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Google SEO for Pages with Named Anchor Tag - #redwidgets

3:13 pm on Sep 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I accept the standard of websites with internal link text or anchor text that matches the page title (title tag), but I have pages on a site that can't easily be broken into separate pages, so I want to keep all the content on one page and use the popular anchor tag and name attribute.


<a name="redwidgets">Red Widgets</a>

<a href="http://www.example.com/new.html#redwidgets">Red Widgets</a>

How much weight for SERPs does Google give these types of pages and anchor text, compared to separate pages (anchor text + title tag)?

I don't think I've ever seen a search engine result for an anchor-tagged section of a page (as in the example above), so does that mean they get no weight for ranking?

Have you discovered any page anchor text methods with name attributes that Google likes or doesn't like? Should the tagged sections be H2/H3/H4 or set to bold?

How do you currently optimise your long pages with many sections for Google when you want to spare your visitors from wading through them to find exactly what they want?


3:36 pm on Sept 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google does not index links that point to named anchors (page fragment identifiers) on the same url. If they point to named anchors on a different url, only the main url is indexed, and not the fragement identifier - that is, not the part following the "#" sign.

[edited by: tedster at 5:43 pm (utc) on Sep. 9, 2007]

5:39 pm on Sept 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The #part is resolved only within the browser. That part of the URL isn't indexed.
5:54 am on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The anchor text pointing to the named anchor - does it have SEO value? Example, if I have a page full of doctors profiles at a hospital and they are all on one page... and my navigation has Named Anchors pointing to each of them by their name.

Will google associate the page with the doctors names (from the anchor text)?

7:11 am on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)


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as both of the previous replies suggest, the fragment identifier is discarded and the whole page is indexed.
since the indexed url has no fragment identifier it is thus not useful for any keyword value.
7:20 am on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yes , The title Tag just for browsers and not indexed in SE.
11:06 am on May 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am assuming it is the case that PR will flow through links with #anchortags in the same way it flows through 'normal' links. And that the main URL is credited with the PR?

The reason being, I have a page which is 50/50 content/tool they are both connected, but externally I want to be able to link specifically to one or the other using anchor tags. I can't see an issue with this as google only uses the main URL - but I have tested this where PR is concerned - can someone please confirm?


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