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Drive Extra Traffic Using ALT Tag and Google Images

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by topsytips, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. topsytips

    topsytips Regular Member

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    Whilst we all seem to be rather obsessed with getting to No.1 on Google, I can't help feeling that some of us are overlooking the benefits of the ALT tag and Google images search results.

    In the last week or so I have been setting up a series of semi automated blogs but took time out to ensure that my images were correctly labelled, with my desired keywords, using the ALT tag.

    For any noobs, you simply insert the following into your image html code:

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    alt="best keyword"
    Despite only being on page 4 of Google for my keywords at the moment, I am already receiving organic Google traffic which equates to 13% of my total. HOWEVER, I am also receiving an additional 39% of my traffic from Google Images.

    Now whilst these visitors may clearly just be interested in the image, and not view the site proper, I have noticed that the number of Adsense clicks has increased.

    Updating the alt tags literally takes a matter of minutes and is well worth the investment in my opinion.

    For those who are wondering how my site got indexed so quickly, I would suggest submitting your site to Cubestat...something I picked up from a thread by fellow BHW member Antx16.

    Also, although my 1 Digg secured a slot on page 2/3 of Google sadly it didn't drive any traffic. By far the best, to date, has been Stumble Upon although I'm not sure if this will be sustained in the long term.

    Hope this is of help to some of you :p
     
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    dynamicvb Regular Member

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    In addition to the alt tag make sure you name the image file your keyword as it will help probably more than the alt tag.
     
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    nowimhere Regular Member

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    Do we place that code at the end of the html code for our images?
     
  4. topsytips

    topsytips Regular Member

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    I do that also if possible. However, with my autoblogs the images are hosted elsewhere and hence, that's not always feasible.

    The results I've seen above have been purely down to the ALT as a lot of the images have been some rather obscure alpha numerical jargon.

    I tend to place it before the closing ">" as this is where I also add my rel="no follow" and target="_blank" (code for no follow links and open in new tab)
     
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    ALT Tags rlz...
    I modified my scripts to auto-add alt keywords...they improve me at Google Images, and it helps regular Google to rank my pages better, coz Big-G read my texts and my images =)
     
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