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Link Text Penalty

Discussion in 'Google' started by herbalexcel, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. #1
    Hi, I think one of my websites just got a linking penalty for using a keyword in my link text too much. My site dropped from #50 to #180 for my main highly-competitive keyword. It didn't really fall much for other keywords it is optimized for. Has anyone ever received this penalty and how long do you think it takes to remove it by building new links with varied anchors?
    SEMrush
     
    herbalexcel, Jan 29, 2009 IP
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  2. contentboss

    contentboss Peon

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    keyword stuffing will generally get you penalized. the assumption being that an 'unnaturally high' percentage of keywords in the text is an attempt to 'game' the serps. And generally rightly so, too.
     
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    juggernart Active Member

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    I think herbalexcel's problem is having built too many backlinks with the same keyword combination (and not having too many keywords in the pages text).

    I think one of my pages have the same or similar penalty:
    It was once on page 2 for a specific keyword combination. Then slowly went to page 5, then jumped to page 10 and now is completly out of sight.
    The same page ranks very well for other keyword combinations.

    If anyone has suggestions how to bring back the page for the keyword combination in question, please let us know.
     
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    fishfinder Active Member

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    Try to eliminate some of those backlinks and get a better ration of backlinks with different anchor text.

    Email webmasters and ask to either change the anchor text or remove those links.
     
    fishfinder, Jan 29, 2009 IP
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    Reliable website is very important!
     
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    Mr_Kumar Notable Member

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    #6
    First two answers are very much right.
    @fishfinder, you said it correct. And I want to add, OP should get more links with combination of that keyword (not with exact keyword).
     
    Mr_Kumar, Jan 29, 2009 IP
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    Did you use a directory or social bookmarking service to build the links? What was your link building method that caused you to lose rankings?
     
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    Always try to come up with different set of keywords to use as anchor text.
     
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    or build more backlinks with DIFFERENT anchor text. If you autoblogging, just change your list or 'random keyphrases'.
     
    contentboss, Jan 30, 2009 IP
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    Wow, I'm glad I found this thread. Because I think the same thing has happened to me. My page fail from page 5 to 7......I guess I need to change up those anchor text links.

    Brandon
     
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    I'm glad I read this thread. I currently have my forum signature in each forum I belong to pointing to my homepage with the anchor text "website design bury st edmunds" or "web design bury st edmunds". - Can I still keep these keywords but just alter the order and add in an extra word here and there - eg
    "bury st edmunds website design",
    "affordable website design bury st edmunds",
    or will even this get me penalised? - Do I have to have some anchor text with keywords I'm really not interested in for this page such as "website design diss"??????
     
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    abbaby_80 Banned

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    #12
    you are not in top because of back links,,
    i am a bit confused,:confused:
    back links are links so it never matter where as i know....
    you get penalty because of ON PAGE only not for off page:rolleyes:

    am i correct:eek:


     
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    no abbaby......you can be penalized for off site optimisation as well. Too many links with the same anchor text can hurt your serps.
     
    fishfinder, Jan 30, 2009 IP
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    It now makes sense to me to vary the link text. But - if it is really possible to destroy your serps by using the same anchor text on inbound links, then what is to stop people destroying their competitors' serps in this way? I always thought that Google had designed their system so that you couldn't maliciously damage someone else?????
     
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    Completely agree with this, I guess that we won't get penalized but the value of the backlinks will be lowered or just don't count by Google. If it is really possible to destroy your serps by using the same anchor text, I can easily build links to my competitor's site all by using the same anchor text and their ranking will drop/penalize?
     
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  17. sarpras2005@yahoo.co.in

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    #17
    My blog penalized by google for using link text in forum signature...


    I remove all "link text"...

    Please tell me my penality removed automaticaly.
     
    sarpras2005@yahoo.co.in, Jan 30, 2009 IP
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    This #50 position is not stabled and will be warry according to competitor SEO. SO better do more SEO on it will increase it and also I do not think this pushing back by any type of penalization. Its happens to me also before page 5 to 20P, i did not stop my promotion after few wekks again I came back to the second page
     
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    Abhik ..:: The ONE ::..

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    #19
    Thats true.
    You need to keep doing seo and get backlinks.
     
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    Altering of words and adding extra work in key phrase will do good. I suggest go for just website design as anchor for few times.
     
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