joined:Apr 1, 2016
I'm not going the minimalist route. My intent is too clean things up and make the page look like I assume users would expect it to look like. The links in question were added to the page as an after thought after I realized that Google was not finding the content like I expected it would. The links helped, but they were added in haste and now the situation needs a clean up.
All the information will be there clearly displayed, the big differences are, the repetitive text will be removed and only a tiny portion of text will remain as anchor text, the other text will be headings above the anchor. To be more specific:
The text that I generalized here as "small", "medium" and "large" are terms associated with events in this niche, most events are broken down into these sub events. It is a meaningful term.
Ideally I suppose I should have created an event page, and then created sub pages for the sub-event. Then i could have linked to the event page and from the event page to the sub-event. But, my site doesn't really provide any value at the event level, my content is focused on the sub-event. So I was afraid that the pages would be thin and of little value.
Back to Uncle G:
Yes lets get back to G...
Given our example 'small', 'medium', 'large' is already in the URL path; are they important enough to be repeated so often?
Yes, basically the site aggregates all the smalls and then compare each specific small to the aggregate.
Or sufficiently important to the visitor?
Yes, some visitors are only interested in the smalls and other the x-large, and then there are those that enjoy them all. But yes it is a distinctive factor.
Without additional support?
No. Knowing which the event the sub-event is associated with is critical.
What site/niche named entities and associated search intent(s) could benefit by being included in anchor text? In associated text?
Before I answer this question let me skip ahead to Martinibuster's article and the comment by Bill Slawski:
It is possible that Google could be looking at a window of words around a link as associated text for those links.
A window solves the issue, the event name comes directly before the link, and the date before that, so bingo! all is well. But as with all these things no one knows for sure, he says "It is possible".
So the question becomes how "possible" is this window and what is the reach of the window. Two tags before and after? One? 10 characters? Sibling nodes? Parent nodes?
My issue is not redundancy in terms of Google but removing redundancy for the sake of clarity for the user.
Logic holds that simply cleaning up the page to improve the UX is the way to go, but over the years I have made improvements for the skae of UX many times and I have only ever run into to trouble. I can't afford to run long experiments to see if this or that works.