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    Hey guys. I noticed on some sites that there was alternate text on random images. Like if they had an image to make a rounded corner, they would make alt text on it with on or more of their keywords. Is this a good idea? Has anyone heard of this?

    I guess my big thing is that I want to know if google or other search engines would catch on and blacklist you for it. It doesn't seem like they could.

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    I believe you should have alt text for your main images - basically the purpose of alt text is so that someone who is visually impaired can read about the image with their screen browser.
    I put keywords in a "natural" fashion into the alt text of major images without being too spammy; formatting images (eg rounded corners, top bar, left column etc) have keywords in the urls (keyword-images/keyword-top.gif) but I don't spam and put keywords into the alt text of these images.
    I would be wary about putting keywords into every alt text - you may not get blacklisted as such, but you might get penalised??

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    you should always have alt text... if for no other reason than to make your site accessible to everyone... but that said Google has even stated that Googlebot considers those tags into your page rank score... how much is up for debate but 1 is better than none right? But dont do as jj1 has said and spam your keywords in there... do it in a natural fashion, if that happens to contain your keywords or keyphrases then great...

    by the way, i tend to believe that a google image search tends to take the alt tag into account at some point
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    But dont do as jj1 has said and spam your keywords in there
    I have NEVER said to spam your keywords into alt text. In fact what I said (2 posts above) was:
    I put keywords in a "natural" fashion into the alt text of major images without being too spammy ... I would be wary about putting keywords into every alt text - you may not get blacklisted as such, but you might get penalised??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jj1
    I have NEVER said to spam your keywords into alt text. In fact what I said (2 posts above) was:
    I know, I was agreeing with you that you may get penalized if you OVER do it. I understood your post... Maybe I could have worded mine better... I was agreeing with you.
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    Gingabox - many thanks. Sorry - I think I misread your post and reacted a bit defensively. As you said, we were both saying much the same thing.

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    Would also agree with those. For corner images i put alt="" , this passes validation.
    Now, for your main images or images that make up your content, you SHOULD use alt text, but for layout images such a little corners just use a blank alt. I doubt screen readers want to see

    This is a corner Image

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    Thats not a good way using alt, it would just lead to keyword stuffing it isn't good for search engines(they hate it)... you should use it on proper images which the users really wanted to know(mainly, images that is described in the post or content)...

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    what would you suggest for an image that is part of your layout?
    Example: rounded corner-making images (for lack of a better term)

    my rounded corner technique is

    <div class="roundtop"><img src="tl.jpg" alt=""/></div>

    .roundTop{background: url('tr.jpg') top right no-repeat;}
    any alternative to this?


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