What is a link text?
The link text is the link that is used to link to another web page. It is the text between the anchor tags. That's why some people call link texts anchor texts.
Why are link texts important?
Google and other major search engines heavily rely on link texts to specify the position of web pages in the search results. If many websites link to a web page with the link text "mp3" then Google thinks that the web page must be relevant to the keyword "mp3". For that reason, the web page will get a ranking boost for that search term.
The more often a keyword appears in links to your website, the better your rankings for that keyword will be.
How to write good links
There are a few easy tips that will make your links more useful for both web surfers and search engines:
- Write your texts as if there were no links. Search engines like links that are in the normal text of your web page. Example:
- Do not describe the mechanism behind the link but the purpose of the link:
- Use clear and descriptive text for your links. The link text should be meaningful enough to make sense when read out of context.
- Avoid unpleasant surprises. If the link goes to a web page that starts a movie or downloads a file then you should mention this in the link:
Use keywords in your link texts whenever possible. The more often a keyword appears in a link to a special web page, the better are the chances that this web page will get high rankings on Google for that keyword.
How to write link texts that will increase your Google rankings