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Inktomi Algorithm and <alt> tags

quick but important question

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

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.