How to optimize pages with images only

Hi,

I’m currently working on a web site for a restaurant that most likely will have only images in the front page and I was wondering what would be the best way to add some H1 tags for SEO reasons.

How can I add some content in the main page so search engines properly index my page, will the alt tags be enough?

The reason for the question is because I have heard that H1 headers are the most important of the page but since all text will reside in the alt tags I was wondering if there was a way to add some h1 tags.

Thanks

Bottom line is - DONT DO IT.

Images only, especially on a home page is a HORRIBLE idea.

If you put everything in an <h1>, you might as well put nothing in an <h1>. It’s all relative. <h1> tells search engines (and browsers), that this is the most important bit of the page. If you do that to all of it, you might as well not bother.

I believe that alt text on images that are inside <h1> tags is counted as equal to regular text in <h1> tags, although I wouldn’t stake my life on it.

I’m assuming that you must have some text on there, even if it’s contained in the images. Is there no way you can put it there is actual text over a background image, instead of having the text as part of the image?

ramone_johnny

Bottom line is - DONT DO IT.

Images only, especially on a home page is a HORRIBLE idea

I know but the customer wants something similar to Chilis website.

Stevie D

I’m assuming that you must have some text on there, even if it’s contained in the images. Is there no way you can put it there is actual text over a background image, instead of having the text as part of the image?

Hmm, this may not be a bad idea.

I will try to add some sort of text in the main page.

What would be considered the bare minimum elements or text for good SEO, H1 tag, some text, etc?

What would you do when a customer wants images but he is also looking for good SEO results?

Thanks

What???

H1 tags tell the search engines that this is the TITLE of the content section which helps it better understand what your page is about. They are not used to highlight important content.

Search engines want to see the page title, H1 section title, then sub section titles (H2 etc) followed by content. Then repeat for each content section.

Use image ALT and image TITLE tags to help the SE understand what the images are. You can also use page <title> tags and the other good ole META tags like description and keywords to help the search engines when your page is short on written content.

Thanks a lot for your comments!

Yeah, you’re right – I didn’t phrase that very well. And it’s now too late to edit it :rolleyes:

I wouldnt work with them.

They obviously know nothing about SEO. Its up to you to educate them. If they resist, then politely say …“Thanks, but no thanks”.

Ok, it looks like I need some sort of text if I want to have some SEO results.

How about indenting text -9999px, could this be an option?

Thanks a lot!

If you’re just including text for the benefit of search engines, and you’re hiding it from regular users, that is a very dangerous game – if Google realises what you’re doing, they’ll drop you like hot lead. And remember, Google is pretty smart – do you want to bet your website on being able to outwit them?

Thank you all for your comments! I will just add some text the right way and of course alt tags.

Some intresting links:
10 SEO Rules for Designers
SEO Guide for Designers