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The <alt> Tag In Links
Posted 14 October 2003 - 09:53 AM
If, for example, within one site I have a text link pointing to another site, www.acme.com, what should the alt tag for this link be? Should it be the url of the site (acme.com) or should I try to use keywords related to the company the link is pointing to? Does the length of the alt tag matter to?
Thanks to everyone who response to this thread.
Posted 14 October 2003 - 09:58 AM
I don't believe there's any such thing as an "Alt tag" for text links. There's a link title attribute, which you may be thinking of. In tests, it doesn't appear that this attribute gets picked up in Google, however. It's good for users, though.
Your best bet is to use your actual keyword phrase in the clickable hyperlink. That is, the phrase that describes the landing page you're linking to.
Posted 14 October 2003 - 08:08 PM
The situation is as follows: I built a website for a client, and I have added a link at the bottom of his site that points to my own company site (e.g. site built by wwww.mycompany.com). The link is an image, not text. So, what should I put in the alt tag of the image?
Should it be keywords that relate to my site? What are my options?
Posted 14 October 2003 - 10:24 PM
That will make a difference as to what you say in the alt attribute.
Posted 14 October 2003 - 10:35 PM
well, the image is simply says "site by FULL TANK STUDIOS" .
I use an image instead of text just because I want a particular look to the link.
So, what should I attempt to use in the alt tag ? And, how will this benefit my site in terms of SEO and ranking, as well as the site the link is found on?
THANK YOU ONCE AGAOIN FOR RESPONDING.
Posted 14 October 2003 - 11:07 PM
If it were me... and I were optimizing for say, web site design, I'd put Web Site Design by Full Tank Studios in the alt attribute.
On image links, the alt attribute replaces the text that would normally be there. If you really are concerned about optimizing the link, I'd get rid of the graphic altogether and put a simple "Web Site Design by Full Tank Studios" text link in the footer. Better for SEO and less of an obvious advertisement on your client's site.
Posted 15 October 2003 - 07:46 AM
Not that the search engines would find and penalize you, but it's always best to use the tags and attributes the way they were intended, if you can.
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