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Did Google lower anchor text threshold for deep pages?

     
4:53 pm on Feb 16, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing some signs that Google might have lowered the anchor text threshold for deep pages. I'm talking about having too much of the same or very similar anchor text to a page other than your homepage. After moving some of the backlinks from the deep pages to the home page, the rankings of the deep pages started to quickly return which is why I suspect Google has lowered the acceptable threshold for anchor text.

To be honest, its very hard to isolate single ranking factors with Google so there might be another explanation including my experience being pure coincidence. Has anyone else seen a difference in how Google is rewarding/punishing rankings for deep pages?
9:24 pm on Feb 16, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Frankly, since AI and "user intent" replaced much of the keyword significance, I haven't been able to get a sense of any of the old on-page indicators.
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Interesting keyplyr I am finding AI and user intent to be dialed down
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I think they trusted sites not pages with AI and user intent and this has backfired, too many weak pages hitting top positions because of the domain trust. The results were awful.
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Oh and Yes agree to OP
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It's SERP for pages, not sites.