Image Alt tags and/or Captions?

Profile picture of the author coykiesaol by coykiesaol Posted: 12/21/2010
We have a number of Websites and heard that placing a small caption of text below/above the image with relative Keywords in the text if it makes sense or simply add text that describes the image will help with SEO because you can be a little more descriptive with a caption than you can with the ALT tag. So can or should we do both a caption and an Image ALT tag?
Thanks for your help !
#alt #and or or #captions #image #tags

  • Profile picture of the author orvn
    orvn
    Simply using the alt element within the img tag is sufficient. I like to describe the image and only include my keyword if it's convenient. These serve are potential results on image searches.

    You may stuff keywords, but only a tiny bit. Personally, I don't
  • Profile picture of the author seoiwc2010
    seoiwc2010
    yes its better if you use both caption and image Alt tag. this gives the search engines a better option to crawl the targeted keywords.
  • Profile picture of the author theentry
    theentry
    Originally Posted by yukon View Post
    If you have both an image ALT & TITLE tag, you can control what people see & what search engines read.

    Example, Google will show your image in Google Image Search for the keyword "Really Fast Cars", when a person hovers over the image they will see "This is a picture of a red car".

    <img src="http://domain.com/images/really-fast-cars.jpg" alt="Really Fast Cars" title="This is a picture of a red car"/>
    Hm he wasn't talking about that, he was talking about a caption which is seen all the time above or under the image.

    Actually I think it's a nice idea to boost more relevance to the image and I've never thought of it!
  • Profile picture of the author linkswap
    linkswap
    It's a good technique to use Alt tag with most of the images and placing good keyword, relevant to the site in it cz it obviously is good as far the SEO and ranking is concerned for a site.
  • Profile picture of the author superSEO2011
    superSEO2011
    Originally Posted by yukon View Post
    If you have both an image ALT & TITLE tag, you can control what people see & what search engines read.

    Example, Google will show your image in Google Image Search for the keyword "Really Fast Cars", when a person hovers over the image they will see "This is a picture of a red car".

    <img src="http://domain.com/images/really-fast-cars.jpg" alt="Really Fast Cars" title="This is a picture of a red car"/>
    Thanks for explaining this!
  • Profile picture of the author Alexander CPA
    Alexander CPA
    I'd just stick with the alt tag to be honest.
  • Profile picture of the author Albern
    Albern
    Yes. it's good. you can use both image tag and caption.
  • Profile picture of the author keyideas
    keyideas
    Simply use of ALT tag is sufficient for search engine because major search engine only considering ALT tags.
  • Profile picture of the author rosesmark
    rosesmark
    Internet Explorer we can see this ALT text, simply by mousing over the image and looking at the yellow tooltip that appears. Other browsers (correctly) don't do this. The HTML for inserting ALT text is:

    <img src="filename.gif" alt="Alternative description goes here">


    Spacer images should always be assigned null ALT text, or alt="".



    This way most screen readers will completely ignore the image and won't even announce its presence.
  • Profile picture of the author webmedia
    webmedia
    Yes you can use both. If an image is well optimized then it may be possible that image can also rank.

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