The text inserted as a photo caption ends up being the Alt Tag, too. This is horrible. What it means is that viewers who cannot see the images (due to slow-load, device, or vision handicaps) end up reading the same text twice. That is a horrible user experience as well as a duplicate content issue for pages with many images.
Also, the Alt Tag and caption are for two different purposes. The Alt Tag describes what is in the image and helps search engines find photos for image searches. The caption relates the photo to the content of the page and should encourage a viewer's interest in the article.
When will HP add a different option to fill in a real Alt Tag? I asked about this months ago when Paul E. was looking for suggestions to increase Google traffic and never got an answer. Have you noticed that since the last Panda data refresh, new Hubs with many photos are taking longer to rank? After seven years, is anyone on the team working on this issue?
I didn't notice this until you mentioned it. You're correct - the Alt tag should be a simple description of the graphic image. I'd like to see HP add a box within the capsule we can fill in the text we want to appear in the Alt tag.
It's a mystery to me why HubPages has never implemented this simple addition. Every blog has had Alt tags for years.
Sounds like a great idea Writer Fox. We forget that some cannot see the photos we post.
Will the HP team discuss this in the Thursday meeting tomorrow and give us some feedback?
We've had this in the backlog of things to consider for years.
It's a good suggestion, but trickier to implement than it might sound. Very few users know the difference between an alt tag and the caption. We haven't done it because the hubtool is pretty advanced as it is and each additional field requires spam prevention as well. When used properly, this will help image search some, however, Google image search has gone through several iterations and now shows the full size image in the results. Some have suggested that all images get blocked from getting indexed until this changes.
I wouldn't worry about duplicate content like this on a content rich page.
We are working on a way to see what are the most popular requests from the community to see what we should prioritize. Perhaps this will come out high.
Thank you for responding. I vote for making this a high priority.
Pixabay recently had a couple of interesting posts on their blog about this. They've seen a huge drop in traffic since Google Images made that change and clearly, they can't just block all images or they'd be out of business!
They came up with a solution which creates a message across the top of the image when viewed in Google Images, which forces people to visit their site to view the original version. It doesn't sound like it's been a complete success - but if they continue to share their efforts on their blog, then it could be well worth HubPages keeping an eye on their attempts.
http://pixabay.com/en/blog/posts/an-upd … ion-fo-41/
Just to clarify - the heading refers to "watermarks" but they are NOT watermarking their images on their site. The watermark message appears only when someone is viewing the image on Google Images.
It's interesting that putting five-year-old forum threads at the bottom of each forum page was considered more important than implementing Alt Tags, which Google recommends.
by ologsinquito2 years ago
Over the last few days, I took Writer Fox's suggestion and began using Alt Tags on some of my photos. (I would have done this sooner, but I focused my efforts elsewhere when there were technical difficulties.) Very...
by Catherine Giordano2 years ago
I have seen comments that say picture should have a alt tag. How do I put an alt tag on a picture?
by Will Apse10 months ago
Picture captions, alt tags and image attribution are a mess on HP.Why not introduce a new capsule solely for captions and attribution, entirely separate from the picture and its alt tag?When a hubber uploads a picture,...
by soulfully3 years ago
First you find an image online you might like to use in an article. Save it to your computer and rename it using keywords. Upload it. Then add an image title and caption. Assuming you use keywords for all of that, would...
by Edweirdo6 years ago
I'm pretty new at this, so I can really only gauge my hubs' performance against one another!This one is one of my earliest hubs, yet it has fewer views than ones that I've published just a few days...
by GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA3 years ago
I read that adding Alt attributes to your images increases page rank. But, my browser doesn't allows to edit page source. Any other way?
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