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kearnsy
04-08-2010, 01:32 PM
Hi all

I've a quick question about writing content for a website.

Does putting a description in the alt tag help with seo?

Corrosive
04-08-2010, 02:08 PM
Might do. That is a long and tortured debate. You should do it to aid viewers with sight related disabilities anyway :)

domedia
04-08-2010, 02:12 PM
Matt Cutts to the rescue. They are not only helpful, but also required.
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/12/using-alt-attributes-smartly.html

For reference, ALT tags do not exist. <alt> <-- see what I mean?

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kearnsy
04-09-2010, 03:01 PM
Thanks chaps

Does the same apply to Alt description in hyperlinks?

By that i mean, is it worth adding a text description to any links on your page as well?

I notice that wikipedia do it you see, so i was thinking, they're a big site, if they do it, why not me as well

domedia
04-09-2010, 04:34 PM
Links do not have ALT attributes, so you must refer to something else :)

Can you give an example?

kearnsy
04-09-2010, 07:43 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon

If you hover over any of the links on wikipedia, a text description comes up describing where the link will take you, or what the link is about.

That's what i'm trying to get at, sorry if my description was wrong, i'm still getting, well trying:???: to get the hang of it.

gentleone
04-09-2010, 07:49 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon

If you hover over any of the links on wikipedia, a text description comes up describing where the link will take you, or what the link is about.

That's what i'm trying to get at, sorry if my description was wrong, i'm still getting, well trying:???: to get the hang of it.
That's the title attribute.
http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_standard_title.asp

kearnsy
04-10-2010, 05:43 AM
thanks gentleone

Does it play any part in what the search engines will pick up on?

gentleone
04-10-2010, 09:16 AM
I'm not sure! Some say it does and some say it doesn't.

Corrosive
04-10-2010, 09:25 AM
Yes, totally depends who you listen to. If you are concerned then put them in. It certainly isn't going to hurt your chances!

kearnsy
04-10-2010, 02:19 PM
yup, that's what i was thinking, just put 'em in anyway.

what convinced me is is wikipedia, almost every link has a description, and when you do a search on google for anything, the wikipedia link for what you're looking for usually ranks somewhere on page 1.

Ok, thanks guys for the advice, best get cracking on.

Gotta get myself motivated somehow, it's not much fun writing content and making links is it?