Using Alt Text with Your Images
The Alternative Text tag (alt text) is used to describe your images to crawlers.
Syntax: <img alt=”First Class Travel” title=”First Class Travel” src=”/wp-content/themes/tm-bluecomet/images/logo.png”>
The Alternative Text tag (alt text) is used to describe your images to crawlers. These are important for creating an accessible page. Screen readers, browsers used by blind and visually impaired individuals, rely on alt text to explain the images on the page to the user. The secondary reason is that Google’s crawlers, similar to screen readers, cannot see your images like the human eye can. Instead, they also rely on alt text to understand the content of your images.
- If an image is there for solely for design (this should be done with CSS, not an image file) and you cannot use CSS, add an empty alt tag so screen readers skip over it.
- Write alt text as you would if you were describing the picture to someone that couldn’t see it. Use descriptive, accurate text – that is the alt text’s purpose, so treat it as such.
- Keep alt text descriptive, but succinct. Think of it as a tweet. Give all the necessary info, but keep it confined to one sentence.
- Use important keywords, especially if it’s a product. Add all the relevant product descriptors that users would search for.
- There is no need to write “Photo of” or “Image of”. The <img> tag already gives crawlers that info.
- Stuff keywords in your alt tag. Your alt tag should be written in a sentence format. It doesn’t have to be grammatical, but a slew of keywords in a row isn’t a good user experience.
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