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What is Anchor Text and Why is it Important? 

 May 20, 2020

By  AmpliPhi

What is Anchor Text?

Anchor text is clickable portion of a link. Anchor text is important because search engines use it to determine what your link is about, and therefore, help your SEO performance. It also can help guide your readers' expectations of what to expect before they click a link.

Image of Anchor Text


TYPE

DEFINITION

EXAMPLES

IN COPY

BRANDED

any anchor that uses your brand name

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EXACT MATCH

includes a keyword that mirrors that page to which it's linked

anchor text

social media strategy

AmpliPhi specializes in Social Media Strategy.

GENERIC

no text referencing a keyword, often to a call-to-action

Click here

Read more

More info

Click here to read more about social medi​a strategy.

NAKED LINK

exact URL pasted into copy from the web browser, in clickable form

www.ampliphibiz.com

Which Link is the "Best" Kind?

When other websites link to yours (often called a 'backlink'), it's best to request a branded and exact match, and avoid generic or naked.


For example, if a reputable website linked to AmpliPhiBiz.com with "AmpliPhi specializes in social media strategy," this would help the search engine understand context and how to associate the meaning of the link.


Other examples could include "ABC company provides managed IT services to HVAC companies" or"XYZ bank provides business loans in Madison, Wisconsin."


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