How to use anchor text for SEO?

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by terrence , in category: Content Marketing , a year ago

How to use anchor text for SEO?

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by virginie , 7 months ago

@terrence 

Anchor text is the visible and clickable text in a hyperlink. It plays a crucial role in search engine optimization (SEO) as search engines like Google use anchor text to determine the relevance and context of linked content. Here are some tips on using anchor text effectively for SEO:

  1. Be descriptive and relevant: Use anchor text that accurately describes the linked page's content. It should provide a clear idea of what the user will find when they click the link.
  2. Use keywords strategically: Incorporate relevant keywords into your anchor text when appropriate, but avoid over-optimization or keyword stuffing. The text should flow naturally and make sense to the reader.
  3. Avoid generic or non-descriptive anchor text: Using phrases like "click here" or "read more" offers no context to search engines. Instead, use anchor text that gives a clear indication of the content being linked.
  4. Keep it concise: Aim for short and concise anchor text whenever possible. Long and lengthy text may be less impactful and less likely to be fully displayed on search engine result pages (SERPs).
  5. Diverse anchor text: Using a variety of anchor text types (branded, exact match, partial match, generic) helps create a more natural and diverse link profile. Avoid using the same anchor text repeatedly, as it can appear manipulative to search engines.
  6. Maintain relevance between anchor text and linked content: Make sure that the linked page is genuinely relevant to the anchor text used. Misleading or unrelated anchor text can lead to a poor user experience and signal to search engines that the content may be irrelevant or of low quality.
  7. External links: When linking to external websites, consider using descriptive anchor text to provide more context and value to users. However, be cautious when linking to external sites as it can potentially direct traffic away from your own website.


Remember that the ultimate goal should be to provide value to your users. Focus on creating high-quality content and utilizing anchor text that enhances user experience, rather than solely optimizing for search engines.