diberry - 5:09 am on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is really valuable testing, CaptainSalad2. And also JD_Toims and others contributing related attempts and what came of them.
CaptainSalad2, I recently had a couple of organic inbound scenarios that I feel point up the importance of anchor text in links:
--A page about "home grown widgets" got lots of Pinterest links which automatically used "home grown widgets" as the anchor text. The page's ranking got significantly better for "home grown widgets."
--Another page (about "green widget fans") got an extremely powerful link from an extremely important website, and it used the anchor text "here". As in "read more here." (Gee, thanks.) It sent me thousands of visitors over just the first day... and yet Google's only reaction was to tweak my page from #3 to #2-3 for "green widget fans."
IMO, the second scenario shows far more user satisfaction with my page than the flood of repins, which are so effortless. Ideally, then, Google would have responded better to the big link from the big website than to the flood of repins. But they didn't, and that may be because they NEED anchor text as a clue. Pinterest provided it, the other website didn't.