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Anchor Text Probably Influences Search Suggest

A few years ago, I started using the phrase "serendipitous travel blog" when linking to Geraldine's travel blog. The phrase had almost no exact matches around the web, and now it's used on many places that have picked it up from my professional bio. As you can see, it's also become part of Google's search suggest.

It's also possible that this could have influenced search suggest even if it wasn't anchor text (and was just part of the text, but then other phrases in my bio would do the same thing, and that doesn't seem to be the case).
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Two extra points to add here:

1. "el blog" is not suggested when just "trav" is typed into the search box
2. "lucky trav" also returns a suggestion for "el blog"
3. "charmed trav" does not suggest "el blog"
4. "fortuitous trav" doesn't suggest anything

Then I ran out of synonyms.

I have no idea what this means
I suspect that people may have searched for "travel blog" though.
+Francois Mathieu yes. But then what is it about the word "serendipitous" that causes Google to suggest "travel blog" when (for me at least) it isn't among the top suggestions when I enter "travel"?
+Richard Fergie could it be that "serendipitous" is just such an uncommon word that there is really low long tail competition? Whereas a word like "lucky" gets used a whole lot more? I would think the SATier the word the easier it would be rank for. 
Dan G.
+Tim Llewellyn I think that's it. Serendipitous is making the search somewhat unique. Unfortunately few would search using it and travel so it will remain in obscurity. :)
Anchor text is making a comeback! Get those semantically related terms as anchor text.
Great highlight +Rand Fishkin - nice to see anchor text is still strong. Curious if you ran a test on 2 similar posts A &
B, both with exterior anchor texts pointing too them BUT "A" had anchor text pointing outward to relevant exterior articles & "B" had simple words "click here" to same articles etc to see if anchor text within an article increases its SERP relevance. 
+Michael Ross Sounds like an interesting one (more about testing the value of external links). You should try it and publish - I'd share!
With long or obscure terms I think it is just throwing some common end words in there, filtered by topic sometimes but not always. Being in Hong Kong myself I often see "Hong kong" as the end suggestion on long terms even where it makes not much sense. 
Excellent +Rand Fishkin I'll take you up on that - we'll see the impact of external linking with or w/out anchor text on SERP. 
I've seen evidence to suggest that anchor text does play a role in search suggest, guess this has confirmed our suspicions, thanks +Rand Fishkin :) Lee.
I've also noticed how google suggest has heavily influenced English-American spelling. It's also an inherent laziness in people but combine that with 'suggest' and we are now in a world where we optimise and then we optimize ;) nice post +Rand Fishkin
Will do +Ginger Ebinger and me too. I've heard whispers of Google giving relevance to those external links but curious to see if anchor text will elevate results and what impact there may be on Google's search suggest.
Thanks +Alex Whalley It seems I better get this one right :-) Looking fwd to having something to measure
Lol, so basically you just optimized your wife's anchor text around the web to target a term with no search volume! All in the name of science, I suppose. Heh. Awesome findings though.
I don't think its related to anchor text at all. There are 10k uses of the phrase throughout the web - wherever Rand's bio is pasted. The suggest is based on searches first and google's semantic occurrence analysis second.
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