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Can a written URL improve SEO ? (URL in text, with no link)

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by MonS78, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. MonS78

    MonS78 Newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I recently uploaded few videos to xvideos, including my site name in their title, something like "Title of the video - URL of my site"

    Few days later, I noticed that my traffic increased (from 450 views/day to 1.2K).
    It is not direct traffic, since those videos have not more than 10 views each. It is google traffic. I noticed few long-tail keywords really increased their ranking in SERP (from non-ranked to position 2 or 3)

    I was wondering if that was a coincidence, or if those URL that I posted helped to rank. Maybe google read them, and gave my site more authority ?
    I did not do any other SEO stuff.

    What do you guys think about it ?
     
  2. dennis777

    dennis777 Newbie

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    I don't really think that the URL in title can increase any authority in Google's eyes. It is not even a no-follow link, it should be treated like regular text.
     
  3. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I've heard conjecture about this a couple years ago, but never saw any evidence either way presented. There is one way to figure it out though, give it a whirl. Load up GSA and try to rank a web2.0 on an easy keyword just just site.com and www.site.com in plain text. I'm a bit doubtful, but who knows.