Create Links That Give Your Website a Boost!



Create Links That Give Your Website a Boost!

Postby KeyPlayer » Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:32 pm

How to Create a Link
Just type (or copy and paste) the link into the post and it will automatically be turned into a clickable link.

How to Create a Better Link Using Anchor Text
Anchor text means the words that are clickable in a link. Following the instructions above, you would create a link that just shows the web address of the link, like this : http://www.texasmusiciansforum.com.

If you used anchor text, your link could instead look like this : Forum and Classifieds for Musicians

To create a link with anchor text, use the "Insert url" button at the top of the post editor. Type (or copy and paste) the link where it says "Enter a link for the page" - be sure it includes the http:// at the beginning. Then enter the anchor text where it says "Enter a description for your page" and click the "Insert into message" button. You'll see code in the editor, but hit the preview button and you'll see your pretty anchor text link!!

Why This Can Be Very Helpful to Your Website
Search engines pay attention to anchor text and use it (among other factors) when determining how relevant your website is to a particular search term. If your band's name is Blinking Joe and the Misfits and your website is http://www.blinkingjoeandthemisfits.com, searches for "blinking joe and the misfits" should return your website in the first page of results, no problem. But what if you wanted your band to show up in searches for "wild and crazy band in dallas"? That's where anchor text can help.

WARNING - IF YOU PLAN TO POST LOTS AND LOTS OF LINKS, KEEP READING. IF YOU'RE ONLY POSTING A FEW LINKS HERE AND THERE, NO WORRIES...

LARGE NUMBERS OF LINKS WITH THE SAME ANCHOR TEXT CAN ACTUALLY HURT YOUR WEBSITE RANK IN GOOGLE!

It might hurt in other search engines too. Don't let this scare you away from using anchor text though - just do it right!

In the past, you could buy software, or pay a service, to go out and post links to your website all over the internet. These types of software or services often used the same anchor text on every link. Google considers this cheating and has started penalizing sites with lots of links that use the same anchor text. One way to avoid such a penalty is to just change the anchor text up a bit. Use "wild and crazy band in dallas" in some links, "dallas wild and insane band" in some, and "crazy and fun dallas band" in some. You get the idea.

Google won't tell you how many is too many, but it seems to be tied to a percentage of links rather than a specific number. Experts also say that a fair number of your links should just use the web address as the anchor text.

If you're only posting a few links on this site and a few others, don't even worry about this. Google isn't looking for sites wth a few links here and there no matter what the anchor text is.

However, if you have 500 links to your website, and 400 of them use the anchor text "wild and crazy band from dallas", you're probably going to be penalized for that phrase, meaning your site won't show up well (if at all) when someone searches using that phrase. There are a few free tools that can show you what anchor text is linking to your site - one such tool is at http://www.backlinkwatch.com
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