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Tag on a href link

Will this help?

     
9:23 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi,
This is new to me, today I came across a site with an alt tag on a href link. Looking through the html this is what I found.

<a href="morewidgets.aspx" class="hmap" title="Blue Widgets">Widgets</a></td>

So will this help with Google and the other SE's,
Iíve never seen this before can any one explain the benefits if any or better still the pitfalls for doing this.

8:14 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm no expert but I don't think SE pay any attention to the title tag. They can be beneficial to your vistor because they display the the message in the title tag on mouseover.

The class= is probably referancing an external style sheet.

8:22 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Titles are also helpful to users of screen readers, programs that read pages aloud to blind people. The additional information can give the blind user more details about what is on the other side of the link, increasing accessibility. If you have an accesskey for a link, the title is a good place to mention it.
9:31 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I use them just as habit, but I don't think they offer much benifit as far as SEO. I think maybe for a short time there was a boost, but doubtful now.
9:34 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I don't think SE pay any attention to the title tag

Thinking is good, testing is better! There are some factors that are very difficult/near impossible to test, others are easier. This one's pretty easy to test. Give it a try, you may start to enjoy testing, and then you'll get a more firm grasp on what factors matter, how much they matter and what to do when things change.

10:24 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I recently tested this on several unrelated domains and found no ranking benefit at all when used in internal links.

In the past a few SEO companies used this in external backlinks and I believe it worked for a while but I think that there is no ranking benefit at all these days.

11:24 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Try using all <a href="http://www.example.com" title="made-up-keyword1 made-up-keyword2">www.example.com</a> and don't use the keyword on the page AT ALL.

Then come back and let us know if you think they don't count at all.

4:39 am on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This site is a big site and uses a template for 20k pages. These tags are all over the site wouldn't this trip the keyword density?

They Rank well for a lot of 2 keywords searches, so i suppose i've answered my own question there.