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What do you think about using "title" tags in hyperlinks?

     
3:58 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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like <a href="http://www.widgest.com" title="blue widgets"> blue widgets </a>

Good / Bad?
Should one be careful about it?

5:34 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google does not use the title attribute in their algorithm at the present time - according to Paul Haahr (Google engineer) in New Orleans. So I'd say do what's best for your users and give them helpful tool tips.
6:57 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This would fall under a useability issue...
Does the addition of the title attribute in the href help the user (human visitor) find what they are looking for?
On the SEO side...way too easy to abuse this element...(and you can bet it is being abused)... keyword stuffing for sure..

Tread lightly on this one...(much like the alt tag for images)

5:00 pm on Aug 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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<a href="http://www.widgets.com/" title="blue widgets">blue widgets</a>

Perfect. For users it's exactly what the title attribute is for.

5:32 pm on Aug 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The title tag is very useful for providing slightly more information about where a link goes and what the user will find after clicking it. As others have suggested, I don't use this for optimization, just for usability.

I also frequently use TITLE attributes in IMG tags now, because Netscape and Mozilla no longer display ALT text on mouseover - unfortunately for reasons which have more to do with how HTML is "supposed to" work than with how information is presented on websites in real life.