| 8:06 am on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)|
As far as I know, spiders follow <a href="" code, and should not matter if it is on an image.
But the alternative text links would be nice for your users, because not everybody has images on.
| 2:59 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I would say go with text links - especially since it is a great place to throw in a keyword.
| 3:32 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)|
The search engines follow the <a href= - as said by Duckula.
So SE's will find your pages even if the only links are from graphics.
The second consideration is that SE's determine what your page is about by a number of factors including page content, titles and link text. So linking with text gives your page extra weight for that phrase.
If you have a graphical menu use the alt text on the image - I have no proof but think that SE's will count this text (less than with plain text but every little helps).
Additionally a footer with plain text links will help - it maintains a good internal linking structure, gives the SE's plain text to use. It also becomes useful to many web surfers who instinctively visit the bottom of pages for certain info - like contact details, sitemap etc.
So in summary - it's not necessary but helps.
| 5:28 am on Apr 3, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Image maps should be avoided if optimization is the focus.
Rollover script causes bloat - more difficult.
HTML basic graphic links are less cumbersome.
Text based links based on relevant keywords are most se friendly.
| 5:06 pm on Apr 3, 2002 (gmt 0)|
if you use graphical links, try using a title attribute in the href to identify the link and where it is going.
| 9:16 pm on Apr 7, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Text links over graphical links anyday. Like someone said you can include good key words, less load time and in my oppinion more of a benefit to the user.
| 8:11 am on May 30, 2002 (gmt 0)|
If you do use graphical links, simply call the graphic the keyword...like dvd_store.gif
And have that link to a page called dvd_store.htm