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image indexing SEO help

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by dezasta, May 12, 2009.

  1. dezasta

    dezasta Newbie

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    Hello,

    I am using Lightbox on a website, by the looks of it the images are not being indexed. I would really appreciate it if you guys/girls could share some tips and tricks or perhaps suggestions.

    thanks
     
  2. benchlegs

    benchlegs Junior Member

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    One of the simplest ways to make your Web site more accessible is to use an alt attribute in your image tags.

    Many browsers also display the alt text when the customer rests their mouse on the image. This means that the text should be clear and easy to read for any reader pausing their mouse on your page.


    Adding alt text is simple, just use the alt attribute on your image:
    <img src="image.gif" alt="This is my dog, Fido" />​
     
  3. coolness

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    Im my experience good alt tags make a world of difference.
     
  4. dezasta

    dezasta Newbie

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    thanks guys but you are missing the point here, I am aware of the importance of alt and title tags not only that i know that url structering and resolution numeric convention helps too but the issue at hand is dealing with a javascript based image gallery where you have thumbnails and then a popup for high res version.

    i am using Lightbox JS at the moment.
     
  5. 195471

    195471 Regular Member

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    A simple way to get your lightbox images indexed would be to put a link somewhere on one of your pages to a page that displays all of your images, and use alt text (not alt "tags" -- no such thing ;)) as mentioned by benchlegs and coolness.

    Code:
    http://www.yoursite.com/images.html
    When spiders crawl your page, they will follow images.html and find the images. If you have a lot of pics, you could divide them among multiple pages, and have one page link to the next like a daisy chain.
     
  6. Sweetfunny

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    Because it's using JS, it will fall back for bots.. So they don't see a fancy pop-up like you do. So to see what's really going on disable your Javascript and you will find it probably loads:

    lightbox/images/thumb-1.jpg

    Then when clicked, loads another page with just an image (no HTML) like:

    yoursite.com/lightbox/images/image-1.jpg

    So this means the full size image will have no Alt, Title, Surrounding text, no page <title> element etc and the "only" SEO element usable is file name. I guess you could hack the non-js fallback so it links to a HTML page instead with your image embedded and all the fancy SEO HTML.