Raw URL backlinks holding strong.

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  1. Adam718

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    Not sure who remembers, but I ran a case study before about link building with pretty much ONLY raw url, no keyword anchors, and saw success with it. I got a PM a little earlier about someone referring to the case study and asking if the sites I only used raw URL link building with were effected by the update, and I checked them. They were all not affected, which means they either held their rankings or saw some increases.

    This sort of opened up my eyes a bit and I thought I'd share it with you guys. Raw URL seems to be a nice safety net when you're in doubt about your link building strategy.

    It does make a lot of sense when you look at it in terms of logic, because when people naturally talk about and link to a website they feel is worth mentioning, they usually just copy and paste the URL. Honestly, how likely is the average joe going to type out <a href= blah blah, or even take the time to link a site to an anchor?
     
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    Anyone see anything similar?
     
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    yes, raw urls are much better than keywords. alternative would be to use url shorteners.
     
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    Interesting!

    i would like to know what is the search volume of keywords you were targeting for such sites.
     
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    The keywords I targeted averaged out to 4-5k exact searches per month. I figured that would be easy enough to not take too long to form a valid case study.