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Using the title tag in <a href>

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by snwbrdstylee, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. snwbrdstylee

    snwbrdstylee Registered Member

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    While I know that the title tag for <a href> should contain a keyword, I was a bit unsure which keyword to use.

    Does the title tag pass on the text as anchor text or should it be used to spliff keywords for that current page?
     
  2. Ultraburner

    Ultraburner Junior Member

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    w3schools tells us that the title tag is a standard attribute which specifies extra information about the element so I guess go with that...

    if that involves the keyword that you are promoting I guess it wouldn't hurt as long as you are not bloating the page with keywords.

    IMO I think this is quite a granular approach and I'm not sure if it is really that important.
     
  3. ipopbb

    ipopbb Power Member

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    Just for clarity's sake, because most people understood you...

    Title "Attribute" = <a href="#" title="...">...</a>
    Title "Tag" = <title>...</title>

    For all practical purposes title attribute text is a tooltip treatment. Sites like Alexa do some cool stuff with it. Mostly I use it for SEO value. Keep it on target. Often just echo your link text or use an alternate form of the same context:

    <a href="myDogURL" title="Dog Information">Info about Dogs</a>

    where as

    <a href="myPuppyURL" title="Puppy Information">Info about Puppies</a>

    should be treated separately since they stem differently in NLP.

    Cheers,

    Ted
     
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  4. snwbrdstylee

    snwbrdstylee Registered Member

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    I should have been more clear with my wording, but I was referring to the title attribute as you noted ipopbb.

    You more than answered my question, thanks so much!
     
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  5. chockomonkey

    chockomonkey Regular Member

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    What do you mean they stem differently in NLP? Also: What's NLP?
     
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  6. ipopbb

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    Natural language processing. Google does word stemming so when you search for the plural form of a word the singular form will match as well and visa versa and similar stuff like verb tenses etc...

    Dogs and Puppies share a context and/or definition but google sees them as different because of their stems Dog != Pup

    whereas Google treats Puppy and Puppies and Pups as keyword equivalents for puppy because they stem the same Pup = Pup = Pup

    If you were tuning for SEO you would want a page for Dogs and another Page for Puppies because if you reference one a lot then you conversely reduce relevance for the other. The new Google treats relevance like a pie. If you want the best relevance then you need to allocate the whole pie. If someone is looking for an apple pie they probably don't want 30% of it to be pork. you get the idea I'm sure.
     
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    chockomonkey Regular Member

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    awesome information. thanks ipopbb
     
  8. MASSEY

    MASSEY Newbie

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    Google does not read title tags in ahref links.

    Place a really long title in one of your ahref's and give it a while until you are crawled , then google the phrase in the title tag make it a really unused phrase , and you will see that it does not benefit your seo in any way.

    There was a good snippet of info on seo gold about this, i cant post a link because im a newbie. google something like seo gold hyperlink title tags or similar you should find all you need to clarify my statement.
     
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  9. Joeblack99

    Joeblack99 Newbie

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    Dude, this guys a genius read his other posts. Then tell him about SEO lol
     
  10. MASSEY

    MASSEY Newbie

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    Lots of people know a lot about seo but still make relativly easy mistakes or give incorrect information.

    There was a guy who i knew on a different forum who knows a lot about seo and he made a statement about search engine submitters that was wrong.

    Anyway the fact is title tags in href links = no point no value google does not read them...

    If google does not read how can it aid seo? :eek: