1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

On-page image SEO question - does "Alt" text matter?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by workplay, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. workplay

    workplay Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    27
    I know you should optimize the file name and title of the image for SEO... but do you guys also bother tweaking the alt text for the image too? :confused:
     
  2. donnybluejeans

    donnybluejeans Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2009
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    89
    Occupation:
    I sleep with your girlfriend.
    Location:
    Canada
    Home Page:
    always.
     
  3. workplay

    workplay Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    27
    what do you usually put for alt text? same keywords? or more longtail?
     
  4. lanbo

    lanbo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,435
    Likes Received:
    595
    Home Page:
    Yes it helps with onpage SEO.
     
  5. joeyblogz

    joeyblogz Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    59
    Occupation:
    Web consultant
    Location:
    bucktown
    I do optimize the alt text, but I don't use the straight keyword usually. I'll use something descriptive which contains it, such as "red widget example image". Alt tags are there for users that have non-graphical browsers so I'll use a phrase that would be contextually relevant.
     
  6. nethead01

    nethead01 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    Messages:
    424
    Likes Received:
    229
    google cant tell what the image is without it so the alt tag tells google what it is, put you keywords in alt tag for all images
     
  7. donnybluejeans

    donnybluejeans Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2009
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    89
    Occupation:
    I sleep with your girlfriend.
    Location:
    Canada
    Home Page:
    A little of both. If the image keyword is far down my list I usually go with one of the more important ones I'm using. Ie: instead of say Spicy meat balls and sauce, I may just go with meatballs or something similar. It really depends on the situation.
     
  8. hameem

    hameem Elite Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,880
    Likes Received:
    985
    Location:
    221B Baker Street
    You can use some similar other keywords which you might wanna also rank for as ALT text.
     
  9. flist

    flist Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2012
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    17
    You can use title="" on the images too. And links! I like that one. I do alt and title on everything right now within reason.
     
  10. t0mmy

    t0mmy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    6,252
    Likes Received:
    12,479
    Location:
    Ireland
    Home Page:
    I always use it, but then again i always use ALL the old onpage SEO tips even down to the metatags, best to cover all bases imo
     
  11. Taktical

    Taktical Elite Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2011
    Messages:
    1,657
    Likes Received:
    3,228
    Occupation:
    Jr.Executive VIP
    Location:
    USA
    agreed. i never fully let go of even outdated methods. that said, if you take the image alt, titles, content, image filenames, url, and meta tags all into account, you're flirting with keyword stuffing. dont keep repeating the exact keyword too many times.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  12. partymarty4870

    partymarty4870 Elite Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2010
    Messages:
    2,034
    Likes Received:
    1,690
    Location:
    I come from a land downunder
    I still do - but I don't really know how important it still is.