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    character count within tags

    What is an authoritive source for the number of characters allowed with tags: alt, title, long desc, mega keyword, mega description, etc. I seem to see different numbers in different threads and am finding it difficult to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1andyw
    What is an authoritive source for the number of characters allowed with tags: alt, title, long desc, mega keyword, mega description, etc. I seem to see different numbers in different threads and am finding it difficult to follow.
    Like everything else to do with page design, there seems to be a lot of difference of opinion on this. It really depends on what source you use to submit your pages and the different permissions of each individual search engine you submit to.

    However, the alt tag is probably the most misused tag of all. It isn't meant to be a search engine tool. It's meant to tell the visitor who either isn't able to see an image or who has images disabled what those who can see the image are looking at. If you are filling your alt tags with Meta information, some of the engines will pick that up and degrade your standing because of it.

    Your page title should be, just that, the title of the page.

    The long description can be what is in your Meta Description. Some search engines don't allow a lengthy description, so then you will need to have an alternative version for them, hitting the high points of what the page is about.

    Link your keywords to your content. Too often, IMO, webmasters are so worried about search engine placement that they forget their objective is to bring the targeted visitor to the site and hopefully convert them into 1) the paying customer or client and/or 2) a return visitor who bookmarks your site.
    Linda Jenkinson
    "Say what you mean. Mean what you say. But don't say it mean." ~Unknown

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    Shyflower,
    Thanks for your input. Nice site you have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1andyw
    Shyflower,
    Thanks for your input. Nice site you have!
    Thanks for visiting.
    Linda Jenkinson
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