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Noob Question about Keyword rankings

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by hatterftw1, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. hatterftw1

    hatterftw1 Power Member

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    I have a noob question about ranking keywords

    If I am trying to rank for say the keyword "free video games" and I create backlinks with the anchor text "free video games" does that mean that those backlinks are also ranking me for the keyword "free video game" ? or for that matter "free video" ? or do you only get ranked for the exact anchor text your site is being link with?
     
  2. 5teve

    5teve Newbie

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    Just a side note, be careful about spamming links with your keyword. Within the recent Google algorithim changes your links should be contained within large amounts of relevant text (300+ words) and the anchor text does not need to be "exact match". It could be "click here for website". Anchor text is becoming less and less important. Some still argue that it's okay to spam anchor text. But in the near future (6+ Months) your wasting your time.

    I know it's a little of topic but thought it might help!
     
  3. hatterftw1

    hatterftw1 Power Member

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    what do you mean by it doesn't have to be exact match? back to my example, if I create backlinks with anchor text "free video games" does that mean that I will also get juice for the keyword "free video game" from those backlinks? thats what im trying to figure out

    like if i want to rank for both the keywords "free video games" and "free video game" can i kill two birds with one stone just creating backlinks for the keyword "free video games" because "free video game" is also contained within that anchor text because it is the same thing but without the "s" ?
     
  4. hatterftw1

    hatterftw1 Power Member

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    can anyone clarify this question for me?
     
  5. johndoejohndoe

    johndoejohndoe Junior Member

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    I would think you would be ranked for both but you have to imagine that your site will rank very, very poorly for "free video" because it's so general. As far as it ranking without the "s", I would like to see what other people have experienced, because I would think google would see those two searches as the same or variants of the same word.
     
  6. VIC SEO

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    Read everything properly before doing backlinking or else be ready to face google penguin update.You are asking like this questions ,if you do anything wrong then your site rankings will be lost.Having right strategy after penguin update is must.
     
  7. twix70

    twix70 Regular Member

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    The simple answer you want is "yes" the tag will work for "free games", "free video game". I am not sure if there is an allocation of gravity ie. what I mean is 100% for all in the tag "free video games" down to 43% for "free games" many someone else can answer that.
    Do bear in mind what the likes of isynergy media have advised you without getting a wider knowledge of backlinking you could do more harm than good.
    HTH
     
  8. sespot

    sespot Junior Member

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    I have to disagree with most people stating yes you will, While it is possible, But not likely unless you built backlinks for that keyword. I have tons of clients that we have built backlinks steady for many months for keywords like " asbestos attorneys" and he ranks well for that keyword but does not rank anywhere for the keyword " asbestos attorney"

    So if you want to target both then go after both and build backlinks for both and mix it up with also dummy keywords like domain.com as the keyword and others like click here etc etc.. While this maybe gray hat, but you need to show keyword diversity
     
  9. zendao

    zendao Newbie

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    yeah both, think SE
     
  10. Kaithe.Clarke

    Kaithe.Clarke Regular Member

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    Well, we can just speculate in such scenarios... It may and it may not affect your singular keywords. If possible for you, vary your anchor text. It will save you from penguin attack as well.
     
  11. thriftstoresofa

    thriftstoresofa Newbie

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    I don't think anyone can say for certain that you will rank for both singular and plural with just that anchor text. I believe everyone here has given great advice and you should especially heed the advice of sespot. It's all about diversity. While Google and other engines may show some forgiveness on exact match of queries based on what they "think" the user intent is - it would be well worth your time and effort to diversify your backlink profile. Don't put all your eggs in one basket and target both plural and singular in your backlink profile and landing page.