A few weeks ago I ran a poll asking does the alt tag improve rankings in search engines. We have now received over a hundred responses from our readers, who I assume are mostly SEOs.
About 80% said, yes, using an alternative attribute on images does indeed help improve rankings. While about 20% said it does not.
Here is the breakdown: :: Alt Tag improves rankings said 86 respondents or 79.63% :: Alt Tag does NOT improve rankings said 22 respondents or 20.37%
With most these polls, sometimes people look too much into the question. I am surprised about 20% said no.
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