Ezine Articles - Excessive Anchor Text

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I had an article rejected for having excessive anchor text. There were only two links in the resource box. But I guess the ebook title I used as anchor text was too long. I'm not sure. But be aware that even if you only have two links, you can get flagged for excessive anchor text. I removed the ebook title anchor text and the article was accepted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
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    • Profile picture of the author omilana
      Links in the bio box can be 4 words, then 2 links 4 words each one.
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      • Profile picture of the author johnlagoudakis
        Originally Posted by omilana View Post

        Links in the bio box can be 4 words, then 2 links 4 words each one.
        The rules must have changed recently because only a week ago I had to change the anchor text of a link to 3 words. I was told that 4 or more words were too many.
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        • Profile picture of the author bearded1
          Originally Posted by johnlagoudakis View Post

          The rules must have changed recently because only a week ago I had to change the anchor text of a link to 3 words. I was told that 4 or more words were too many.
          Yup. More than 3 words is considered "excessive" now. Not sure when this started but I just got rejected. I'll just go give the content to buzzle instead.
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          • Profile picture of the author jan roos
            I just had the same thing happen to me. I hit edit on the article, didn't change anything and resubmitted it and today it got approved. Only had 2 anchor text links in resource box.

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  • Profile picture of the author Grace Axalan
    Articles are flagged "excessive anchor text" when the article body contains seo keywords that are of no value to the topic but purely for seo. I suggest that you modify your article body and make it talk more about the topic rather than linking your readers to your owned sites, or limit your anchor text link to 3 words. =)
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  • Profile picture of the author patjospehs
    Seems to be conflicting advice here.... does the excessive anchor text reject come from links that are too long, links that contain non related SEO keywords... or both?
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Donahoe
    Hi Pat,

    It's both. Ezinearticles are really clamping down on a lot of the generic affiliate marketing crap articles so they are tightening the ropes just a little.

    In general as long as your link anchor text is relevant and under 4 words you are safe.

    All the best

    Sean
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  • Profile picture of the author Arizona
    Thanks for the clarification on the anchor texts. Much appreciated!
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  • Profile picture of the author silvervixen
    I had one rejected for excessive anchor text even though prior articles were approved with the same anchor text. I edited my link and I am still waiting for my article to be approved (waiting since Friday.) *Edit* Aaand it got approved while I was posting this.

    To be truthful, I don't think about SEO when I am creating my anchor text...I'm just thinking of what best describes my link. *shrugs*
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  • Profile picture of the author Sour
    My articles get rejected for any reason they can think of now. I wouldn't mind if they at least wrote some updated guidelines for me to follow, but every article gets hit with a general error, and I hate playing the waiting game with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigRedNotebook
    The official rule has been 3 words for awhile now. However, you will often get approval for 4 or 5 words groupings if those extra words are things like "of, or, by, and", etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Grace Axalan
    ezine editorial guidelines (anchor text):

    'hope it helps...

    We do not allow articles which have strategic keyword anchor text links in the body to your domain that do not add informational value to the article. Any use of anchored text links to websites that you own should add value to the article topic rather than stand out as an obvious abuse of anchored text link. The goal with this policy is to be a good net citizen by only allowing articles that add value with the anchored text links rather than for pure SEO reasons. Please limit your anchor text link length to 3 words.
    1. Example: Within your article, you link the word "bird dog" to an article that you wrote about bird dogging. This is a good example of an anchored text link vs. linking the same text to your home page as it doesn't really add value.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Mater
    Read their Editorial Guidelines, and the answer is right there.

    If your article is under 400 words in length, you are allowed 3 words in your anchor text. No more.

    If your article is over 400 words, you are allowed up to 5 words per anchor text link.

    I summarized it, but that's almost exactly what they say. This is a new change in guidelines, but you can find it in their Editorial Guidelines if you look.
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