Tell Google, and people visually, about the pictures on your blog

This article is about why and how to add keywords and text related to images in your blog posts. This is useful for search engine optimization (SEO), and to make your blog accessible to people using screen-reader software.

Pictures and your blog

Blogger has a Set of tools to put pictures on your blogincluding many options to place images in places or gadgets.

In most cases, the other content in each post provides enough information for Google’s indexing tools to know what the post is about.

But if your blog mainly has pictures, your posts don’t have enough keywords to be indexed properly. And even if image indexing tools do some automatic recognition, a description of a picture written by a human being will almost always be better than one that was created by a computer.

Also, if the visitors of your blog may include people with visual disabilities or others who use screen reader software, then you need to think about how your content will work for them: if the important information is in the images , but not in the text, then you will not be able to get this information anyway.

These are two good reasons to add “alternative text” to your photos – and there may be more.

What’s even better is that Blogger now has a tool to help you do just that.

How to add captions and alt text to photos in Blogger

Add the press to your Post.

In Mode of composition, hover your mouse over the picture. This will display the photo editing toolbar, like this:

Choose the Property option.

This will open a dialog box where you can enter

  • A title – this is shown when a visitor hovers the mouse over the picture
  • Alt text – this is stored in the background, and only shown to people who (for whatever reason) cannot see the picture.

What your readers will see

The people who read your blog online, whether with a standard browser or an RSS feed reader, you won’t see anything different until you hover over the photo. When they passthey will see the text you put in the Title field.

The people who read your blog in his email (because you proposed a email signup option) can display the alt text instead of the image, depending on the setting they have in their email system.

The people who use it screen reader software will have the text you added read to them in the usual way that their software works.

And more importantly, search engines will see the text you addand hopefully use it in indexing your post.

Other Alternatives

The Post and Pages editor also has an Add Caption option in the photo toolbar, although we only recommend using it if you like to edit HTML, because it puts the picture in a table, and so on to move in the post you need to edit. the code, not just drag-and-drop it.


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