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  1. #1 How the left is controlling what comes up on search engines 
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    Earlier in the week, we discussed how you can click on certain articles when you conduct keyword searches in order to help your preferred content reach more people. Now, let’s talk about a second power search engines not only grant you, but encourage you to use, in order to help your desired content reach more people. It’s called anchor text..

    What is Anchor Text?
    “Anchor text” is the text that is embedded in any hyperlink you post online. For example, the anchor text in David Harmer wants to abolish public schools is “David Harmer wants to abolish public schools.” As another example, the anchor text in Jerry McNerney for Congress is “Jerry McNerney for Congress.”

    In the same vein, the anchor text in “click here to learn about David Harmer’s position on public schools,” is “click here.” And, the anchor text in “visit Jerry McNerney’s campaign website at http://www.jerrymcnerney.org/” is “http://www.jerrymcnerney.org/.”

    How do I create Anchor Text?
    Wikipedia provides a quick, useful descriptive of what anchor text is, and how to generate anchor text in your own hyperlinks. It’s actually kind of tricky for me to show you how to do it while I am using Daily Kos’s html editor, so check out the Wikipedia link to learn more.

    How important is Anchor Text?
    Hugely important. In fact, it might be the most important way you interact with search engines, whether you are a blogger or a commenter. The words you include in your anchor text will impact every keyword search on those words in Google and other major search engines.

    How do I use Anchor Text?
    Your anchor text needs to two things:

    1. Be descriptive of the URL to which it is linking, and

    2. Be phrased like a keyword search that other people would actually use

    Other than that, it is up to you. So, whether you are blogging or simply posting a comment in a message board, don’t use non-descriptive anchor text like “click here” or “http://www.jerrymcnerney.org/.” Instead, use descriptive anchor text like “David Harmer on public schools” or “Jerry McNerney for Congress.”

    Anchor text like “click here” will only impact searches on words like “click,” “here” or click here.” There is even a Wikipedia article on why “click here” is terrible anchor text. It isn’t relevant to the URL you are linking, or keyword searches others will perform on the topic you are discussing.

    By contrast, anchor text that includes words like David Harmer or Jerry McNerney is both descriptive of what you are discussing, and will impact searches people make on keywords like “David Harmer and “Jerry McNerney.” Since you are writing about Jerry McNerney or David Harmer, then use anchor text that actually mention Jerry McNerney or David Harmer. Further, since you want to reach other people who are searching for information on David Harmer or Jerry McNerney, then use anchor text which other people will actually use in their keyword searches on David Harmer or Jerry McNerney.

    Really, it’s quite simple. And very powerful. If only a few hundred online progressives start using it properly, the impact will be immense.

    Bloggers, take note
    If you have a blog, these tips about anchor text apply to all the hyperlinks on your website. For example, take care on the content tags you use--make sure they are visible, make sure there are not too many of them, and make sure they are descriptive.

    Proper use of anchor text especially goes for your blogroll. Because your blogroll is embedded in the template of your website, the hyperlinks in your blogroll will update in search engines every time you post a front-page article on your blog. So, pay close attention to the anchor text you use in those hyperlinks. Whatever anchor text you use there will reach a lot of people, so make sure it offers an accurate description of both the URL to which it links, and what you want people to see.

    Do search engines want you paying attention to Anchor Text?
    Descriptive use of anchor text is not only approved of by Google and other search engines, but they actively encourage you to do it. For example, on pages 16 and 17 of Google’s approved SEO guide (PDF), they make identical points to what I just wrote:

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    Capitalists control a capitalist system.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
    Capitalists control a capitalist system.
    Commies control media.
     

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    That's absurd. The owners and managers of the companies control them. These are capitalists.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
    That's absurd. The owners and managers of the companies control them. These are capitalists.
    Only until they get their wish.
     

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    The very wealthy own most of the wealtha nd most f the institutions in our country and it's in their best interests (and against our interests) to push for the policies that they do.

    Liberals may have had some hold of the media in the 1950's-60's but we're living in an entirely new era
    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
    The very wealthy own most of the wealtha nd most f the institutions in our country and it's in their best interests (and against our interests) to push for the policies that they do.

    Liberals may have had some hold of the media in the 1950's-60's but we're living in an entirely new era
    The era of Soros.
     

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