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Do Image ALT tags show in Google?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by samiejg, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm just wondering if anybody knows whether or not Image ALT tags show in Google. It seems like I've seen sites do this before, but then other times where it hasn't.

    I'm just curious because I'm putting a download button (image) at the start of a Wordpress post of mine and I figured I should be putting in an ALT tag, but I don't really want the text to show on Google.
     
  2. asfrankito

    asfrankito Registered Member

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    Give it time, it happened me too but with 2 months Google started remove the tags at the first sentence in the SERPs
     
  3. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    It hasn't actually happened to me already (maybe on a previous website). But so you're saying it's going to happen? But then it just goes away? hmm :| A bit strange
     
  4. Exaalion

    Exaalion Regular Member

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    Do you mean on the meta description?

    Why don't you avoid this by setting a custom meta description for that page?
     
  5. SPQR

    SPQR Elite Member

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    You should put your main keywords in the alt and in the image title. Google will pick up on these, and it will go into the Google Algo. Although, the alt tag does not show up. Also, the image should be named like this: 'your-main-keyword.img'
     
  6. Tosmekop

    Tosmekop Supreme Member

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    This.

    For SEO purposes, I would advise using them.
     
  7. SPQR

    SPQR Elite Member

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    Yeah, well of course. If you are creating a HTML document, it would be odd to leave the meta tags and such out of the header.
     
  8. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    Well I'm using Wordpress. Does the default version of Wordpress use meta tags for all it's posts? I didn't think Wordpress by default used meta desc and so thought it would be easier to just leave it blank and let google choose what they want as the desc (as long as it wasn't the alt tag text).
     
  9. Numbuh362

    Numbuh362 Elite Member

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    How else do you think google displays images
     
  10. triple9s

    triple9s Registered Member

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    I was curious about this. Wouldn't this be over optimization for keyword stuffing?
     
  11. xenergy81

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    You have to override the default alt tags in wordpress. I think the default alt tag is the same with the actual image filename.
    This alt tag is used by Google's algo to recognize what the picture is about. Just don't over-do it, use natural filenaming and you'll be just fine.
     
  12. neuroplastic

    neuroplastic Junior Member

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    They do. I set my alt tags on my images to the keywords im going after on that particular page. I set the tile tags for images as well.