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




msg:731222
 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




msg:731223
 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:731224
 6:57 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Perhaps this is the answer: Do a Google search on

surfgatinho cornwall24

:)

surfgatinho




msg:731225
 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




msg:731226
 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




msg:731227
 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




msg:731228
 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




msg:731229
 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




msg:731230
 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




msg:731231
 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




msg:731232
 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




msg:731233
 1:02 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

.....but caused much bewilderment!

Boaz




msg:731234
 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




msg:731235
 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




msg:731236
 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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