The importance of anchor text

by Gary on June 22, 2007 · 4 comments

in On Page SEO

The anchor text is the text that appears within the linking tag, that is, in <a href=”http://www.phoenixrealm.com”>SEO and Web Design Blog</a>, “SEO and Web Design” is the anchor text of the link. The anchor text is very important because it tells the human readers as well as the search engines what sort of information the link contains. So if you are planning to request an inbound link from another website, make sure the webmaster uses the anchor text appropriate to your website. Similar if you are linking to another website, make sure you use the anchor text that rightly represents that website.

But is it very difficult to use the right anchor text from within your web pages? No, it is not. Take for instance these two anchor texts:

  1. Read great tips and tricks on seo and web design
  2. Read great tips and tricks on seo and web design here

You can easily make out that the first example is more relevant than the second one because it states exactly what the link is about.

You can also use anchor text while using your normal copy on your blog or website. For instance, you can link to various pages whenever particular keywords occur in your web page copy. If you have a page that talks about external stylesheets, if you mention the phrase “external stylesheets” you can use it as an anchor text and then link to the page containing information external stylesheets; for instance, “External stylesheets are always preferred over on-page CSS styling.”

Anchor text is an important part of your SEO strategy, use them judiciously and you’ll reap great benefits.

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  • Lokesh

    Hi Gary you are right,but what will be considered as a better anchor text.
    If i link to mysite.com/anchor text with the anchor text “mysite.com”, is it good…..
    ..??

  • Gary

    Hi Lokesh, thank you for your comment. I am unsure as to what you are actually asking.

    Please can you rephrase the question.

    • Lokesh

      Grey, let me say you have a blog – “greyblog.com” with the title “Seo techniques for bloggers” .

      Now i link to your blog from the pages of same page rank with the anchor
      texts “my friend grey’s blog” ,”seo tecnhiques” and “greyblog.com” .

      * i believe the third link will be as powerful as the second one ,even though
      its not in the title of your blog not even in the set of keywords you are targetting”
      but its in your domain,will it be considered as good anchor text

  • rhonda mroet

    I started my blog for fun really and to see if I could contect with other moms. I found your article really helpful in terms of techniques I can use to drive traffic to the site (which has been slow in that I have not taken the time required to drive traffic). Regards, Rhonda Moret. (ps…I’ve become a fan of your site…really good stuff here). r