images ALT tag problem...

  • ArtphotoasiA
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hello there... hope can you help me on this… probably is an old issue but still not clear to me.

I got this message from a toll I use for optimize a page doing SEO

Your keyword frequency in ALT image attributes is too high! Your keyword shouldn't appear more than 3 times in ALTs on your page while it appears 8 times. Remove redundant occurrences of your keyword for ALTs with your favorite HTML editor. Make sure to avoide immediate keyword repetitions in ALT image attributes as this may be considered spam.

The message is quite clear… but not sure if is true not how to solve my trouble.

My situation is the following one:

(1) For me is quite important the use of ALT because in those pages I have few or no text at all as the content is the images themselves….

(2) Normally I have a page with 20 (or more) thumbnails and so 20 (or more) alt tags all linked to 20 (or more) bigger images...

(3) Suppose that all the images of my album are related to 'Rome' ... in all the alt tag there will be/should be something like ''photo of... in 'Rome' " ???

(4) Final results.... 20 alt tag and 20 times Rome as keyword.


QUESTIONS

Many people suggest correctly to insert in the alt tag the description of the image... and in the description should be useful to insert the keyword you want to achieve position for.... what and where is the limit? Can arm my website?

Actually the error I got from the toll make sense... but what is the best alternative?

In case of a page with an album of 20 (or more) images or more on it what is the best way?

Just use the main keyword in the first 3 alt tag of images? then skip for the rest of them? What else?



At the present time I noted no problems at all with yahoo but in Google the position is far far away.....
Hope to see good reply and solution …

Regards and thank you in advance.
  • ArtphotoasiA
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Ok here we have the definitive answer... from google webmaster tool itself.... just got it...


The alt attribute is used to describe the contents of an image file. It's important for several reasons:

* It provides Google with useful information about the subject matter of the image. We use this information to help determine the best image to return for a user's query.
* Many people-for example, users with visual impairments, or people using screen readers or who have low-bandwidth connections-may not be able to see images on web pages. Descriptive alt text provides these users with important information.


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