SEO Made Easy - 8

Possibly The Biggest Misconception About Ranking Well In The Search Engines...

In previous chapters I've taught you different optimization strategies. I've taught you the difference between onpage search engine optimization and offpage search engine optimization.

Quick Review

Onpage search engine optimization are things that you can change ON your webpage.

  • Title tag
  • Header tags
  • Bolding, Italicizing, Underlining
  • Alt image tags
  • Meta Tags
  • Etc.

Offpage search engine optimization comes down to basically 1 thing, which websites are linking to your wesbite and how they're doing it.

  • Anchor text uses in your link
  • The title of the page your link is on
  • The page rank of the page your link is on
  • The "theme" of the website your link is on
  • Etc.

By now, I'm hoping you see that it's the offpage search engine optimization factors that will get your website to the top of the search engines. Again, the onpage factors are things you SHOULD do, but are not nearly as important as the offpage factors.

Let's analyze a website!

In this example I'm going to analyze the #1 ranked website on Google for the search term "click here". First, let's go to Google and enter "click here".

Google Sites

You'll notice that the #1 ranked website is That's interesting...

Now, why would rank #1 for that search term? I would think would rank well for terms like:

  • graphic design programs

  • create printable documents

  • web design programs

  • and other keywords related to what they sell...

A few things that you should notice by looking at the picture above.

  1. The word "click here" isn't in the page title

  2. The word "click here" isn't in the URL of the website.

  3. The word "click here" isn't even in the description listed by Google!

Now, let's click on the listing in Google and check out the actual webpage.

Adobe Sites

Now, get this... The words "click here" aren't even on the webpage, anywhere!

If all of those onpage optimization techniques that many SEO companies talk about were true, then don't you think a different website would rank #1 for this term?

  • Onpage optimization factors like:

  • keyword density

  • keyword prominence

  • keyword proximity

  • bolding, italicizing, underlining

  • etc.

are NOT critical to worry about when trying to rank well for a search term.

Yes, you should spinkle your keyword throughout the webpage and do the other onpage optimization techniques I've taught you in previous lessons, but again, I really want to drill this into your head. It is the offpage optimization that will increase your rankings in the search engines; specifically Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

Then why exactly does rank #1 on Google for the term "click here"? It's because of their links! Who is linking to them AND how they're doing it! Let's open up SEO Elite so I can give you a visual of what I mean.

When it's finished running, let's click on the "report view" tab to view some of the results. The first thing you should notice is the Google Page Rank of all of the pages linking to If you click the column heading within SEO Elite labeled "Google PR", it will sort the column in descending order.

You can see that the pages linking to have an extremely high Page Rank. Any website with a Page Rank of 6 or higher are VERY high page ranks. There are only a handful of PR9 websites on the entire internet and a few are actually linking to!

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Next, let's click the "analysis view" tab.

If we click the column heading titled "anchor text", it will sort this column in descending order. We can quickly see that the words "click" and "here" are within the top 10 words listed in the left hand column.

Remember, the anchor text column will show you the number of times the word in the "Word" column appears in the actual anchor text of the link pointing to

Anchor Text:

Example) Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader...
"Click here" is the anchor text in the example above.

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So, by looking at the analysis above, we can see that the word "click" appeared in 16 of the links pointing to and 6.8% of the total links pointing to contained the keyword "click". The keyword "here" was found in 34 links pointing to and appeared 14.5% of the time.

Reason is ranked #1

The main two reasons that is ranked #1 for the keyword "click here" is because:

  1. The websites linking to are very quality (have a high Page Rank)

  2. The websites linking to used the keywords "click" and "here" many times in the anchor text of the links linking to There are a few other offpage optimization factors that help to rank #1, but those
    are the main two reasons. I hope you can clearly see the power of offpage optimization (linking).

So, the next time someone asks you what is the proper keyword density, the proper keyword prominence, the proper number of times you need to bold, italicize, or underline a keyword on your page... You can tell them that onpage optimization is NOT critical when ranking well for a given search term and the anwer is in properly planned OFFPAGE OPTIMIZATION.