Definition - What does Linkbait mean?

Linkbait is slang for any Web content geared toward increasing a website's inbound links to create viral content and, ultimately, increase overall page rank.

Linkbait is used to drive and encourage Web page views, traffic and user links. Linkbait may be a video, image, article or definition of the linkbait term.

Techopedia explains Linkbait

Linkbait "hooks" and drives Web user traffic with catchy headlines, controversial topics and humorous photos. Page view statistics show that content like images, videos and articles increases user linking and sharing.

There is controversy surrounding the linkbait term, which may be used in a derogatory sense when referring to content solely geared toward acquiring user clicks. Content farms create this type of linkbait by crunching search data and generating pages that appear to answer users' search engine queries, but really provide little to no useful information.

Share this:

Connect with us

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.