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Alt tags question

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tony20, May 14, 2017.

  1. tony20

    tony20 Power Member

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    Hi guys, sorry a silly noob questions. Regarding wordpress and Alt images tags!

    I just recently noticed that atleast 90% of my images don't show the keyword in the alt image tag when I hover over it! some do some don't. I click on edit image and it shows that I have an alt tag but not selected in the advanced options. So its easily changed, just need to edit all the images.
    Anyway, my question is.... does that effect any seo ranking factors in image search on google? i.e. has an alt tag but not showing when hovered over.

    This is for an image based site. I used to get 2500 - 3000 unique visits a day, and within the last year its dwindled down to 700 - 800 on a good day. Trying to work out what went wrong.
     
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    It probably isn't because of alt tags, but people use alt tags to get some additional keywords added in. Alt tags are intended for visually impaired people and machines to know what the image is about. The way that I handle them is I type in an actual description. If I can naturally include my keywords, then I do, but I wouldn't keyword stuff them.
     
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    Alt tags are used to describe an image to readers who are unable to see it (i.e images not loading, blind people) thus providing better user experience. It can add some benefit in SEO but it can also hurt your rankings. Keep it mind to avoid keyword stuffing to your images, Google doesn't want that. Your keywords should be relevant to the images.
     
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    Add in keywords but as an actual description. It's also a great place to put in LSI keywords which is good on page optimization.
     
  5. bahus

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    Image description is more important than alt tags. Google sepr is showing a description of one of my posts based on image description, not what I wrote in post meta description. Don't know to what extent it affects SEO.
     
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    Alt tag for an image is about to be the best text alternative for screen reader users and for crawling purposes. It's best to put an alt tag that describes what exactly is the image. In that, you can insert LSI keywords as well. Always refrain from keyword stuffing.