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  • Title tags for links?

    Are title tags for links worth putting in? Or does anyone know if they actually hurt search engine rankings?

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    Absolutely they are good when used correctly...in fact Google recommends using them. Google states they will crawl alt and title tags, so if you accurately describe, in the link title tag, where the link will take the visitor while using a keyword/keyword phrase in a logical fashion, your site stands to gain. Naturally, Google never tells us just how much hyperlink title tags will figure into the bigger ranking picture, but they'll help. Just from a end-user/accessibility point of view, hyperlink title tags are always good to have.

    If you just use hyperlink title tags as a keyword dumping ground, then they'll likely be a detriment.

    I do SEO for a living as my day job. ;)

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      Originally posted by Burnspot View Post
      Absolutely they are good when used correctly...in fact Google recommends using them. Google states they will crawl alt and title tags, so if you accurately describe, in the link title tag, where the link will take the visitor while using a keyword/keyword phrase in a logical fashion, your site stands to gain. Naturally, Google never tells us just how much hyperlink title tags will figure into the bigger ranking picture, but they'll help. Just from a end-user/accessibility point of view, hyperlink title tags are always good to have.

      If you just use hyperlink title tags as a keyword dumping ground, then they'll likely be a detriment.

      I do SEO for a living as my day job. ;)
      They won't do any harm if you build backlinks with anchored tags, google has stated they will not penalize your website for outside factors beyond your control. Otherwise your competitors could just spam your site with anchored links to boost their ranking. I use anchored text my backlink building projects and it has paid off tremendously.
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