Click Here Anchor Tag Button

5 Reasons Why ‘Click Here’ As Anchor Text isn’t recommended (But There Are Exceptions)

Anchor text plays a defining role in how clickable a hyperlink in your content is. Even though the page you are linking to maybe a credible, authoritative and informative resource, all that won’t matter for the reader if the anchor text is lackluster or repulsive.

Many website owners and copywriters fail at this crucial step of content creation by treating anchor text as an afterthought. There’s no better example of this failure than the frequent use of ‘Click Here’ as anchor text. While the phrase sounds harmless and to some extent practical, it’s usually not recommended for anchor text though there are exceptions.

We take a look at why you should use ‘Click Here’ sparingly.

1. Google Doesn’t Like It

One of the reasons for the popularity, proliferation, and power of the Internet is the absence of a central authority. Still, while there’s nobody or person sitting somewhere dictating what can and cannot be done on the worldwide web, Google is by far the single most influential organization on the Internet.

Accounting for the largest proportion of web traffic, Google’s opinions on how the world wide web should work is pivotal. You are under no obligation to adhere to Google’s recommendations or rules but failure to do so would mean missing out on the enormous web traffic that originates from Google Search.

When it comes to the use of ‘Click Here’ as anchor text, Google is unequivocal in discouraging it (see Google’s SEO Starter Guide).

2. Confuses Search Engines

Google discourages the use of ‘Click Here’ as anchor text. That’s partly because the phrase doesn’t help search engine bots understand and categorize the content. When assessing content for relevance and authority, search engines compare the text on the target page with the phrases different websites use as anchor text to link to the page. If you use ‘Click Here’ for most or all links on your web page or website, you’re denying search engines the vital information they need to establish the context of the target page.

Click Here Buttons
Click Here Buttons

It’s bad enough if you are using ‘Click Here’ for external links but much worse when linking to internal pages. In theory, you are the foremost authority on the content of your page. So if you are not clear about what your internal pages are about, you cannot expect anyone else to do it for you. Your web page’s reputation could suffer for it in the eyes of search engines.

3. It May Be Ambiguous

‘Click Here’ is such a common, generic phrase that a user wouldn’t know what they are getting into. There’s an ambiguity that may breed confusion and hesitation. Always assume that your users are in a rush and that they’d be keen on getting down to business in the shortest time possible. Giving them the run-around with ambiguous anchor text defeats the purpose of the link.

Of course, you can mitigate against such confusion by leading up to the ‘Click Here’ with a couple of sentences providing context and explaining what the user will find when they follow the link.

4. It Assumes the Type of Device

Study the traffic to your website and pay attention to what devices most visitors are using. If you are like most sites today, you’ll realize that half or more of your traffic is from smartphones and tablets. If that’s the case, most users aren’t using a mouse when navigating your site. Ergo, when your anchor text says ‘Click Here’, that instruction cannot be executed in its literal form on a mobile device where screen tapping is the name of the game.

And that’s not the only instance where ‘Click Here’ cannot apply. Some users may be navigating your page with their keyboard or via voice commands. ‘Click Here’ not only seems to ignore these alternative modes of navigation but also implies that they are not supported.

5. It’s a Little Pedantic

“Sit here”. “Stand there”. “Walk here”. On the face of it, these statements seem quite harmless. However, if you’ve ever had someone say them to you, they come across as condescending, patronizing, infantilizing, pedantic and just rude (depending on the tone used). Every human has a proud and perhaps rebellious streak within them that makes them resent being told what to do. So when you tell users to ‘Click Here’, some may actually think twice about following your direction just to prove that you have no right to order them around.

Click Here
Click Here

One of the key tenets for business success is establishing an emotional connection with your prospective customers. Recognizing the visitors to your page are rational, intelligent individuals by paying attention to small details like your anchor text phrasing can make a substantial positive difference to your click-through rates.

‘Click here’ as anchor text reached its peak in the 1990s when web designers were experimenting with stylish page design and getting rid of the underlines on hyperlinks. Making the links indistinguishable from the rest of the text was thought of as a means of creating flowing, coherent content. It didn’t take too long though for many to figure out this was a bad idea and actually affected click-through rates by rendering hyperlinks almost invisible.

As a general rule, your anchor text should be concise yet descriptive enough for readers to know what information they can expect. By avoiding ‘Click Here’ and similarly problematic phrases, you’ll be halfway there to creating an anchor text that entices users to follow the link.

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Published By: Anish Tiwari is a Digital Marketing Expert and Blogger who loves to write and explore newness relating to IT, Search Engines, Web Development, Gadgets, etc. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for the glimpses. You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn for better communication.

Ecommerce Optimization Techniques of 2019

Tips Guaranteed Increase the Sales of Your Ecommerce Business Website in Google

With markets getting so much global, you simply can’t afford to miss the prospective worldwide audience. To attract an international audience, you must ensure that your website is created to cater all their needs, the website has to be search engine friendly and most importantly your visitor must understand the content and get a seamless browsing experience.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of making your website to be ranked on the top pages of various search engines, particularly on Google. You need to compete with your business rivals, convert visitors to customers and eventually increase your sales. Getting visitors to your website is one thing and converting those leads into sales is an altogether different strategy. In this article, we will mainly focus on a few tricks to bring traffic to your existing website.

Tip 1: Use the translator on page

Yes, English is the global language, but we must realize that your website will attract international visitors and they feel more comfortable with their native language. They will have more confidence to buy goods from your e-shop if the FAQ section has resolutions to all their quarries. This will not only give your customer peace of mind, rather it will boost your sales and you may get more referrals for your website through your existing customers.

