I was following along to a twitter chat the other night and couldn’t get too involved as I was at work but the conversation of ALT Tags came up. I thought it was a great opportunity to do a post on it and explain in more detail what they are and how they can help your blog or website.
What is an ‘ALT Tag’?
ALT Tag or Alternative Text is text that shows up in place of an image if the file can not be found. You might have seen this on website before where the image hasn’t loaded and instead you see a blank box with a small cross in the top left hand corner and writing inside this box. The writing that you can see is the ALT Tag.
Should I use ALT Tags?
In short, yes. ALT Tags can add to the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) value of your blog or website so using these can boost your rankings in search engines. This will not shoot you straight up to page one of search engine listings but it’s a good start on SEO.
How do I use an ALT Tag?
If you are using Blogger simply click on the image you have uploaded and select ‘properties’. This will bring up a box with ‘Title Text’ and ‘ALT Text’. Simply write your text into the second box.
If you are adding alt text on a website in HTML simply add alt=”” into your image html like so:
What should my ALT Tag say?
If I had posted an image of a field of flowers I would describe the image in a short, precise sentence. For example ‘Large Field of Pink Roses’. You don’t need to overdo it, just something short and simple with 1 or 2 keywords that describes the image.
ALT Tags really are straightforward and simple enough to do and should only add a few more seconds onto your editing time. So next time you’re about to Publish that post make sure to go back and check you have added an ALT Tag to your image.