Why should you add the "ALT Attribute", when adding an image with the image tag?
Tag Example: <img src="yourimage.jpg" alt="This is your ALT text.">
- The ALT (alternate text) is displayed while the image is loading, and remains if for some reason the image cannot load.
- It's a great way to increase your important keyword Search Engine results, which will help your site gain more Organic traffic. * Please see advisory on keyword stuffing.
How did I get in Google's top Search Engine results in less than 4 hours?
I try to add the ALT attribute to all images. The reason for this is simple, to accomplish both items above. To cover a few more details and the importance of the ALT attribute in regards to search results and traffic - - aside from the obvious ways to gain more traffic: great content, your site has been around a while, you have great incoming
links, and high Google/Alexa rankings, etc...your Search Results will be higher and more often, if you add ALT tags.
If your site doesn't have many of the former optimization characteristics yet, the ALT attribute is a simple way to start going in the right direction. I test this theory often, and am always amazed at the results. It will get you more search results, period.
Here's a perfect example, and actually what prompted me to write this discussion. Today I added a floating image to JenSocial.com - - an image that floats at the bottom right of the pages. I added the ALT attribute text "JenSocial Free Directory for All Social Networks". I also added the title attribute with the same text. Be sure to use ALT text that defines your image, and try to find a way to add a word or two to identify your site. Do not add your site name or other keywords, over and over within one image tag. This is considered a form of keyword stuffing, and will get you penalized by Google.Four hours later
, I went to Google and searched on these 2 phrases:
- free social network directory - - results, #7 on Google Search results
- free network directory - - results, #3 on Google Search results
Important to take into account: Although this is the first time I added the word free to any meta tag, title, or ALT attribute, this is a long and unique phrase, so easier to get results. But, no doubt these phrases will be searched on via Google. And, as mentioned above, JenSocial has earned other optimization characteristics that help make this happen.
And for the times that these results change, here's a screen shot of the Google Search Results:
Hope this helps a little with your Search Engine Optimization. Keep in mind, you may not gain top search engine results. But, it's a great way to start moving in the right direction, an excellent HTML and SEO practice, and over time you should see a difference.
For those who will ask "How do I add a floating image?"
Floating Image Tip:
Here's the code I used to add the floating red medallion image (bottom-right). On a Ning Network, you can add to your Analytics Box. On other websites, you can add the code in your HTML just about anywhere. Notice I even use the title
attribute within my a href (link) tag.
<a target='_blank' href='/main/authorization/signUp' title='JenSocial Free Directory for All Social Networks'><img src='http://jensocial.com/custom_images/JenSocialFreeDirectory.png' alt='JenSocial Free Directory for All Social Networks' title="JenSocial Free Directory for All Social Networks" style='position: fixed; bottom: 25px; right: 0px;'></a>
To show a mouse-over text on images or image-maps, use the title attribute, like this: <img src="smile.gif" alt="Smiley Face" title
="Smiley Face" />Definition: Organic traffic
is free, and earned by proper SEO (Search Engine Optimization). With the right keywords and SEO work, you should see organic traffic coming into your website on a regular basis. In fact, it's one of the largest types of traffic, online.Definition: * Keyword Stuffing
is considered to be an unethical search engine optimization (SEO) technique. Keyword stuffing occurs when a web page is loaded with keywords in the meta tags or in content. The repetition of words in meta tags may explain why many search engines no longer use these tags. - Source: Wikipedia