When it comes to SEO, even the small details matter. You want your website to perform in it's best in Google searches, and to do this; you must make sure that you have taken all the steps needed in building up a great SEO structure. For all the fans of classic movies we can refer to the speech of the great Al Pacino in "One given Sunday" and periphrases it a little bit:
"You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is SEO.
Because in either
life or SEO
The margin for error is so small.
I mean one link too little and
you don't quite make it.
One word too much or too little
and you don't quite rank it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in every media file of the website, every image, and picture."
One of the essential things regarding good website ranking is the adding of alt text in the images in your website. This can be challenging stuff for management if you don't have the right tools. This is why in this article we have outlined for you three plugins that will help you manage this process. However, since some of you might be new to the SEO let us start with the basics and answer the question.
What is Image ALT attribute?
Back in the day the image ALT attribute wаѕ introduced for accessibility rеаѕоnѕ - people wanted tо mаkе іt еаѕiеr fоr ѕсrееn rеаdеrѕ. This is a version of a web browser that reads out loud the content of a website page to visually impaired internet users. These visitors to a web page are not able to see the image, and it was required a text describing the image. ALT is in short for "alternative text."
And the next thing we are going to explain is the
Image TITLE attribute
Thе TITLE attribute (оr univеrѕаl attribute) is a little pop-up that gives the reader of the article/visitor of the website context for the specific image. This happens when the cursor of the mouse is placed over the visual and is there for a short period. Please don't confuse this with meta title (they explain the content of the entire web page). The title attribute also matters for SEO but not so much as ALT attributes. We believe that there are lots of benefits of adding images to your articles - not just for SEO, but for better reader's experience.
What is the importance of thе titlе аttributе and the ALT аttributеѕ and how to manage them?
Now we are on point and know that title attributes provide information when the user puts the cursor on them and that ALT attributes tell the visitors of the web page what the image is all about. A lot of people miss out on these essential aspects of SEO building and the ones that do face challenges with image ALT attribute management. In the text below, you can find three painkillers for this issue in the form of selected plugins:
Update Image Tag Alt Attribute
The name says it all. This is a plugin that updates all the ALT and title attributes that are empty related to the text from different pages. The good part, it updates your empty alt tags. The bad parts: the list it generates isn't clickable so you still have to go search for the images to tweak their content, the alt tags often have spaces removed. There is a funny Bulgarian saying about this - you don't look at the teeth of the horse that has been given to you as a gift.
Auto image alt text (Alt tag, Alt attribute) optimizer for Google images – SEO booster + WooCommerce
Work faster, better, smarter, etc. Probably the best thing about it that it is supported in 6 languages. This plugin automatically adds the text to your images from page/article/product titles (with Woocommerce for online store) or Yoast’s Focus Keywords, separately or combined (depending on your needs). This plugin can save you time and boost SEO but in some cases it can break your website pages or images and that can cause you a lot of problems. It is not “one size fits all needs” solution.
Orbiѕiuѕ Mеdіа Property Editоr
The best solution (in our experience) is the paid one and not just because we made it :). With this plugin you can easily and quickly update:
Alt attributes, Title/caption, Filenames other ALT attributes essential for SEO one by one or in bulk.
By using this software, you can improve the SEO of your website and make it more accessible. It updates fast, and what I love about it that you can update everything in Google Docs and upload it like this to the modified file. And it has regular updates (not like the previous ones). Of course, this comes at a price, but we believe that it is worth it. The poor management of the ALT attributes of your website images can cost you a lot more in time.