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Alt Attributes Showing Again
Posted 16 December 2003 - 09:25 AM
For me, right now at this moment, Google does index and show you the page that the clickable image with the alt attribute is on. It's not bringing up the resulting page, however, which I believe it used to do.
They seem to be experimenting with this a lot, so this could change at any time. I couldn't find the other thread where we were discussing this, for some reason, so I started this new one.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 09:36 AM
Searchers don't really have a lot of serious choice at the moment, as with 70% of the searches being as relevant as Google they are free to run in test mode.
Well thats my take on it anyhow.
But I have to say that the ALT tag is one of those attributes that has a big sign hanging on it saying ABUSE ME.
But i guess if the page is about mountain gorillas, and you put a few mountain gorilla keywords in there then is it wrong? as that is exactly what the attribute was designed for.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 10:13 AM
Done correctly, the alt tells users and SE's a little about the page it points to. It's definitely a good idea to use them, even if they are not counted.
It is open to abuse- I would think they could curb that by limiting the number of characters that are indexed.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 11:47 PM
I know a website which is ranked in first position by using keywords in anchor title tag. But there is a little content in the page. This website is still maintaning its top position even after algo google changes. Website is having a PageRank of 3.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 11:56 PM
It's completely ignored.
Posted 17 December 2003 - 08:46 AM
Just checked my test page, and the link title attribute is definitely not getting indexed.
If your test is the number 1 page for "free mms usa" that phrase is in the alt tag of a clickable image on that page. If it's another listing you're talking about, please let me know which one so I can look at the code.
Posted 19 December 2003 - 01:20 AM
Yes. I was refferring the first website which comes for "free mms usa".
You can see the keywords in both anchor title tag and and image alt tag.
Google ignores the anchor title tag and gives importance to image alt tag. Is that your point?
- Ajesh Nair
Posted 19 December 2003 - 08:47 AM
G does ignore the link title attribute, however. Have never seen it actually index that as of yet.
Posted 23 December 2003 - 06:03 PM
I would like to know your opinions about ALT in map areas, does it have the same value (like in clickable images)?
Posted 23 December 2003 - 06:09 PM
It depends on the code of the map, but most of the ones I've seen, you can use alt attributes for the different areas, and it's fine.
Posted 24 December 2003 - 01:09 AM
Whether alt attributes are being indexed at all anymore for link graphics seems to change daily!
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