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Re: image alt text - spam?
From Jeff S on 6 Dec '00
replying to image alt text - spam? posted by Rocky

>My company is building a site for graphic designers to shop for and download hi-rez photos. There's not much room for bunches of text. There are 20 thumbnail images representing photo categories ("animals", "people" etc.), along with text labels above each. I am contemplating adding the alternate text attribute to each thumbnail, as in:
>alt="photos of animals"
>That would be twenty instances of "photos of" in alt text.
>Do you think that anyone's robot is interpreting this kind of thing as spam?
>The only other place we are putting relevant text is at the bottom and there's not much room:
>We are a full service stock photography agency. If you prefer to <br>
>do business the old fashion way, feel free to <b>~PHONE~</b> us at 800-544-0385,
>or <b>~FAX~</b> at 703-998-8407 for your photo research needs.
><font size="1">
>Copyright 2000 <a href="mailto:****@****.com/.net">Photri</a> All Rights Reserved.</font></p>
><p align="center"></p>
>I'm pasting the meta tags here too for your thoughtful inspection. Thanks!
><TITLE>PHOTRI Searchable Stock Photos collection w/ full e-commerce</TITLE>
><META NAME="description" CONTENT="Stock Photographs - all subjects available. Including Space, Military, and Washington DC. Shoppable here online or the old fashioned way: 800-544-0385">
><META Name="Keywords" Content="ordering stock photos online, stock photographs via ecommerce e-commerce, stock photography agancies agency, medium and high resolution picture library, picture research agency, photography, space images, space photos, historic military images, people pictures online or offline, washington dc, astronomy, nasa space program, publishing, advertising, graphic design, graphic arts, textbook production, corporate interior design">

Build a better web page and THEY will come. Forget what SE's are
supposedly doing at the moment. My site is ranked incredibly high
in AV currently, and we just have a good site without tricks.

One thing you need to keep in mind is that several SEs also can search
for graphics, photos and even audio files within websites. You can
search for photos in Alta Vista. They probably use the file name
to know what's in a picture and I've heard the surrounding text may
play some role. For example, the text may say, "Here is a picture of
George Washington."

If you have a photo of him, I'd call it georgewashington.jpg .

Are you suggesting you may be banned for spam? No likely at all.
Many good sites legitimately repeat words often. Its possible some
engine may ignore a word after so many uses. But banning is something
that probably occurs very rarely.

One more thing: in general the web strongly favors alt text for the
handicapped and for browsers with little graphic ability. If you use
alt tag, the SE may figure you have a better site than one that

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