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Future Tense Anchor Text SEO Technique

Future Tense Anchor Text SEO Technique

With SEO evolving and adapting to new algorithm changes constantly, many individuals are also looking for the next new way to rank their sites for different keywords. Future tense anchor text is something people have been experimenting with for a while now. This is the technique of writing posts which are designed to rank for phrases which will be popular in the near future. In this post I will be uncovering a technique I learned from Charles Floate after attending a recent Chiang Mai SEO Mastermind.

Ranking Pages for Next Year

With the New Year swiftly approaching, many people are attempting to rank keywords for 2018 early. This process involves something called future tense anchor text, which is the concept of theming the anchor text you use for links around the time period you want them to rank for. An example of this would be if you were looking to rank for ‘Get Ready for SEO in 2018’ as the year in which you’d like the keyword to rank is included in the phrase. This can help to push up your rankings so that when 2018 comes along, your page is already ranking well for the keyword that people will be searching for. A company may use this same anchor text 10 times for 10 different links in the hope that this will rank them ready for the New Year.

The problem of course with the example I have given above is that Google is becoming increasingly more intelligent. It is beginning to understand that people are benefiting from the ease of simply including the year, for example in the anchor text, and then ranking it ready for January. As a result of this, Google is finding it much easier to see a pattern when the same anchor text is used for ranking the exact same phrase with the same year.

Get One Step Ahead of The Game in December 2017

You all need to up your game as competition increases throughout December 2017 and beyond. Start looking for next years searches now and future tense your content so you are ranking for keywords containing 2018, 2019 or whatever the following years are from reading this post. Once ranking in position one for the future tense of your main keywords then you tend to stick around more within google and it is harder to knock you off your perch. Try to think outside the box on keyword research to rank for various keyphrases and you will be onto a winning combination for sure. When using future tense keyword research then ahrefs who are a must have SEO tool have integrated an amazing new element which shows the newly discovered searches within google so you can use this to follow the trends.

AhRefs Future Tense Keyword Research

AhRefs Future Tense Keyword Research Strategy

You can see from the image above that ahrefs have integrated a new feature into their keyword explorer. This image is showing the growth and trends of bitcoin growing in monthly searches and having this data is crazy for your tools in being able to utilise this within your marketing strategies. You have all the training and tools needed online to go out and make yourself plenty of money. Start taking action today and read this article which hopefully motivates you to start hustling and grafting today.

Using LSI Keywords

A great way of stopping this happening whilst ranking for multiple different keywords is to target LSI variations of the future tense anchor text. So for example instead of using ‘Get Ready for SEO in December 2017’ 10 times for 10 links, perhaps a good practice would be to mix it up and do 8 LSI variations of that key phrase with 2 as exact match. For example your keywords spread across 10 links could look like:

  • Get Ready for SEO in 2018
  • Get Ready for SEO in 2019
  • Prepare for Search Engine Optimisation in 2019
  • Getting Geared Up For 2018 SEO
  • Adapting Your SEO Strategies Ready For 2018
  • Improving Your Search Engine Optimisation For 2019
  • Readying Yourself For 2018 SEO
  • Preparing For 2018 Search Engine Optimisation 
  • 2019 SEO Preparation Techniques
  • Researching New SEO Strategies for 2018

Using a variety of keywords like this will not only help the process look natural to Google, but it will also help increase the amount of future tense keywords that you rank for. Win win!

Targeting Regularly Updated Products

This technique can work really well if you are selling products which tend to get out of date quickly as new ones come along. For example you could have a page talking about the best laptops of 2017, but you want that page to rank for keywords like ‘best laptops 2018’ so that when new products are added, your page is already ranking. You can do this by including phrases containing ‘2018’ within the content of the page, and linking to it with anchor text like ‘top new laptops for 2018’ etc. This way when people start searching for the most up to date pages about new laptops, you’ll already be ranking for those phrases.

By using these tactics you can put yourself ahead of competitors and get your pages ranking for future tense keywords. So why not try out these techniques and see if it can work for your business. Let us know if you have any other suggestions for this post and feel free to contact us on social media!

Future Proof Your Earnings

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Try to be innovating and creating ideas within your online marketing strategies to be one step ahead of the game. Jumping some of your keywords onto page one in the serps could be that boost your site needed. Driving more traffic and sending more signals to your website could work wonders for the whole site.

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James Dooley

Digital Nomad who loves travelling the world while working on Internet Marketing. SEO was previously the name for the search engine optimisation services however now general inbound marketing includes social media, paid ads and traditional media then the term used is Growth Hacking Strategist.

1 Comment

James Dooley

about 1 year ago

@charlesfloate:disqus thanks for the help on this pal. Have you done your article yet?


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