Dear Sitepoint Community,
I have a gallery of 50 photos under the category of “Mustang 1969”.
Now for each image I have this
alt="blue ford mustang 1969"
The only part that’s changing is the first word “blue” which depends on the car.
Is this considered Keyword Stuffing? Will Google penalize my website?
I can’t see a problem with that. If the page is about 1969 Mustangs, and is full of images, it would be reasonable to expect that they are all of the same thing.
Keyword stuffing would be something like
alt="Mustang ford mustang 1969 Ford Mustang blue mustang blue ford mustang". You get the idea.
This article is about writing good alt text, and might be of interest to you: http://webaim.org/techniques/alttext/
A Google video on the same subject:
Thank you for that,
keyword stuffing isnt the best thing, it may be considered as spam, so watch out,
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No. It is not considered a keyword stuffing. you are using it as a requirement in your project not as a promotional purpose.So don’t worry.
@TechnoBear, @info1892, @malwinblaze22 Thank you all for contributing.
Due to the difference in opinions and my inability to find an official resource that address my question, I have came to a decision to leave all
alt attributes empty as in
alt="" for now.
I will see how it plays out in a couple of month, if images start appearing in Google Images search then thats great, if not! i will risk it and add the same
alt for all images.
Thank you all.
NOTE: other ways Google might understand whats the images are about on a certain page are: image title on hover, image file name,
<h1> heading, page title in browser tab, page meta description.
That’s the worst possible option, assuming that your images are actual content, rather than purely decorative. alt=“” tells search engines and browsers that your image is not meaningful content.
The most important role of alt text is as an alternative to the image for those unable to view it, whether because of visual impairment, or because the image fails to load or any other reason. You seem to be making the mistake I see so often here of concentrating on search engines to the detriment of human visitors.
(You might also ask yourself why Google bothers to offer advice on writing good alt text if it is not considered important.)
@TechnoBear They are thumbnails that link to the high-res original image. I have seen the link you sent and the video from Google in the first reply. Advice offered there would benefit me when casually using images within articles.
In my case, I will not be able to provide unique
alt text, and it would have to be the same for most images in one page. Am afraid by doing this Google might penalize my site.
This is my first site that goes live so i tend to think too much about such things.
I will not leave
alt text empty as u suggested. Would like to see how it turns out. Thanks a lot.
Google is not in the business of trying to penalise sites. Its main aim is to provide folk searching with the best possible results to match their search query. If somebody is looking for information about 1969 Ford Mustangs, then a page full of images of them might well be seen as a good match. What it is looking for is sites using unnatural text or other methods with a clear intent to manipulate rankings. If you are behaving honestly, then you have very little to worry about.
If you haven’t already read it, I recommend Google’s “Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide” as a great guide to the dos and don’ts of SEO.
I did not see it from that angle, I still have too much to learn. Really appreciate your effort, thank you @TechnoBear. Yes, few pages are left of Google’s guide, very helpful.