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Image Optimization and different languages

Worth the effort?

     
1:12 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Status: Online store with ~500.000 images and growing. Two different languages.

Plan: Input keywords in every image filename and alt text.

Question: Is it worth the extra effort to translate and rename every image file so every picture would be twice on the server?
1:36 pm on Sept 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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you can only optimize for the language you are using.
how important is the second language?
1:42 pm on Sept 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Contributes about 10-20% revenue which equals 10+ $ millions/ year (only payed traffic so far).
3:07 pm on Oct 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I heard Google employees say that the important part of SEO for images is not the file name but the alt attribute.

And as the alt attribute appears only in the HTML code of the relevant page and not in the file path, it would seem to me that just translating the alt attribute would be enough and most importantly wouldn't oblige you to duplicate all the images.

So if you have a German and an English version, both versions would point to image.jpg, but the tag on the German version would read alt="ein in-house SEO auf der Suche nach einer Lösung" and on the English version it'd read alt="an in-house SEO looking for a solution".

Also mind that Google has repeatedly warned not to do key word stuffing also in image file names and alt tags.

[edited by: seidelbast at 3:58 pm (utc) on Oct 4, 2012]

3:45 pm on Oct 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Also mind that Google has repeatedly warned not to do key word stuffing also in image file names and alt tags.
3:58 pm on Oct 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Leosghost for spotting the typo. Now corrected it in my post.
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You are welcome ..:) didn't want to take the risk that you might not be around for a half hour or so, and thus get back too late to edit..( Mod or admin can tidy up the thread later, if they get the time )
9:41 am on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Leosghost! Sounds reasonable.
I will go for brand-product-name.jpg as filename, should work in both languages.

For alt text I will use:
product-by-brand-category-at-domain.com

Should work I guess.
9:17 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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navigate your site in a text-only browser or with images disabled.
that will tell you immediately how suitable the alt text is.
be sure to specify null alt text where appropriate.