Can you rank in Google with image alt text?

Filed in Google, SEO by Matt McGee on August 31, 2006 2 Comments

Yes, you can.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=goofy+SEO+photographer

That phrase is the alt text I used in this post from one week ago. Some folks say Google ignores image alt text. Some say Google ignores it unless it’s a linked image. Ignore ’em. (Google does ignore the image “title” attribute: I used “title=daslkdj tksbnfdfkde” on that image, and that phrase comes up empty.)

For the record, both Yahoo and MSN have that post indexed, but both are ignoring the alt text.

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  1. oatmeal says:

    Interesting stuff, this could be useful when targeting misspelled words.

  2. Matt McGee says:

    Yep. misspellings, additional city/town names that are applicable, etc. Already today I’ve found myself adding an extra keyword into my image alt tags on some photos … but still making sure it describes the photo correctly. 🙂 You know, accessibility and all that. No black hat keyword stuffing here! Hehehe….

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