We wrote in April about problems with sites created with Yahoo Site Builder: some important SEO techniques couldn’t be applied. Now there’s more.
When we optimize images on a page, there are three opportunities to employ keywords: in the file name, in the alternate text, and in a title attribute. The title attribute shows up in a small text box when you hover the mouse cursor over an image that has one.
A client of ours found themselves unable to create these title attributes, so they called Yahoo Site Builder for help. The person they spoke with didn’t know what title attributes are, so my client asked me to intervene and ask the Yahoo people about it because we could speak the same language. I submitted a help request, and got the following response:
We’re sorry, the feature you are mentioning is not currently available through Yahoo! SiteBuilder and we do not have an estimated date as to when or if it will be available. However, we’ll pass your comments on to our Development team for further consideration.As you Yahoo! Site Builder uses alternate text (alt tags) on images.
Once again, we must conclude that Yahoo Site Builder is not prepared to allow full search engine optimization.