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For quite a while, you've been able to see a list of the most common words used in anchor text to your site. This information is useful, because it helps you know what others think your site is about. How sites link to you has an impact on your traffic from those links, because it describes your site to potential visitors. In addition, anchor text influences the queries your site ranks for in the search results.

Now we've enhanced the information we provide and will show you the complete phrases sites use to link to you, not just individual words. And we've expanded the number we show to 100. To make this information as useful as possible, we're aggregating the phrases by eliminating capitalization and punctuation. For instance, if several sites have linked to your site using the following anchor text:

Site 1 "Buffy, blonde girl, pointy stick"
Site 2 "Buffy blonde girl pointy stick"
Site 3 "buffy: Blonde girl; Pointy stick."

We would aggregate that anchor text and show it as one phrase, as follows:

"buffy blonde girl pointy stick"

You can find this list of phrases by logging into webmaster tools, accessing your site, then going to Statistics > Page anaysis. You can view this data in a table and can download it as a CSV file.

And as we told you last month, you can see the individual links to pages of your site by going to Links > External links. We hope these details give you additional insight into your site traffic.

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and
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have been in existence for a long time and have been pinged often. Yet they never show up in searches. Why? What is wrong with them?
 
Yes! Thank you! This is a feature i wanted for a very long time :) Thanks again.
 
besides I'd like to see the number of each anchor text links
 
Does the neighbouring text near the anchor content have any influence on the follow link as well?
 
How are the 100 items ranked?
 
Why not just add a column in the external link report that shows the anchor text for each link that you are already reporting?
 
Hi Philipp, The anchor text is ordered by the most common phrases. So, the phrase used most often in link text is first on the list.

Thanks everyone for the feedback. We'll look to see how we can expand this feature in the future.
 
GOOGLE has hijacked my home page and will not let go
What can I do to stop this extremely irritating and time consuming annoyance.
Normally Yahoo is my home page – every day I change my page back to Yahoo and within seconds Google has changed it back.
Further when I do a google search i am rerouted every other time
Both problems started at the same time…
I am getting to hate google –
Please advise
Robert
 
I don't understand what I am missing.

If I look at the Statistics > page analysis page on my google webtools site it tells me the distribution of the type of pages (text/html and application/pdf) and encodings (US-ASCII, UTF-8, CP1252 (Windows Latin-1)) of my web pages.

I see no list of anchor text words or phrases used to link to my site.

The external links page does list 46 links to my site, so there should be information to populate the list you mention in this post.

Dave
 
I experience the same thing as lupo. Is it rolled out at once or not? Is it available in Russia (I use english interface but the site and the links are in Russia)
 
Aggregating the anchor text makes the information very useless, not useful.

It would be EXTREMELY helpful to know what anchor text is being passed. So why not filter out the links that don't pass value and show the anchor text next to the links that do pass value?
 
Whenever I see a csv on any google service I automatically think, "where the tight integration with google docs like gmail?"
 
Although csv would require a constant exporting of the file, unless someday there is some xml/csv/tsv/xls interoperability.
 
i don't think this new feature adds value, i actually think that most common words in external links was much more useful as it gave you an idea of a theme of all links. I don't think that comparing 3 or 5 word long phrases is the best idea...what about their order? If you have an anchor text "credit cards" and "cards credit" it would appear as two separate rows but their value from linking perspective is the same. I also agree with Mark barrera, that reporting text next to the url would be much more useful.
 
Great SEO Blog guys!

SEO Expert Michael Wilson
 
Why I see 0 for both internal and external links all the time? Please take a look at this http://farm1.static.flickr.com/163/427868666_9a0fbd7aa5_o.jpg
 
I have this same problem - no information about anchor text on Statistics - Page Analysis at all... Is the feature available to all users?

If I look at the Statistics > page analysis page on my google webtools site it tells me the distribution of the type of pages (text/html and application/pdf) and encodings (US-ASCII, UTF-8, CP1252 (Windows Latin-1)) of my web pages.

I see no list of anchor text words or phrases used to link to my site.
 
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