I would be grateful if someone could tell me whether placing a keyword in the image <alt> tags helps ranking for for that keyword on AlltheWeb? If so do you think repeating the keyword would incur penalties?
I would appreciate any insight anyone has on this!
I've seen a page that has about 16 product photos of the same item in different styles - like silk widgets, burlap widgets, linen widgets, etc. Each of the alt tags has the corresponding phrase, which is technically accurate but doesn't really look right being that repetitious. That can happen a lot with product dislay pages, and even with graphics sites displaying thumbnail images. Any thoughts on whether that could create problems?
I would be grateful if someone could tell me whether placing a keyword in the image <alt> tags helps ranking for for that keyword on AlltheWeb?
In my opinion it is very important to do this. I cannot prove that it helps in the ranking but if I had to bet on it I would say that it does. Do a search on your keyword(s) and then look at the 'Multimedia Results' 'X Pictures found'. Look at the top 9 in detail and I would be very surprised if you find any without the keyword in the <alt> tag.