I probably lost you already huh? Alternative tags, also known as alt tags are the 2nd naming mechanism for a picture you upload on your website. The first would be the title, irony huh? The second is the alt tag.
The alt tag has some SEO value in that the search engines usually check out the title and the alt tag since the spiders can’t read images (this includes pdf files as well) so it reads the text. Remember that not everyone can see your post so when readers come into play, when the reader gets to your image, your alt text is read by the reader – just like with the search engines.
What usually happens
When folks take pictures on their camera and upload them, they are usually given a number 123.jpg. Or, if you buy a picture, it might be named with a logical description, a number or a keyword. What do you do when you upload images from your camera or buy pictures online? How are you sorting them and finding them later?
What you should do with your images
It’s really an organization thing… and just makes the most sense, to me. What I try to do is to save the pictures with a descriptive name so I can easily find it. Then, when I upload them, I add an alt tag.
Pinterest & alt image tags
Typically, the alt tag is the text that is included under the picture. Depending upon which plugin or extension you use, it may also divert to the SEO title or SEO description – which is clearly another reason to take advantage of the alt tag and meta tags.
Here’s a quick tip on updating all alt tags
It will take a lot of time going back into every post and updating the title and alt tag so if you go through the media library, it would be much faster. Obviously it would help to know what blog or page that picture relates to as you would want to be sure the alt tag and title are in line with the text. Here’s how to do that.
Just wanted to show you the alt and meta tags on your pinned post.. so you can see what I meant by that.
Bottom line:Be sure to add a title and alt tag to every picture you upload to your site. Click To Tweet