External Link (or Internet Link)

Glossary of Web Design Terms

An external link is a clickable link from someone else's web site to your web site.

External Link (or Internet Link)

An external link, sometimes called an internet link or a web link, is a link from another web site to your web site. This allows people visiting the other web site to get directly to your web site from this other site.

Why Does This Matter to Me?

External links are important to any web site where traffic is important to the success of the site. (Yes, believe it or not, there are exceptions to that statement.)

External links help your web site - and your organization - in several ways. They allow people to directly access your web site from another site, so visitors to that other site can potentially be visitors to your site. Indirectly, though, external links are an important part of your overall SEO (search engine optimization) strategy. External links help search engines find your site in the first place, and then reinforce the importance of your site.

From a SEO standpoint, there are really four kinds of links to your site: unsolicited external links, requested external links, paid external links, and hidden external links.

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Silver Bow Kiwanis
Silver Bow Kiwanis
The Silver Bow Kiwanis Club needed a web site to communicate readily with current members and interested K-Family partners in the Butte area, as well as to inform the community of the community service events the club was putting on. Of course, the ability to possibly recruit new members through the web site wouldn't hurt.