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Does Google Use Text Around a Link As Well As Anchor Text?
surfgatinho

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Msg#: 28537 posted 12:18 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just did a search for my username, I use it on various forums.
What I was suprised was my website was also listed depite the fact it has no mention of my username anywhere on the site. The only connection I can imagine is I always fill out my home page details.

Can't think of any other explanation

 

arrowman

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 28537 posted 6:41 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Maybe there is a link to your site somewhere with your name as anchor text. It happens.

BigUns



 
Msg#: 28537 posted 6:57 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Perhaps this is the answer: Do a Google search on

surfgatinho cornwall24

:)

surfgatinho

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Msg#: 28537 posted 7:08 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Maybe there is a link to your site somewhere with your name as anchor text

Yeah, that occured after I posted but can't find any inbounds with that anchor text.
I only use the name on forums and they only use names as anchor text to profiles from my experience.
surfgatinho cornwall24

Not that site.
If I search for both site and username I just get results where the 2 are on the same page

arrowman

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Msg#: 28537 posted 11:58 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

can't find any inbounds with that anchor text

Look harder! There are 8,058,044,651 web pages out there. At least.

webnewton

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Msg#: 28537 posted 10:32 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

LSI may be the hidden clue. Google related your alias with the mention of your sites.

surfgatinho

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Msg#: 28537 posted 12:07 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Look harder! There are 8,058,044,651 web pages out there.

Yes, thankyou for pointing that out! However, not that many contain the term surfgatinho and from what I can tell they are all from forums or script type sites where the ancchor text to my site is never my username.
I admit it is possible that somewhere there is that anchor text, but I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

Andem

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Msg#: 28537 posted 12:33 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

There's probably a little icon somewhere with the alt text "nickname's homepage" which it's matching. That, or anchor tag has a title attribute.

MHes

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Msg#: 28537 posted 12:35 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

surfgatinho
I think you may have given weight to the idea that words around a link are very important and become relevant in a similar way to anchor text.

peewhy

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Msg#: 28537 posted 12:40 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does the link in Google take you to anywhere where there are further clues?...it might be a silly question, but did you click on the link?

surfgatinho

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Msg#: 28537 posted 12:58 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

OK, it's the same on Yahoo and MSN so obviously it's nothing too clever!

peewhy

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Msg#: 28537 posted 1:02 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

.....but caused much bewilderment!

Boaz

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Msg#: 28537 posted 1:41 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

If the name of the site you're talking about starts with an a, then I did find a link to it with your nick in the anchor text. It's just well hidden - you have to look in the actual source. :)

Do a search in Yahoo for "link:http://yoursitename.co.uk surfgatinho". Have a look at the html source of the third result - you'll find a link to the site in question as follows:

<a href="http://yoursitename.co.uk">Visit surfgatinho's homepage!</a>

Just Guessing

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Msg#: 28537 posted 2:09 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I had a look out of curiosity and found it in about 5 minutes - it's straight anchor text in a link, but not visible on the page - unless you log in or something.

I'll pm you the page

<edit>Oops - Boaz got there first</edit>

surfgatinho

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Msg#: 28537 posted 4:38 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Doh!
OK so I wasn't very thorough! Interesting that a some hidden anchor text can have an effect though.

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