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How much text makes a link contextual.

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by bjobjo, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. bjobjo

    bjobjo Junior Member

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    Hi, probably a bit if a noob question, but here goes:

    I'm looking through a site to see how much of the internal linking is contextual, and how much of it comes from nav/footer links.

    There are several pages with blocks of [H3's an Image and a panel of ~50 words of text]. Is a link in amongst a block of 50 words contextual, or not? Is there a benefit to lengthening the text prior to adding links, note that the overall page length is >1000 words.

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  2. bjobjo

    bjobjo Junior Member

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    No one? I don't think it's that bad of a question!
     
  3. davenorronea

    davenorronea Newbie

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    Contextual means any link surrounded by plain text, could be as little as three words if the middle one is a hyperlink. But for backlinks to be powerful, you need to have at least a 500 word article.
     
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  4. jamesjk1

    jamesjk1 Senior Member

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    I totally disagree. You're right in saying that contextual means a link surrounded by text and that a longer article is probably better as you can make it more relevant/informative, but to say you need at least 500 words is total nonsense.
     
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  5. bjobjo

    bjobjo Junior Member

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    Thanks for the replies. In this instance the page is full of small blocks of text (top level product descriptions) - so the page word count is high, the div containing the content is < 50 words. It's definitely not an 'article' - it's a home page, and some product pages.
     
  6. SupremeBeing

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    besides that, a article should be atleast ~300-400 words, to be a real article. theres not a clear declaration, but the more words, the better.
     
  7. Tendo

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    yup a 300 to 400 word article should do
     
  8. pixelgrinder

    pixelgrinder Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I've had success with single sentences. It's just a matter of making it appear natural. There is no magical number of words to be effective. Its more about not having dense anchor text links with nothing around them.

    "I recently upgraded to air conditioning for my home and all of my allergies are completely gone"
     
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  9. bjobjo

    bjobjo Junior Member

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    Yeah, tbh 'article' is a throwaway SEO word. Most business websites don't have a bunch of articles all over the place. They have a blog, which is usually some trumpet blowing and a bit of news. As I mentioned in the post, these are links in home page text. If you filled the home page of a real (offline) business' website with articles you'd get laughed out of town. The air conditioning example is a good one, and almost the length of text I'm on about.