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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:25 pm    Post subject: alt tags etc. Reply with quote

http://www.seomoz.org/articles/search-r … actors.php

I found the above article on the subject. It might be of help to someone.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mpprh wrote:
Hi

well, as with all SEO questions, the answer is we don't know - and it changes, anyway !

SEO experts talk of up to 100 variables being considered in establishing the search positions.

Alt text is certainly used, but is generally considered to have a minor role.

However, this website index page ( http://www.languedoc-france.info ) , has around 90% alt text, 10% normal text. This week, it has moved from No2 to No1 (out of 42m references) for this search.

Something for me to look at !

Peter


Hmm,

I made a few changes, and .............. he is back to NO 2

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Re: alt tags Reply with quote

Pauliner wrote:
Hi! My website is almost finished, but I've just discovered that my webmaster has put the heading as an image, which I understand won't be picked up by search engines. He says that, because he has used alt tags, thay weill work just as well.

Can anyone tell me if this is correct?

Thanks,

Pauline


Hi Pauline,

Ok, as Paolo correctly said alt tags are not the best replacement for what an <h1> would do.

You 've got two options here:

1) Have your webmaster use an <h1> with the header you want written in a character that you like, then superimpose (kind of 3d text-like) the picture with transparent background using a <div> that is always on top. Though this may cause some cross-browser problems.

2)Continue using the picture, write an <alt> tag and a <title> tag that describe the picture, then below the header use an <h1> that rewords the <alt> tag and the <title> tag. With the CSS styles you can make the <h1> look the way you wish, in case you did not like the default look.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:20 pm    Post subject: alt tags Reply with quote

Thanks to all. I have been driving my web manager mad with all the suggestions I have been passing on to him, but hopefully we'll get some results.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:40 am    Post subject: info Reply with quote

That is hidden text and could get you banned. BMW was banned for doing just that.

garlic wrote:
I know nothing about this stuff so probably should be keeping my mouth shut but why can't you have a header over the image using the words you wish but make the colur the same colour as the background/or with no colour so it's not visible but still exists. Or is that just not allowed?
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