Are You Using Naked Links?

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Using a combination of naked and anchor text linkswhite hat and black hat techniques with google

Okay, just take everything I ever told you and throw it out the window. That’s pretty much how I feel every time Google has an algorithm shift. We just get to know what to do in one area when now that doesn’t work anymore. It’s like the pregnancy rules; last year peanut butter was bad; this year peanut butter’s good, next year this will be good for pregnancy but that won’t be, and on and on. When does it stop?

The problem is that black hat SEO people are constantly ruining all of the white hat techniques by manipulating the system and causing frustration for the little guy that’s actually just trying to get some business.

So what’s the big deal now? Well, for a couple years the big deal was getting your anchor text to match your URL; meaning if you’re leaving a comment or you’re putting in a link somewhere to your website use your main keywords as the anchor text like this: Online Real Estate Marketing.

But now if you do that too many times Google will consider you spamming and manipulating the system and they may penalize the site. So what you want is a good combination of anchor text links and naked links.

What the heck is a naked link?

naked links, anchor links, seoAnd naked link is basically linking your website or your URL to the domain such as this: . Many press releases and article submission sites have been doing this for several years and Google likes to look for natural links instead of those anchored text links that are generated over and over. Most of the time those that are using this type of naked link are those that are referring to your site from somewhere else. Other users are not going to use your anchor or keyword text and link it to your website, they’re simply going to give you the website URL.

So remember to try to keep it as natural as possible and use a few of those naked links either in your website, social media, blogs, or hub pages. Google wants to see your website in a variety of different ways.

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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
Just when I think I have learned something, there is something new. I always thought naked links were bad but now I know better I guess.
Jun 20, 2012 02:40 AM #13
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Interesting.  So maybe all those naked links on the directories will have a bit more value.

Jun 20, 2012 02:41 AM #14
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

changing is right Curtis!

Thanks John!

This is exactly what I am talking about! They keep changing... time to revamp it again. ha

I hope so Debbie!

Jun 20, 2012 02:42 AM #15
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Naked links, huh?  Well that is opposite what I would've thought.  Thanks for the advice.


Jun 20, 2012 03:19 AM #16
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Tammy, thanks for this information... I do not use naked links, haven't since I learned how to insert the link in Anchored text...

Jun 20, 2012 04:24 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tammy- gee, I'd never heard of naked links!!!  But that doesn't surprise me.  Thank you again for taking care of us. 

Featured in Bananatude


Jun 20, 2012 04:58 AM #18
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

You two must go so frustrated with your job. I feel for you. So glad you are so good that you keep us up to date with what is going on. Thanks Tammy!

Jun 20, 2012 05:17 AM #19
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Tammy, one of these days I am going to call you, or at least try to chat on Google plus, I'm lost about being naked anywhere, but in the bedroom! LOL

Jun 20, 2012 06:17 AM #20
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Tammy......THANKS!  Just when we think we "get it".....IT changes!  Keep all that great info coming!

Jun 20, 2012 09:03 AM #21
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hmmm ok I get it. I used to do that a few years ago....switched the the other type and now I should mix it up - correct?

Jun 20, 2012 10:11 AM #22
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Chris,  I'm curious to know what you were thinking!?

Chris Smith - Right, and now we may need to mix it up a bit

Kathy,. Thanks! We know what they are, just didn't know what they were called.

Bobbie, no kidding!~ Back to the drawing board especially when one site gets the bomb.... doesn't happen that often though

Ellen, OK! let';s do it! (Fully clothed of course)

Kathy Burke, YUP! That's exactly it!

Anna, switching it up is exactly what they want! YES

Jun 20, 2012 10:58 AM #23
Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

I think my head is going to explode Tammy.   Thanks for the information.   I guess I will be mixing it up now, at least until they change it again.

Jun 20, 2012 12:58 PM #24
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Tammy, I couldn't believe this was not already featured. I need to remember to use these "Naked Links". Anything that is good for SEO needs to be implemented.

Jun 20, 2012 03:06 PM #25
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Good grief!  Keeping up with all of this is exhausting!  I'm so glad I subscribed to your blog - so helpful!  Suggested this one.

Jun 20, 2012 11:00 PM #26
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Good Morning Tammy,

Great post.. Yea, naked is the way to go.. Overoptimized sites get penalized quick!
It's like screaming "hey google, look at my keywords" there is a point of obnoxious..

Have a great day! Oh, Joe Jr. is doing much better, he has another ct scan this coming week..

Oh by the way, I'm mad at you.... I was going to write about this topic.. I guess I forgive you :)

Blessings my friend! 

Jun 20, 2012 11:59 PM #27
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Okey dokey, Tammy.  Sprinkle with naked links to google will love them.  I agree with one of the commentors that they don't seem pretty, but oh well.

Jun 21, 2012 12:03 AM #28
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Tammy -- Thanks for your post and keeping us informed.  I have always put my own text in the link. I think it makes it easier for the site visitor to read and makes the link fit in the context of the material that is there. Now I have to decide if I am writing to please the SEO folks or for my readers.

Jun 21, 2012 01:40 AM #29
Dylan Taft
Dylan Taft Broker/Owner Taft Street Realty, Inc. - Woodstock, NY
Ulster County Area Consultant

Thanks for sharing!  I definitely need to start mixing it up some...

Jul 06, 2012 09:37 PM #30
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

You have to write to please both readers and the search engines, the search engines to rank you, the readers to stay there.

Jul 06, 2012 10:48 PM #31
Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

Thanks for the new info Tammy. This  seo stuff is confusing. I always thought that au natural was just a polite way of saying naked.

Jul 22, 2012 10:01 AM #32
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