These days, everyone knows that, to get top rankings in any of the engines, your site needs links. Not just any links, but links from quality sites and lots of them. One thing I have noticed is that for many webmasters that are newer to SEO, they often over look the importance of “anchor text” or “link text” as it is often called.
If you are unfamiliar with these terms, let me give you an example below.
This is Anchor Text
In the above example, the text “This is Anchor Text” is the anchor text. Anchor text is simply the text used as the clickable portion of a link. A while back (a few years now), the engines decided that, quite often, the text used as the anchor text of a link was a description of the target page. So, knowing this, they decided to start looking at the anchor text of links to a page an incorporating what those links “said” about the page into the algorithms used to rank pages.
To this day, Google still seems to give the most weight to anchor text, but all the engines use it to some extent.
It’s also important to understand that the anchor text of an inbound link (at least...