Tip 2: Power on the Like button

With countless users of social media, it will be very wise to promote your website on social media. Creating your social media page and promoting it on various platforms is the most cost-effective way to gain sales. However, don’t bombard your fans with direct links for people to buy. Use the social media platform to converse with your customers for new product release, an announcement of discount vouchers, an offer of the month and more catchy postings.

Social Media Optimization
Social Media Optimization

You might be interested in other means on digital marketing, so please review our blog on digital marketing.

Tip 3:  Use your keywords smartly

Stuffing your website with maximum keywords is not a good idea anymore. Now Google’s algorithm is so intelligent to read the behavior of people and record user’s reactions to headings and titles and records the time they spend on a website making that website rank higher. Better use catchy lines to entice your visitors to read your website content, include the target keywords in heading so that Google picks them and appraise your website on the top pages, leave traces of your link to various online press releases and blogs.

Tip 4:  Request reviews from your customers

After any purchase, please get the review directly from the horse’s mouth. The product review from customers will definitely add some content to your website and contribute to the number of hits.

Benefits of Customer Reviews
Benefits of Customer Reviews

The more hits and review your website receives, there are more chances that Google put an eye-catching star adjacent to your listing.

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Top 10 SEO Insights by John Mueller from Google

Top 10 Insights on SEO from Google’s John Mueller (Guest Post)

The insights on all things SEO are invaluable, especially when it comes from John Mueller. Recently, the Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google answered some pressing questions on the use of nofollow links, dangers of duplicate content, and more. Most of his answers got featured on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” session. Here are 10 things an SEO can learn from his comments, including excerpts of the answers he gave to the users on Reddit.

Insight #1:  On Hiding Design Features on Websites’ Responsive Version

The essence of the question is simply this: would hiding some design features for enhancing user experience (UX) have a negative impact on rankings, now that websites are gravitating towards mobile-first indexing.

From Mueller’s answer, it can be inferred that although some design features have to be compromised on mobile-optimized version of web pages, important UX elements have to be fully loaded on the page just as users open it. He substantiated that Google understands why certain layout features would have to be hidden, but still, it is important to promote user interaction for better conversion rates.

Insight #2:  On Whether Google Plans to Ignore the Nofollow Directive

Nofollow directive is a value added in Meta tags for a webpage’s HTML source code, to suggest Google not to follow external links within the site. This has been used by several websites.

Does Google Ignores Nofollow Links?
Does Google Ignores Nofollow Links?

Mueller said that Google has no plans to ignore nofollow all of a sudden since it does not cause any issues but find it as useful to the search engine. Although, he did point out that there is a tendency for things to evolve in due course. So, one cannot rule out an algorithm update that may invite changes in future.

Insight #3:  Do Websites with Better Organic Click Through Rates Rank Higher?

This refers to the number of clicks, which a site appearing on SERP receives divided by impressions. Those in the SEO profession seems to think that organic CTR contributes to search rankings, but the Google executive says that it perhaps is not as influential as most people feel it is. His answer suggests people do “weird things” after a search, like stepping back, and that indicates that clicks on a ranked site are not an accurate measure of its quality. Besides, there are ways to encourage higher rankings and that is to optimize long-tail keywords, Meta descriptions, etc. Here is the best content marketing strategy of 2018 to follow to promote your website naturally in search engines.

Insight #4:  On Whether Google Algorithms Differ in Countries

A Reddit user doubted if there are inconsistencies for rankings for different zones, as denoted by the country code on Google websites. This raised the question whether the search engine uses different algorithms or ranking factors based on nations. Mueller says Google try not to adopt distinct algorithms per language or nation since it is more scalable to create something that is uniform for the web. He puts the inconsistencies, such as rich snippets launched in select markets, down to local content.

Insight #5:  How do Spammers and Bots Influence Search Trends and Volume?

The essence of the question is whether bots and spammers can be held accountable for non-organic trends, which illicit marketers can take up. In response, Mueller says that Google is doing their best to block and filter those, although captcha pops up to even the most reasonable search queries. There has to be a way to help people get what they want without having to prove they are no robots, and Mueller rightly feels there should be an easier way to block and filter bots and spammers without having to rely too much on captcha.

Insight #6:  Creating Different Pages for Each Question and Answer

A Reddit user asked since his website has articles on a range of topics, whether it would be possible to create articles for each question and answer without violating Google’s duplicate content guidelines. Mueller suggests a different idea: work on quality, not quantity.

Insight #7:  John Mueller’s Definition Of a Wrong SEO Advice

He says a wrong SEO advice is one that has no effect on rankings in the long run, especially. He equates it to advising a business to change invoice printing paper – something that involves time and effort for no real beneficial outcome.

Insight #8:  On the Frequency of Publishing Content and Ranking

It has been a misconception among site owners that publishing content frequently can attain higher search rankings. He says that Google algorithms do not give preferential treatment to websites that publish content regularly than other websites.

Insight #9:  SEO Tip to Avoid Duplicate Content

One method SEOs use to avoid duplicate content, which may impact rankings, is to rewrite the source content with subtle differences. That is by using synonyms and associated words to make the content unique. According to Mueller, this can be counterproductive to a website. It is always best to make content as unique as possible.

Insight #10:  The Mobile-First Index

The mobile version of a site is a priority when it comes to what Google includes in the index, making it the main version over the desktop version. This change is rolling out to only those sites, which the search engine considers ready for the move. This is why Mueller states webmasters not to panic. In other words, until the site is ready to be launched as a mobile-friendly version, he advises sticking to quality content on desktop version to get indexed and then crawled. The logic is to take time to come with the best mobile-friendly site that ranks higher.

Author-Bio:  Jayalekshmi is an SEO Analyst working at MyHobbes.com for last 2 years.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree from Musaliar College of Engineering and Technology, a diploma course in digital marketing and Oracle Certified Associate. In her free time, she learns classical music and cooking wonderful dishes.

 

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