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Inktomi Algorithm and <alt> tags
quick but important question
mpthink




msg:19337
 12:38 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Greetings

Would appreciate the benefit of anyone's knowledge here.

Does Inktomi's ranking algorithm take into account the text within image <alt> tags?

Thanks very much for any help

 

tigger




msg:19338
 12:58 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

I thought it was down to title & description to rank well with ink, I don't think ink even looks at the alt's

Crazy_Fool




msg:19339
 1:07 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>Does Inktomi's ranking algorithm take into account the
>>text within image <alt> tags?

some engines will, some won't. IMO, doesn't matter, put them in anyway.

martinibuster




msg:19340
 3:06 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

See Inktomi's content policy faq [inktomi.com].

In particular:
anything you do to accomodate the vision-impaired or wireless browsers helps you with search engines.

Alt tags are generally for the vision impaired.

Most search engines have a faq like that, a policy document explaining what they consider spam.

mpthink




msg:19341
 3:28 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

That strikes me as a sensible policy.
It would certainly be a tad confusing for someone of impaired vision to hear the contents of a stuffed tag.

Best to keep things descriptive, pertinent and concise, I suppose is the upshot.

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