Highlighting a page with anchor text is one way to attract attention with quality in-bound or outbound links. You can write an article that references another article on your website, or an outside source can highlight a link to your website from theirs. Start by figuring out the best SEO keywords and group them. For example, go big with ‘real estate agent’/’Realtor’ and break it down using a modifier, such as ‘Miami real estate agent’ or ‘Miami Realtor’. Go further with ‘Miami real estate agent Victorian houses’ or ‘Miami Realtor single-family home’. The key is to understand what your target audience would type into the Google search bar and use that as a foundation for your keywords. Understanding anchor text is easier than you think.
Understanding link building strategies
Links between different pages on your site matter. Anchor text is the clickable, usually blue text of a link inserted into an article. It is easy to find and is used to attract users and web crawlers. The actual text matters as a ranking element. The href attribute contains two components: the URL, which is the actual link, and the clickable text that appears on the page.
Types of anchor text
Exact match – uses exact keywords such as ‘luxury homes’ or ‘affordable homes’
Partial match – uses a variation of the keywords, like ‘designer luxury homes’ or ‘affordable homes for sale’
Branded – only the brand acts as an anchor, for example ‘Siren Publications’
Image – linking an image, where the clickable hyperlink is the image itself
Naked URL – uses a straight URL, such as ‘sirenpublications.com’
Generic – uses a basic, unrelated phrase as the anchor, including ‘click here’ or ‘learn more’
Back in the old days, a link that was supposed to be about luxury homes would take the user to a site about cheap shoes. When Google realized keywords were being used in an abusive way, the Penguin update was formulated, using anchor text to create additional context. The best way to go about anchor text is to use partial matches. Maximize anchor text opportunities by using concise and descriptive text. Format links so they are easy to spot and consider the best context for internal and external links. As of now, guest blogging is the best way to secure authenticity for your links without stuffing the hyperlink with keywords.
By understanding anchor text, Siren can ghostwrite your articles to build your credibility.