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Isabella F Abbie Shores

1 Year Ago

Alt And Title Tags

REASON FOR ALT AND TITLE

Search engines can not read an image, they only read words. On each site you place the image it may have a special category or subject that you wish the image to be found under. eg you add an abstract to three forums on three specialist sites about different things. On each site you would add the specialist word for the search engine to know that is an image about............(?)

Or, you have a dog and you want the search engine to know its a dog of a certain breed.
Or a landscape needs a place name

etc

You add a descriptive (under 10 words) piece.

eg dog print for sale German Shepherd

The search engine then knows that is a dog, a print, a print for sale, and a german shepherd

It is up to you to change alt and title tags. No site does this for you. They may be different per site you are adding to, and they are only put in as you paste them to that site you are sharing on. You cannot save the changes here on your profile page

HOW TO USE

Look at your code for the images you paste in here. In it you can see

alt='Sell Art Online' title='Sell Art Online'

See there are two there, both alt and title (for different browsers)

You should change those to something like

alt='gothic lace photo by Isabella Shores' title='gothic lace photo by Isabella Shores'

The reason you use both is that some browsers see alt tags and some only see title tags.

The words should 10 or under

1. Grab the link code on your image page



2. Paste somewhere you want it, or to notepad

Which will look something like this

<a href='http://fineartamerica.com/featured/roundup-isabella-f-abbie-shores.html' size='20'><img src='http://fineartamerica.com/displayartwork.html?id=9463259&width=250&height=199' alt='Art Prints' title='Art Prints' style='border: none;'></a>

In it you can see

alt='Art Prints' title='Art Prints'

See there are two there, both alt and title (for different browsers)

On this image I change it to

alt='texas longhorn being rounded up oil painting' title='texas longhorn being rounded up oil painting'

The words must be 10 or under as search engines will ignore the others over 10

texas longhorn being rounded up oil painting

which will give you

texas longhorn being rounded up oil painting

RECAP

alt and title tags are for other sites you share your work to
They are the description of that image for a blind person........ ie search engines who cannot 'see' the image
You add them per site and can change them at whim
they are very important
You need both, alt AND title as some browsers read the alt and some read the title

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Melissa Bittinger

1 Year Ago

Bet I'm not the only one who didn't know this! Okay, I'll practice.....NOW! Have to be careful to stay inside the ' ' Here's what I put in place.....dream shadows digital art by melissa bittinger and lavender sea digital painting by melissa bittinger

 

Melissa Bittinger

1 Year Ago

That didn't work!

 

Melissa Bittinger

1 Year Ago

dream shadows digital art by melissa bittinger

try again....HA, got it, must of deleted a character the first time
Thanks Abbie

 

I forgot to say, do not use any characters in alt and title tags, only numbers or letters

It should work

Grab the whole image code and pop it here

Change your tags

Submit

Hoover your mouse over the image and your alt or title will show

 

Cool

 

Melissa Bittinger

1 Year Ago

cool, I didn't know about the hovering, it shows the title. Yeah, one more computer skill learned. Now I want to know how to put things in bold and italics in discussion threads?

edit: I'll have to check back later, it's almost 4am again! and I'm here instead of in bed....I'll pay for it later too, boo.

 

http://1stangel.co.uk/fineartamerica

Lots of tutorials there

See under discussions

You can practise here

 

wow, Abbie, thanks, who knew? I am giving it a whirl

Innocence Drawing by Anita Dale Livaditis

And so as not to bore Abbie, this was drawn impromptu with my touchpad while I was sitting on the sofa with my laptop, and I saw Innocence, one of my cats, lying in front of me, and thought her shape was so cute I decided to draw it. I later developed it further and put in my morning coffee and added color. I uploaded that one a while back but when going through my files, I saw this one again and really liked just the simple black and white drawing, so I uploaded it, too.






Edit - Cool, it worked! I hope that wasn't TMI Abbie. :)



 

Roy Erickson

1 Year Ago

I hate being slow - I just now figured out wth you were talking about. LOL

 

I know! Me, too! So slow!!!

 

Not TMI at ALL and THAT is what people should be doing when they add posts!!!!!

I love that sketch/line drawing/doodle

 

Abbie, sha! Thank you!!!!

You are right, it would make it more interesting. I hope people start doing it.

That way, even if someone's art is not one's cup of tea, one might give it a second look, and not just scroll by.

 

Absolutely :)

 

Andrew Read

1 Year Ago

Still puzzled.com but then Thursdays are the slowest day for my brain :D

 

LOL Hover over the two images in the thread....
see the writing? That is what you add to your images in the alt/title tags

Well, not what THEY have written LOL

Here is an example of what is put if the image is not there (hopefully it will show up in the forum)

this image has been deleted on its server

Ok it is not showing the words, which it would on some places but, if you hover at least you can still see what it says so normally your name would be there and the title of the image.

That means search engines (who do not actually 'see' your images), would see that instead so, it does not matter if the image is removed etc, your name and the image name is still out there



 

Mike Savad

1 Year Ago

to be honest up till this point i didn't even notice it was there. but now that i do...


---Mike Savad

 

Tom Druin

1 Year Ago

tea coffee cake by tom druin edit-interesting codes for me are like a foreign language.

 

Peggy Collins

1 Year Ago

Aha, how cool is that? Thanks for sharing this information, Abbie!

