SEO & Anchor Links: Updated Advice

SEO & Anchor Links: Updated Advice

SEO & Anchor Links: Updated Advice 860 489 Border Crossing UX

Up until recently it was considered a search engine optimisation (SEO) best practice to optimise the anchor text (the specific text used to create a link) in use on your web pages and blog posts by including keywords you wish to rank for.

For example, as a business that sells user experience design services we would have been encouraged to do the following:

Visit Border Crossing Media’s website to learn more about our user experience design services.


Updated Guidelines

However given Google’s warnings concerning this tactic, attempting to optimise a link by including keywords in the anchor text is now likely to lead to Google perceiving your website negatively.


So what should I be doing instead?

Use safe anchors, not keyword optimised anchors. Here are a couple of examples of safe anchors:

Exposed URLs:
Branded URLs:  For more advice on user experience design, check out Border Crossing Media.
Long phrases like this one:  I’m a major fan of usability testing, but I recommend you invest in screening participants.


So how do I improve my rankings?

Put simply, Google’s purpose is to deliver the most useful and relevant content possible to a user. If you’re the author of content that helps Google fulfil its remit – they you’ll see your rankings improve. It really is as simple as that.

Trying to game the system may lead to short-term wins. However, it can just as quickly lead to penalties too. In the end of the day there’s no SEO tactic that can beat the long-term return on investment of providing unique and valuable content that meets your target audiences needs.

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