SEO has changed significantly in the past couple of years, and with algorithm changes like the Penguin update, the entire game of how one build your backlinks has changed.
One of the most important aspects of a backlink is anchor text. In this article, I will explain everything you need to know about anchor text SEO.
What is anchor text?
Anchor text is the text that appears highlighted in a hypertext link that can be clicked to open a target web page.
For example, see the image below:
If you are a regular visitor to ShoutMeLoud, you know that I very frequently link back to my older posts using anchor text.
How anchor text helps with improving your blog ranking:
There are many direct and indirect SEO-related advantages of using anchor text, and I will point out some of the most important ones in this article.
It has been well established that keyword research and on-page optimization are important to every blog post. When you write an article, and you wish to drive traffic from SEO, you need to make it targetable for search engine.
In addition, linking to other articles and information using anchor text is also a very good practice for bloggers to regularly incorporate into their work.
One mistake which many bloggers make, however, is by simply linking back to old articles with text like “read here” or “more information here”, which does not give much technical value to search engines. A more useful way to link back to your articles with anchor text is by creating links that use your target keywords!
This is not only important for internal links, but when you are working on your guest posting campaign, you have to make sure that you are getting links from other domains with the target keywords you want your pages to rank for.
You can use tools like SEMRUSH, Ahrefs to check Anchor text cloud to your pages or your competitor pages. Just for better understanding, in the below image you can see the Anchor text cloud (variations) for all the links pointing to ShoutMeLoud homepage:
Additionally, I will need to make sure the links are of high quality, and most of my back links, includes my target keywords.
In WordPress, it is very easy to use anchor links. When you add a link to any text, you get an option to add a title, and that serves as your anchor text. See the screenshot below:
Direct and indirect benefits of linking with anchor text:
Let me start with the direct benefits of anchor text from the readers’ perspective. First, of course, they will be given more related links of interest to visit, (and your bounce rate will go down). Anchor text also helps to improve the average time a reader spends on the site (as well as your blog’s page views).
An important note: When you are linking back to your article, make sure you link to related topics only. Irrelevant linking will be irritating for readers.
Getting backlinks has proven to be directly related to the high ranking. And, by using the right anchor text, you can help the search engine understands the best context of a page.
In fact, what I have noticed here at ShoutMeLoud is, when I add more contextually related internal links, it improves the ranking of targeted pages.
If you are using the WordPress platform for your website/blog, you can use below-mentioned plugins to improve internal link structure.
By optimizing our anchor titles we are not only assisting our readers, but we are also helping search engine bots to better understand the content of our site.
How about you? Do you take care of anchor text when you link to your old articles or any other articles outside your domain?
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