Questions tagged [anchor]

An anchor (<a>...</a>) is a HTML element used to define the link between the current element (the anchor) and the destination (URI).

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Would Google think a hidden “skip to content” link is deceptive?

When I tested my website in the past with powermapper tools, It suggested I should add a "skip to content" link hidden off-screen to help people with screen readers use the website. I can completely ...
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Name attribute is obsolete, what is the correct behavior when dealing with anchors?

When testing my code using the w3 html5 validator, I get this warning message: Warning: The name attribute is obsolete. Consider putting an id attribute on the nearest container instead. Question(...
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Can missing anchors be logged?

If I have a broken link it gets logged with a 404. If I have a link to an anchor and the anchor is missing, I don't get an entry in the log. How can I find those broken anchor links, especially if the ...
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SEO impact of links without href

I have some links on my site that are used only with JavaScript, hence they don't need a href attribute. I'm doing so because there's no need to have the URL displayed in the browser. Is there any ...
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Do links in SVG tags have a negative impact on SEO?

Inspired from an answer on Stack Overflow, I've decided to use an inline SVG tag for a wordcloud I'm working on. I'll be using SVG to make the font-size dependent on the container height - which would ...
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I offer an embeddable widget that links back to my site. How to avoid being penalized from exact match anchor text?

I built a service that lets build a map of their trip, then embed this trip on their blog with a widget. The widget links back to my site with the anchor text "map your own trip here". The widget uses ...
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Do you get penalised for duplicate keyword anchor text within your own website?

First post here, coming from coding, please be kind! I'm finding natural linking opportunities within my content I'm writing to other sections of the website, using keywords. The way they are ...
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Can a URL with a # anchor be redirected in .htaccess?

I believe this can't be done, but it would be good to confirm either way. To know if it's worth investing more time in or not. Can a .htaccess file rewrite/redirect: example.net/postname#heading2 ...
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Separate URLs on tabbed content - good or bad for SEO?

I am building a site that lists shops. Each shop page has two tabs: shop info and reviews. It's one page, with jQuery hiding/showing the right portion of the content. From a purely SEO point of view, ...
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Importance of 'href' attribute within an <a>

I am aware of the 'content is king' seo rule, but I'm also wondering whether empty <a> HTML elements is a relatively big downside regarding SEO. To be more precise and actually cut to the chase,...
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rel=“nofollow” SEO impact

I saw a technique used where there was a block with three parts: 1. Image (wrapped in an anchor tag) 2. Heading (anchor tag with heading text) 3. Paragraph (regular p tag with synopsis content) e.g. ...
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Setting up site links for a one-page scrolling site: Can anchored links be used?

I redesigned a website as a one-page scrolling site but now the sitelinks that appeared in Google search results are no longer there (ie- "About" "Contact Us") The site is set up with anchored links ...
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Is it okay for SEO to wrap block elements in a link?

We have a request to have an entire block of content be clickable as opposed to just a link field. Questions: Is it good practice to allow for entire block of content to be clickable? If we wrap ...
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Indexable anchor links

I have seen that anchor links can not be indexed since the crawlers read www.example.com/page#someanchor as www.example.com/page. It is the web browser that then interprets the anchors to jump in the ...
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Keyword phrases and links

Does a link on a page add any value to the page that it is on or does it only add value to the page that it is linked to? For example, let's say I have a page targeted towards a certain industry like ...
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Are text links that are NOT wrapped in anchor tags read by Google as backlinks?

My wife is a writer and often has pieces published on other sites. The articles usually list a short bio and her blog URL but never seem to anchor link to her blog. They will write www.blogtitle.com ...
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Backlink anchor text and Local SEO

If I have a business in, say Tampa Florida, and we offer irrigation services, and I want to create some backlinks for a SEO campaign, should I use "Tampa Florida Irrigation Services" as my anchor text?...
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how to create Google Analytics goal for anchor click to another website?

I'm new to GA, I've got an anchor link set up on my website mysite.com, that leads users to another website site2.com. Is it possible to set a goal in GA dashboard for a click on that anchor?
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Do anchors in urls affect ranking in seo?

Do anchors in urls affect ranking in seo? <a href="website.com/cotton">link 1</a> As oposed to: <a href="website.com/cotton#green">link 2</a>
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Image Backlink Alt Text

Does Google use the image alt tag the same as anchor text for external back links or does it only use the alt tag for internal optimization?
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It's possible to Index by google page's anchor (#) as a page

I have a frequent question page (www.example.com/faq#top-inviters), that has every question bellow an anchor. Google index all the content, but when I find a specific question google give the parent ...
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Footer backlink spam on Wordpress

I created a blog for a friend of mine and decided to stick in a backlink to my website at the footer. The issue is that there's about 15 pages over the past 2 weeks and I checked on majestic seo and ...
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Best element to use for simple anchoring, avoiding potential SEO penalties for lack of content and purpose of the element

Firstly, an introduction to why the element is necessary I have a need to compensate for a fixed top navigation bar in my anchors. For example, if I let my users navigate to a section like #comments ...
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How to prevent nested secondary information from polluting anchor text?

Say I have a website that lists items and presents them in clickable blocks with a few details, like this: <a href="/product/1234"> <img src="/product-1234.jpg" /> <div class="...
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If a blogger writes a whole article about my website, how important are anchor texts?

