Yes, most certainly trading links with OTHER Lawncare sites would be a definite plus. I might recommend you not trade links with another guy up the street due to the competition factor but certainly ANY Lco like in another state (or even in another country) has a Web site OR a local Lco who is NOT competition, what happens is: - THEIR visitors may visit your site, and vice versa. - Engines such as google will find your list of links helpful so long you stay targeted (meaning it's ALL lco sites), you are actually helping index the Web. - Visitors in virginia search for 'lawncare' on google and some dude's site in California happens to pop up as a number 1 result and NOTHING else shows up is even remotely related so they click half-heartedly and Lo-and-behold the guy has a detailed categorized link list with Lco's from EVERY state and next thing you know, they're on their way to your site... Before you get too excited, someone who HAS a number 1 result on google for 'lawncare' may be none too keen of indexing your site for free (no offense) so a humble approach would work best (dont act like they owe it to you but no, don't beg, asking nicely does the trick sometimes it works). I can HIGHLY recommend building a link list, you can put them on your main page but it would be best to build a separate page (but wait) and link it from your main page with a simple text or image link labeled (you guessed it) 'Links' Now before you build a separate page, it would be helpful to collect at LEAST 5 links (more is better) and this will take some time to find and index them, then asking for a link-trade (also called reciprocal linking, you link to their site so they do the same for you) but you will see within 1-2 weeks you start to get hits, sometimes you'll see things in 24 hours or less. Benefits: - Almost instant traffic, it's sure not millions but forget waiting 6-8 weeks for nothing. - It's free, other than your time and effort, again forget wasting hundreds of dollars on professional url-submission promoters. - It involves NO spam. Ok, other than the ONE email you send the other webmaster kindly asking for a link in return, nobody will ever say a word to you about spam, certainly the engines will never complain and you can not and will NOT be banned for it. Every once in a blue moon you'll run into a nutcase who calls your email spam but you can safely ignore this. Ok so here's what you do: 1) Find links either through google or some directories like Yahoo or Galaxy and be prepared to do some SURFING. 2) If a link you visit is not what you're looking for, see if they have a link list and if anything there is related. If still nothing, back out, start over. 3) Persistence and patience is key, you may well find yourself deep-surfing far away from the search engines as this is likely where you'll find the little gems of the Lco sites because a LOT of sites NEVER worry about search engines, concentrating instead of purely trading links. 4) Once you find a site you like, make sure it is worth linking to in the first place. Doesn't have to be A+++, a bit of humility goes a long ways but don't link to a place if all you want is traffic, link to them because you think it's ok. 5) Whether or not they have their own link list is not 100% crucial but if they have one, that is a plus as folks with NO link list are less likely to link back to you. 6) Once you've linked their site and uploaded the changes to your site, contact them with a short polite email as such: Hi, I like your site and put up a link to yours on mine here: http://www.yourexactdomaine.com/pagewheretheirlinkis.html And was wondering, maybe you'd be so kind, help me a bit in return by linking back to my site? Thanks for your time, YourFirstName That's it! You can expect somewhat mediocre response meaning some will do it, some will not... Again this is why persistence is key however in the end some WILL link to you and I promise you will gain more traffic via this method than anything else. THIS is the secret of the old-timers, we know we can not rely on the search engines to drive visitors to our little tiny spots, we know we're too insignificant (no offense) and we ALSO know that links are the foundation of the world wide web.