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Inktomi using anchor text?

     
12:17 pm on Dec 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My site is well known in the widgeting community, and many people link to it with the anchor text "Mohamed's Site". As a result a Google search for "Mohamed Keyword" will bring up my site, even though my name does not appear anywhere in the text or URL.

Today, for the first time, I noticed an MSN referral of "Mohamed Keyword" in my logs. Tested it out on Inktomi's pure search, and sure enough it turned up in position #1! It even beat my subsidiary site, where the index page has an H1 of "Mohamed's Keyword1 Keyword2 ..."!

12:36 pm on Dec 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes Inktomi uses Anchor Text.
12:54 pm on Dec 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I had always believed that anchor text was a pure Googleism, and so I thought that I had made a major discovery :) Should have done a site search first, here is a recent (less than a week old) thread where several posters say that "Inktomi loves anchor text": [webmasterworld.com...]
12:59 pm on Dec 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Anchortext a google specific? No way, all major engines use it.
1:29 pm on Dec 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Anchortext a google specific? No way, all major engines use it.

From my perspective this thread is a "good news, bad news" story.

The bad news is that I am even more ignorant than I believed :(

The good news is that my optimization algorithm is even better than I thought: Optimize for Google and you will do well with the other engines :)

7:27 pm on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The good news is that my optimization algorithm is even better than I thought: Optimize for Google and you will do well with the other engines :)

No... optimize for engines in general, and you will do well with the other engines (assuming you've got good link popularity)

11:21 pm on Jan 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Inktomi loves heading tags though as long as they are done right with keywords in them lol! unlike some engines i cant mention beginning with g

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