 

I should have brought it up before, to be honest but, you know what it is when you know something and do not even think that others do not. I have to thank Dan and Robert for reminding me

 

E B Schmidt

1 Year Ago

Took me several reads to get what you were saying. Testing to see if I get this...

Hairy Water Clover by EB Schmidt

EDIT: It worked. Cool! Thanks Abbie!

 

KAREN WILES

1 Year Ago

I am totally lost here...can someone help me out? Got in on discussion late and don't have a clue...

 

Barbara Griffin

1 Year Ago

Desiderata Watercolor Abstract by Barbara Griffin

Thanks for the info Abbie! Nice to know!

 

E B Schmidt

1 Year Ago

Karen - post an image in this discussion, but before you submit it, carefully look at the code and you'll see what Abbie is talking about.

 

Well done everyone !!

By Jove, I think they've got it!

Karen, it is fully explained in the top post. It is any image code you use from anywhere but we are talking about your image code next to the images

 

Alexander Senin

1 Year Ago

But we have no opportunity to change the code when posting a new picture to our FAA account, have we?

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Maggie Vlazny

4 Months Ago

THANK you Christine! I'm on a mac using their notepad and hopefully that's the problem. Will try it in the morning!

 

Maggie Vlazny

4 Months Ago

I got notepad- one last try before sleep

collage pink petunias

 

Christine Till

4 Months Ago


Yeah!!!!!!!!
Good night.:-)

 

Maggie Vlazny

4 Months Ago

It worked Christine, it worked! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Boy, I sure do have a lot of work ahead of me in terms of revision. THANK you for the loan of your generous time and brain!!!

 

Christine Till

4 Months Ago


Ahhh, now you make me blush.
You're very welcome. Sleep well.

 

Maggie Vlazny

4 Months Ago

philadelphia zoo balloon ride

BINGO!

 

Maggie Vlazny

4 Months Ago

OK - so is there anyplace else we can use this code besides FAA threads and our blogs?

 

Christine Till

4 Months Ago


Images are pictures (.jpg, .gif, and so on), and as of now search engines, e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo, are still extremely limited in 'reading' pictures, they can only read text.
So where ever you post your photos (e.g. on blogs OUTSIDE of FAA/Pixels), if you have the option or a chance, ALWAYS add ALT AND TITLE tags to them to give your images a chance to be found and listed by Search engines.

 

Maggie Vlazny

4 Months Ago

OK! You're the best, Christine Till!

 

Fran Riley

3 Months Ago

Bump^^^^

 

Mark Papke

3 Months Ago

Lake Ontario sunset photo by Mark Papke

Let's see if this works.

 

Mark Papke

3 Months Ago

AHA! So we should do this whenever we post an image.

 

Bamalam Photography

1 Month Ago

Blue eyed kitten by Bamalam Photography

 

Bamalam Photography

1 Month Ago

Wish I'd found this discussion earlier! Very useful.

 

Roy Pedersen

1 Month Ago

Just a test
Christmas card by Roy Pedersen

 

Roy Pedersen

1 Month Ago

Ok.Like a few others I was a bit slow on the uptake of this but I have got it to work posting here.
The question now is how do I make the change if I was uploading an image to twitter or google +

 

You cannot as you are adding just the image or direct link... With those you make sure to use hashtags

 

Elena Nosyreva

1 Month Ago

Venus mixed media collage by Elena Nosyreva

 

Elena Nosyreva

1 Month Ago

It worked!

 

lancaster chester railroad santa train joe hinson

Finally got around to taking thefive minutes it took to understand what this meant! Thanks, Abbie!

 

David Bridburg

1 Month Ago

Into The Night by David Bridburg

Lets hope I have it.

Dave

 

David Bridburg

1 Month Ago

Into The Night by David Bridburg

I have been scratching my head for hours. There is no "submit" button. But once the image tagging is loaded it is stored and the old half baked "print for sale" or whatever comes back into place. Yet when I put the mouse over the image things are good to go.

Thanks Abbie,

Dave

 

David Bridburg

1 Month Ago

Art Prints

Now this one will not work because there is no submit button that I know of on the front page.

Under edit there is no code to copy to notepad. Yes there is a submit button under edit. Do I stick
this line of code with the correct tags into the description on the edit page? Under the edit functions
in both the FAA profile and the AW I have no window for the updated code to submit.

Dave

 

David Bridburg

1 Month Ago

Abbie,

I guess the fix is not meant to be permanent. The images I have up on my pages are labeled regardless of
this HTML fix.

I guess this is just code for us to work over when we want to transport the image to another place outside
of our pages. So the fix is not permanent.

But suggestions to add the title to the keywords for Google to pick up are smart.

Am I missing anything? I donno.

Dave

 

David Bridburg

1 Month Ago

Abbie,

With Twitter hashtags? I understand that is for their search system, but where? Right after posting a link add the hashtags?

I will try it now. No luck, no edit controls.

Dave

 

Hi Dave..... The alt and title are purely for when you share your work on html areas. Like here, or on other sites that accept the alt and title areas

Hashtags you only add to areas that do not accept the code on social media...

On Twitter, Instagram, facebook, G+

 

Jane Ford

24 Days Ago

Thanks for the tip! I never knew about it.

 

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