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Internal Keyword Links - How To Tell If There Are Too Many?


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#1 RYates

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 06:43 PM

Like many folks, our site was hit in March 2012 with PENGUIN manual penalty.  Took many months but eventually after disavowing tons of "spammy" links, we were reincluded.

 

But...our rankings have never come back to where they used to be for several years.

I cleaned up duplicate content issues, added proper meta titles, meta descriptions. And cleaned up some other potential problem areas.

Still getting outranked by sites with much lower moz rank, sites with much less links.

 

So my novice brain is wondering WHY, what is still wrong?  MAYBE we have too many keyword anchor text links on our site? 

Is there a tool where I can test for this?   

 

Thanks!

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#2 Jill

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 07:18 AM

 

Is there a tool where I can test for this?   

 

 

No because there is no specific number. Look at your site through clean eyes as a user would and decide whether the current anchor text makes sense or if it seems keyword stuffed. 

 

Most likely you've never come back due to old links that used to help, no longer counting.  



#3 RYates

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 11:50 PM

Thank you Jill. 

 

I forgot when I looked at my link count in WMT and moz.com that THOUSANDS of these links were disavowed.

So we probably don't have enough great links yet.

 

I also think I might being hurt by a bunch of keyword anchor links an old news.ourdomain.com site we built (yeah, just for links....) that point to our domain.com site.  Probably a couple hundred keyword anchor links on that site.  And our old blog.ourdomaind.com as well. 

 

After reading lot's of your posts on the forum, I'm getting it through my head - if the link does not look natural, if it looks like it was placed there for seo reasons - it should be gone.

 

I appreciate your forum and hope to attend your class soon!



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:44 AM

- if the link does not look natural, if it looks like it was placed there for seo reasons - it should be gone.

 

 

Only if you had it put there. Links that you had nothing to do with are not likely to be treated as suspect no matter how they look to you.



#5 RYates

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:39 PM

@chrishirst - Yep, we put these there.  They are coming from a site we built, as a subdomain of our site. 

These are found on posts from NEWS.ourdomain.com  - so I think I should just remove the whole NEWS.ourdomain.com



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:02 PM

Are they there and pointing to genuinely useful content that is related or relevant to the news item?

 

Or are they there simply for the "search engine" factor?



#7 RYates

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:10 PM

@chrishirst - They were really put there for "keyword links"

Is there any way I can email you the url so you can see what I'm talking about?

ron at yatesrings dot com



#8 Jill

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:25 PM

They were really put there for "keyword links"

 

Get rid of them. Get rid of the whole subdomain if that was it's purpose.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:28 PM

Thanks Jill.  I'm blowing the dang thing up now.  I wonder (hope) it will help our rankings to get rid of these. 






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