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Anchor Text - Effect on Ranking



9:26 am on Apr 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Being an amateur running several small affiliate sites, I find it hard to keep my sites in good ranking positions. Sometimes some keyword phrases rank well, the next day they disappear and then reappear again after 1 week or so. Recently, while checking the external links in Google webmaster tool, I notice some strange things. I have <widget> site and I built external links slowly over the past few years, the anchor texts were carefully chosen after keyword research. Now, I find that Google "sees" more than 100 variations of anchor texts linking to my site. The majority of these anchor texts are irelevant to my site content (adult content, food recipes, dog toy, etc). I don't know how and where these external links come from as I definitely did not ask for these links. My questions are: how would Google look at these irrelevant anchor texts or irrelevant sites linking to my site? Would these rubbish anchor texts dilute the effect of my chosen anchor texts and affect my ranking? Does anyone have any insight?

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:41 am (utc) on April 13, 2009]
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2:04 pm on Apr 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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google devalues affiliate websites. From my experience, there is no question about it, google prefers non affiliate sites over affiliate websites.

Google says it will not punish you for links, since you can not control them but who knows.

If I were you, I would contact these websites and ask them to remove these links.


11:02 am on Apr 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't think these links are generated manually, it looks like some people use software to generate content for their sites. I can only see the anchor texts of external links from "What Google Sees" but it doesn't actually show where these external links come from. Am I the only one who gets this problem? Does anyone see weird anchor texts from Google webmaster tools?


11:44 am on Apr 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google does not considers the PR passed by spammy, adult sites. Since it is not in a webmasters control, their is a very remote possibility of a penalty coming your way.

[edited by: AnkitMaheshwari at 11:45 am (utc) on April 8, 2009]