Editor's Note: Anchor text is a hot button issue right now. People are afraid of anchor text in a lot of ways, which is pretty crazy. As this video shows, though, if you keep it diverse and act like a human being, you'll be just fine.
For a long time, if you wanted to rank, you picked the keyword or words you wanted to rank for and then used one of those keywords as the link for every (or nearly every) link you built. However, Google now clearly interprets exact match anchor text of this nature as an attempt to manipulate its algorithm.
Based on the current Google practices exact match anchor text should be used sparingly and should only make up a small percentage of your backlink portfolio. The rest of your portfolio should consist of a combination of things including branded anchor text and partial-match or long-tailed anchor text.
As Google continues to perfect their algorithm, anchor text strategy will no doubt continue to change. However, for now it is important to stay informed and adhere to anchor text best practices to get the most out of your links.
Content by Jon Ball
Video Production & Voice Over by Thomas Swisher