What is Alt Text

What is Alt Text

What is “Alt Text”?

Many don’t know the answer to this question. Alt text is a tag – an essential component for optimising content in search engines. Many websites neglect them because they don’t understand how they work. After reading this article, you should have a good understanding of what alt tags are and how to use them.

Let’s start at the beginning.

The term “alt text” is an abbreviation of alternative text. Whenever you have an image in your text, the alt text describes it.
For instance:

  • A user with a screen reader will hear the alt text of the image
  • A text browser will display the alt text instead of the image
  • A graphics browser will display only the image. It displays the alt text only if the user has configured the browser not to display images, or if the browser was not able to retrieve or to decode the image

An image without an alt text will look like thisWhat is Alt Text

Search engines use algorithms to review the text on your website. Without alt text, they are not able to understand image content. Your images will be considered generic content, thus resulting in lower rankings in search engines.

 

If you were wondering “what is alt text?”, then you should also know about alt title.

An alt title has a pretty self-explanatory name. It gives additional information about your image. It is displayed when your mouse is hovered over a picture.
As it is a title, it should be concise and translate what the image is about. For example, you could also use the alt title to give an indication, or promote your website.

This is an alt title image

Alt tags are essential to ranking your website images and the website itself in search engines.

We hope this article helped you understand the difference and use of alt text and alt title. Let us know in the comments below!
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