Let Search Engines “SEE” Your Images By Using An Image Alt Tag
When a search engine such as Google looks at your site, it can only read the text you have written but it can not “see” any of your images and therefore can not understand what your image is about, but you can easily fix this by adding an image ALT tag.
Every blogger knows that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important, and by adding an image ALT tag to your images, you are helping your SEO because you can add targeted keywords inside your “ALT” field to help your SEO.
Now I must tell you that in the past, using keywords in an image ALT tag was very more important for search engines than it is now, and this is due to webmasters abusing this feature by flooding their image ALT tag with keywords, but it is still considered very important, so it is best to use it.
Google Believes In Using an Image ALT Tag Within All Your Posted Images!
Google advised using an image ALT tag in their Webmaster Tools Tips whenever you post a picture, here is what they said:
“Images: Use the alt attribute to provide descriptive text. In addition, we recommend using a human-readable caption and descriptive text around the image.”
Here is the source link.
On top of all this, note that visually impaired people who are using text readers will also be able to understand what your images are about using an image ALT tag.
How Do I Define An Image ALT Tag In My Photos?
Normally, to publish an image on your blog or static site, you write something like this:
<img src=”blueSky.jpg” width=”200″ height=”200″>
Now to add an image AL” tag, all you have to add is:
<img src=”blueSky.jpg” width=”200″ height=”200″ ALT=”Blue Sky”>
Adding an image ALT tag to your images requires no coding knowledge and it’s very fast to apply, so why not? even if it helps your SEO by 1% can you afford not to do it? 😀