Q and A: Do search engines recognize words that are in a graphic?

QuestionDear Kalena…

Do search engines recognize words that are in a graphic? My home page is loaded with graphics and I have been told that search engines cannot read them. Is that true? I am about to have my home page rebuilt and I don’t want to spend the money if I don’t have to.

Al

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Lost in Translation

I’m signed up to receive Google Alerts whenever a new web page gets indexed by Google that contains a reference to Search Engine College.

It’s a great service and I often find spam blogs and sites that have scraped entire pages from our site so I can report them quite easily. But today I came across quite an amusing blog post that has obviously been translated into English by either very poor quality translation software (maybe Babel Fish?) or by someone whose grasp of English is pretty rudimentary.

Check out the highlights:

For those people who are not that computing machine literate person and are not up on the up-to-the-minute computing machine jargon, where are they going to travel to acquire their necessary cognition about SEO? One illustration is through Search Engine College. Their chief end is to offer easy, merriment and low-cost courses of study in not only hunt engine optimisation but in other hunt engine selling topics as well.

Does this mean we have to replace SEO (search engine optimization) with HEO (hunt engine optimization)? *chuckle*

Q and A: Are Geo Tags worth using for search engines?

QuestionDear Kalena…

I just came across ‘Geo Tags’ that allow you to identify the geographical location of your business. I’d like to incorporate them on our local office pages like Boston, Charlotte, Houston, etc.

[meta name="geo.position" content="35.2287 -80.8458 "]
[meta name="geo.region" content="US-NC"]
[meta name="geo.placename" content="Charlotte"]

Is this worth doing? What do you think?

Kelly

Dear Kelly

I’ve done a bit of research into geo tags and it appears that Google is now supporting geo-tags for Google Earth.

Google has also added geo-tagging ability to YouTube videos, so the location functionality is obviously part of their algorithm now. In addition, Google, Yahoo and MSN Live Search all now support GeoRSS. GeoRSS is a format that extends RSS by adding location data using Google Maps and the Google Maps API.

So yes, I would say go ahead and add them to your pages. The code additions are fairly small so they shouldn’t bloat the code too much.

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Q and A: How many links is too many in the eyes of Google?

QuestionDear Kalena…

We are willing to give backlinks from our website to a website of one of the universities, but we are worried to be considered as spammers or selling links by Google as we will be giving them the links in all pages. How many links per week can be reasonable to be given to this website? Are we making a risk by giving them a large number of links even if it was on intervals?

Regards
Mais

Dear Mais

If you are giving them links that pass PageRank (e.g. not using NoFollow), then I would keep the number of links to a minimum. If money has exchanged hands for the link, you’re better off putting NoFollow tags on the links, particularly if there is no direct correlation between the content on your site and the content on the university site.

I recommend you read this post and this one for clarification.