The Importance of Anchor Text in Back-links

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The importance of anchor text with respect to a linking strategy cannot be overstated. Back-links are a huge part of the search engine algorithm. When initiating a linking campaign, it is vital that external sites link using the appropriate keywords and terms in the anchor text.

Almost always, linking candidates will use the company name as anchor text. This does not provide any type of description of the target company’s products or services. Sure, it may be great for branding purposes, but it isn’t usually needed. In most cases, companies already rank very high (if not first) for searches that incorporate their brand.

Here is an example using fictional company “Acme Plumbing Supplies”:

Most people will link simply using the terms “Acme”. This is alright, but it does not describe the company’s products or services, nor provide any context. By adding the word “plumbing” or term “plumbing supplies” (i.e. “Acme Plumbing” or “Acme Plumbing Supplies”), you may be able to drive additional traffic that may not have otherwise attained the corporate site.

Mark A. Lockwood is a family man dedicated to life and all it has to offer. Dreams become reality when foundations are laid correctly. His fascination started back when ZX Spectrum computers could be hooked up to the internet and a huge world of knowledge was presented. Since then Mark has worked both in the USA and UK on internet projects. Appearing on a regular TV slot to talk about marketing on the internet for businesses and appearing and hosting several internet marketing events. Always approachable and always able to help if he can.

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