If there is a full article about my web-service, with my brand name in the title, and many relevant keywords that I would like Google to consider in my rankings, and links to my web-site with simple ...
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<a> link color CSS not working for Chrome/Firefox/IE/Safari etc [closed]

Here is my site: http://dosrevival.com I can't seem to get the links to stop turning purple after being clicked in Chrome and IE (works in some Firefox versions?!?). In my CSS file I'm changing the a:...
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Should a single page website use anchor tags or separate URLs for sections for best SEO?

We have a single page website with a several products. We are currently using a navigation that utilizes anchor tags to scroll to a selected product. An agency has suggested (for better SEO) that we ...
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Web page has well over 100 anchor tags - how to improve SEO without taking anchors out?

I have a website where the main menu has 10 level 1 items and each has roughly 10 level 2 items plus there are links in the header and footer and side bar plus some links in the content. All these ...
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Will quick links to sub sections look like keyword stuffing to search engines?

I have a query regarding the use of quick links (table of contents) for lengthy posts. On my website, my posts are in the range of 2000 to 5000 words. I break my post into subsections. Each subsection ...
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Restoring the balance between anchor text of external links

In past 2 years, we've created so many links using same keywords related to our business in general as anchor text, but few links pertaining to our brand/domain name. Now we believe google considers ...
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Building backlinks for keyword or url is best

Some of seo masters build backlinks for their website. They come one two variants: The content of the anchor <a> example.com </a> (their domain) The content of the anchor <a> ...
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Repeated Anchor Text while internal linking for SEO

We are building a review based website. We were currently building internal links to improve our SEO. From the information available on moz, it is mentioned that having the same anchor text from ...
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How Google counts the number of anchor texts and keywords in a Blogspot home page?

Since Google consider the anchor text and keyword counts of a webpage for search ranking, I have one doubt regarding this; how Google counts the number of anchor texts and keywords in a Blogspot home ...
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Could SEO be negatively impacted if an anchor tag has been used without an href attribute in several places?

I have a site where anchor tags are used without any href attribute and the site's ranking is not good. Is it possible that there's a negative impact on SEO if anchor tags have been used without an ...
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Do descriptive over basic anchor links have any bearing on SEO?

I have a page containing several different products, one after the other, each one on a separate line. Each product has a unique anchor in the form "pX", where X is the product ID (e.g. p123), so any ...
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SEO difference of img and anchor tag

Lately I have the constant the struggle of images being too large for the x device or too small for the y device or too many for the z device. In reality, the problem is that, as long as there is an ...
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SEO over optimization and anchor text values

Ive read a bit about search engine over optimization, where googles, all mighty Mike Cutts, talked about how they are going to start penalizing websites that are over optimized from 2012 Im looking ...
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“Frequent Searches leading to this page ” SEO significance

On a lot of websites, I find a section with heading "Frequent Searches leading to this page ". Such section contains the main keywords of the page repeated in multiple combinations. Is this used to ...
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What is the correct way of creating backlinks and anchor text?

I'm creating dofollow backlinks at web 2.0 websites, but I believe I'm doing something wrong. Here is what I'm doing: Have only one anchor text method, for example, right in the beginning of the ...
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Does Google pick up anchor text that is in nested elements?

When Google looks at anchor text on a website, will it pickup the text if it is inside nested elements? So for example: <a href="http://www.google.com/">Visit Google</a> To: <a href=...
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How do I define an HTML anchor to jump to specific location within a page? [closed]

I see thousands of tutorials teaching you a very simple thing, how to use #section to jump to a specific section within your page. However, nobody unveils the secret of coding the target anchor. Can ...
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Tack anchor link with Google Analytics

I have searched for how to track anchor links in analytics, but couldn't get it working. I have this code in the header: <script> (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]|...
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Would this type of rich anchor text hurt my SEO?

I have a site structure and it kind of looks like this: Home Fruit Flavors Apple Flavors Banana Flavors Pear Flavors Plum Flavors Grape Flavors ...
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Does content with few words and lots of Anchor text count as spam?

My website has been getting inbound links from an article which contains a low word count but lots of anchor text. That paragraph contains 150 words but nearly 15 are anchor text. Will that have an ...
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Check old urls for backlinks - same domain new design and urls

I have a client who recently did a re-design on his website. The designer did not put any effort in keeping the same URL or do any redirects. I've made a list of the old URLs, what I want to do now is ...
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Link goes to specific location of page

What makes the user go to a specific location on a new html page? Not the current page. For example, when you click this link, you don't end up starting at the top like you normally would. http://...
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do text ads count as backlinks?

Do text link ads, like the ones from text-link-ads.com act as backlinks ? Surly they work as normal anchor text, but are search engines wise to this technique and just not count them ?
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hreflang - do I need to prefix links on the different versions of my pages?

hreflang has proven extremely frustrating for me to implement with my previously clean site layout. I've finally bitten the bullet to risk it because Google still doesn't index our translated versions ...
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For SEO, are clickable divs better than hashtag href anchors when the click triggers an in-page action?

Let say you have a menu and when you click an element, the menu change to show something else (a menu part2 for example) Is it better to use a classic <a href='#'> or a js clickable <div>?...
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Should I set short or long URL fragments for headlines?

I have an article like: <h1>My article example</h1> <div class="table-of-content"> <a href="#subheadline-example-here">Subheadline example here...</a> <a href=...