top 8 sites, and bookmarked/shared each of those 5-6 times, you should now have a list of 50+ URLs in your text file. The final step is to submit those to a Link Indexing service.  We use a pro tool called LinkPipeline that keeps submitting each link until it’s indexed, but you can get reasonable results using the free tool below, and resubmitting again a few days later.

http://www.siteindexer.net/

So once you’ve done that, your created a powerful 2-tiered network of backlinks, all feeding visitor traffic and valuable Link Juice back to your target page.

Even better, as you repeat the process with other related photo content, the common themes start to consolidate and you’ll find your Google rankings improving for your entire website as well.

 

Here’s a list of the top Doc Sharing sites. Most of them are high traffic and high PageRank, so it really is worth using as many of them as you can, at least for your first few submissions. After that, even if you only submit each new PDF to 3-4 different sites each time, you should still get a pretty good result.

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Website Url
     PR
Alexa Rank
1
8
292
2
9
527
3
8
121
4
7
1158
5
6
2674
6
6
149
7
5
100326
8
5
18129
9
6
6755
10
5
58818
11
6
149
12
6
15318
13
5
74980
14
4
21691
15
3
360436
16
4
94699
17
6
16137
18
4
391
19
7
133
20
?
30256
21
4
107277
22
4
37962
23
4
721718
24
3
452669
25
5
43018
26
4
21691
27
5
18129
28
4
7414692
29
5
58818
30
4
28403
31
3
44185
32
5
212202

Now there’s a lot of sites there and it’s not practical to try and use them all, every time, especially if you’re publishing manually. We use a submission service that publishes to an even longer list of sites, but that’s not really viable for a lone photographer.

Instead, I’d recommend you set up accounts on them all of them, and then use a few different ones for each submission.  Over time you’ll develop an extensive network of high PR backlinks that will do amazing things for your Google rankings.

If you’d rather not get bogged down with any of this and focus instead on shooting great photography, you should consider the GlobalEye network as a platform for your work. You get exposure on all our websites, plus we do all the marketing and SEO for you. Plus a whole lot more. Check out the current GlobalEye package here.

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