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Anchor Text Percentages

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Newff, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Newff

    Newff Regular Member

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    When we are analyzing our backlinks and looking at our different variations of anchor text... Lets say the keyword I am targeting is "Blue Widgets". These days what % of your anchor text would be optimal?

    Also when using a site like Ahrefs.com to check our percentages, should we be looking at "Referring Pages for Anchor Phrases" or "Referring Domains for Anchor Phrases"?

    Any help would be great. It's a bit confusing for me. Thanks
     
  2. danms

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    You're over analyzing it man.

    If you aren't looking for the quick buck and want your site to last in the G's land, you gotta look like a real site. Real sites don't get many links with "keywords" as their anchor, they get naked urls, titles, author/owner names, click here, here, this guy, this site.. that's how real people link out.

    Don't believe me? go to majestic or ahrefs or whatever, run a report on 20 pages that have #1 placements for good keywords and you'll see what I mean. Don't look for the spammy stuff though (gambling, pills, porn, loans..). Take normal niches and see what these guys are getting as links.

    So what can you do? If you're going to build links, build them without your keywords, I'd say under 5%.
    Some things may rank you now, but you'll be slapped in the next G update, that's a XXX$/day lesson I got 2 years ago when the first penguin ran out of the zoo.

    Look at the SERPS and see what you should do.
     
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  3. Newff

    Newff Regular Member

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    Thanks. Okay, so say I have a site 2 months old and only have 20 links pointing to it so far? Should I go and disavow those links that are using the exact keyword? Can I disavow links that DO NOT show up in GWT?
     
  4. danms

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    No 20 links won't do harm.

    Just build more links, funnel PR to your homepage and other important pages. With proper interlinking and use of headings, you'll traffic coming in, as long as the keyword isn't really competitive.

    If you want a boost in traffic to make money asap, sure spam away. But if you're building a real site, follow the big boys and just copy what they're doing.

    Steve Jobs knew the value of copying other people :)
     
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    @danms lol: Steve Jobs knew the value of copying other people :)

    I'd say avoid using commercial intent keywords like "buy" from titles cause this is one thing that Panda went after.
     
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    cwb528464 Newbie

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    That is true. The more your anchor which use the targetting keywords, the closer google will drop you. But in short time it works well.
    But i have some other languages use the targeting keywords as the anchor, still get good rank for long time. What is your opinion on this? dressfirst.com look at it. Top 3 in de, fr, es, ect dress niche. damn good.
     
  7. danms

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    What's wrong with their anchors? Most of them are their domain name (dress first) and the url. That's as natural as you can get.

    BTW it's a known fact the google.com is months ahead of the other google extensions, the smaller the market is, the dumber google is. There's less data to rely on and it's harder to get a statistical significant.
     
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    It really depends on many things. A big SEO company ranking top 5 for one of the major SEO keywords has 24% for that keyword. But for the beginning, I'd say keep it under 5%.
     
  9. Newff

    Newff Regular Member

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    Thanks guys, great info.

    Just one thing that I mentioned in my post. When using a site like Ahrefs.com to check our percentages, should we be looking at "Referring Pages for Anchor Phrases" or "Referring Domains for Anchor Phrases"?
     
  10. danms

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    Domains, because sometimes you'll get a site wide link from someone with 1000 pages. So now you have 1000 pages with the anchor.

    But again, don't use you anchor too much.
     
  11. securelinkbuilding

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    Hi Mate,

    I normally use the following ratio breakdown for my clients sites:

    Raw URL: 60%
    Raw URL + Money Keywords:10%
    Longtails: 20%
    Money Keyword 1: 5%
    Money Keyword 2: 5%

    Hope that helps!
     
  12. davids355

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    Definitely less than 10%. And as much diversity as possible in the other 90%.