Alt Tags

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Real Estate Agent with Missy Caulk TEAM

I enjoy  looking at all the ALT tags on Chris Griffiths posts and Bob Carney's posts. Some people have emailed me and asked what the heck is an ALT tag?

I found this great video on YouTube with the master himself, Matt Cutts explaining ALT tags. ALT tags are important because they tell the person reading what the image (photo) is about.

It is easy to do on Activerain, after you upload your photo, just add a title tag and image description. The title tag will be what shows up when someone holds their cursor over the photo. Google likes us to use ALT tags, enough said.

 Michigan and new addidas logoHere is an example:  Put your cursor over the image and hold it there. See it?

Now enjoy the show.
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Tracy Santrock
Raleigh - Cary Realtor
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc.

Happy New Year Missy!  George Tallabas told me about the importance of Alt tags and I went back and relabeled most of my posts.  Great tip.

December 29, 2007 06:47 PM
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Cyndee Haydon
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
Missy - So sorry for your loss - thinking of you - thats all. :-) 
December 30, 2007 01:08 AM
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.

Missy...

I started using my alt tags a long time ago.

But I am not using mine for the same reason other member's use them.

I use mine to mouth off :)

Like this...This image was made and given to me by Jeff Turner. Stealing it is not worth the aggravation I will cause in your little world :)

 

 

P.S. Now see. I'm cracking myself up here :)

TLW...ROAR!

December 30, 2007 08:04 AM
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Tom Plant
WINEormous.com
Missy - My heart is with you at this sad time.
December 30, 2007 08:41 AM
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Wayne B. Pruner
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
Oregon First
Thanks for the explanation. I will start utilizing them better.
December 30, 2007 04:57 PM
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David Matney
Omaha, NE Real Estate | Omaha, NE Homes For Sale
Alliance Real Estate
Missy, I did not know this and the video was very helpful.  Thank you.
December 30, 2007 08:12 PM
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Jim Crawford
Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
RE/MAX Paramount Properties
Alt tags are very good, but I would recommend not overusing them on your main website. 
December 30, 2007 11:29 PM
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Frank Rubi
Homes for Sale Metairie, La.
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC.
Missy, Keep teaching me. This is very useful. Thanks for sharing.
December 31, 2007 01:59 AM
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Mary Ellen Elmore

Great information!

Condolonces on your loss.

December 31, 2007 04:02 AM
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Joel Schmidt
Waterfront Luxury & Golf Course Frontage
Re/Max Platinum

Sorry to hear about your mother-in law. Take your time. Real Estate will be here when you get back :)

Nice post! I will begin using this..

December 31, 2007 08:12 AM
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Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

great information thanks for sharing

Anne

December 31, 2007 08:17 AM
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Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com
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Missy,

Condolences on your loss. 

December 31, 2007 12:36 PM
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Kathy Riggle
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Thanks for sharing this information, Missy.

Kathy

March 10, 2008 02:27 PM
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Ross Quintana
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Yes, i use alt tags and depending on the aplication I will put a keyword phrase for google in there. feed the spiders.
March 11, 2008 01:54 AM
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Liz Carter
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
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OK Ms. Missy,I go back (in my spare time) and start labeling my pictures.  Thinking of something funny will help me want to and remember to do it.  Thanks for the reminder.  I gave you an exercise to do with your team on one of my post that you made a comment on, but forgot where I put it now.  I'm doing a post on "team rewards and motivation", hope to have it out this week.  Liz
March 11, 2008 02:03 AM
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Yes.  Using the 'alt' attribute is very easy and, in my mind, a requirement.  Just as clarification, 'alt' is not a tag, it's an attribute (of the HTML <img> tag).  In fact, if your interested in your site being 508 compliant (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/), the 'alt' attribute is a requirement.  Another important attribute is the 'title' attribute in your <a> tag.  This will provide similar mouse-over description of your link.

For example (shameless plug to follow :-):

  1. <img src="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com/images/headerlogo.gif" alt="ClassifiedFlyerAds.com Logo">
  2. <a href="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com" title="Click here to go to ClassifiedFlyerAds.com">

Another less important attribute to the <img> tag is the 'longdesc' attribute.  Please see, http://www.w3schools.com/htmldom/prop_img_longdesc.asp for more details on this attribute.

Here's a image with a link:

ClassifiedFlyerAds.com Logo

or in HTML,

<a href="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com" alt="Link to ClassifiedFlyerAds.com"><img src="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com/images/headerlogo.gif" alt="ClassifiedFlyerAds.com logo" longdesc="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com" /></a>

 

Sorry for the shameless plug :-) 

March 13, 2008 12:47 PM
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Roland Woodworth
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Keller Williams Realty
Missy...... Thanks for the information on Alt Tags.... I will look at this
March 15, 2008 11:38 PM
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Michelle M. Tucker
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!Daley Real Estate
Missy, Great information and the utube clip helped as well, thank you.  Michael checked out the site for w3school, very helpful and needed information. Thank you again
March 16, 2008 10:19 PM
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Karen Turney
Phoenix Real Estate
Homesmart

Loved the information and enjoyed the "go blue" having been born and raised in A2 (Ann Arbor) and spending very fall saturday on the 50 yard line it brought back such lovely memories, I could hear the fight song!!

Karen Turney

March 18, 2008 04:21 PM
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Marie Episale
ePRO 201-314-0106 - Pompton Plains New Jersey
CENTURY 21 CREST REAL ESTATE

Thank you.. I did not know what an "alt" tag was, although I am using them on photos in my A/R blogs.  But now I need to remember that "alt" is not actually a "tag" but an attribute of of the html <img> tag.  I think I need to get some rest now...  I will learn all of this, I will learn all of this, I will, I will.

March 19, 2008 09:54 PM
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