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4. Keywords in anchor text
And no, that's not the type of anchor we're talking about! :)
Anchor text is defined as the visible text component of a hyperlink in a page. For example, here is an anchored text using one of our targets: membership management software.
The reason anchor text is important is because a link is considered a vote from the site that link comes from. The quality of the site and the similarity of the phrase used can help boost your SEO rankings. If you can get a link from Google or the White House that REALLY helps. If you can get a link from your grandmothers' website on quilting, not so much. :)
The search engines take into consideration the quality of the site linking to you before it passes along the value to you and your website for that keyword.
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