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The alt, or title (two ways and some browsers do not show alt) is an area in the code where you should add more details....or a title, for Google, or if the image disappears, for people to see what should have been there. (It will show on the page where the image should be)
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.
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 should 10 or under
<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='texas longhorn being rounded up oil painting' title='texas longhorn being rounded up oil painting' style='border: none;'></a>
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
wow, Abbie, thanks, who knew? I am giving it a whirl
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. :)
But we have no opportunity to change the code when posting a new picture to our FAA account, have we?
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Purloined from the other Abbie thread about images and discussions,
For the last few hours or days, it seems, I've been trying to understand the value of and the reason to do this change in the link that is connected to our images on the FAA site and the Artist Site. People have come out of the wood work to help and “splain” this to me, but to no avail! Until today,when Peggy and Christi and a few others, finally explained this down at my level! It's one of those, “It's so simple a caveman could do it”, (I hope I haven't offended any cavemen or cavewomen,that belong to FAA!)but I still had an issue or two, so I'm gonna “splain” this in “franco”, for all of us folks out there with VCR's still blinking “12:00PM”!
I hope any errors or mistakes will be quickly pointed out and then I'll correct them and have a final “white paper” that can be handed down through the ages. Here goes:
It seems the Goog, doesn't see our images when we post them on threads, without “ALTering” them, and us manually adding better words then what comes out of the uploading process. And as always, all these little characters and dots and things are important, unlike as in life, so we need to pay attention!
So, if you are a person so inclined to jump at these “tweaking” suggestions, here we go.
1. Go to your site and find an image that you want to post. Go down to where you see the link, highlight it, hit control C, or Command C and then paste it to your thread, control V or Command V.
2. In all the mysterious numbers letters,chicken scratch, look towards the end and find ALT=
3. You'll see right after the equal sign, no space and then ' which isn't something on your monitor's screen, but an apostrophe mark and pretty darn important!
4. So after the apostrophe add something like this: 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang by Rich Franco, all the way to the last apostrophe in that section and leave a space before “title” shows up.
5. Almost there. Now after “title=” and keeping the apostrophe, add the same info or more, all the way to the last apostrophe in the group.
This is how mine looks on this black Hertz Mustang:
You're done now! Just finish your thread and hit submit or whatever! The Goog will now see it and make it oh so much more searchable!!!
Here's a suggestion for Sean. If this Alt/Title tag thing is useful and it appears it is, then I would like to see 2 boxes added to the upload page, one would say "Alt" and the other, you got it, "title" there could be a little asterisk saying "optional" if that would help, but this seems like it should be on every image that's uploaded and if so, should be a standard part of the info filled in,when uploading.
Doing each and evry image, AFTER the upload is not efficient and when uploading for an hour or two, any short cuts will be aprreciated,
Wow! I'm so glad that I came back to read all this great info. I didn't even notice this or realize it before either. But does this mean that I now have to go thru each and every image to edit it into the code? ... Yup. I'm with Rich. I sure wish that some little box could be coded-in to make it more automatic for all of us. It will be easy enough to do in the future, but older images will have to be on my own to-do list too.
OK - just one more - I don't want to fill up this marvellous thread with my pictures - but how do we get the text changed without posting our pictures to a discussion thread somewhere? I can't see how to edit it on the normal "edit" page for each picture.
Elaine, as Jane said you are not able to change the text in your standard Edit window for the image. The alt and title text that is added by the website is done automatically (or "automagically" through the wonders of php code) and it rotates through a set of specific phrases that the developer wants to promote.
This thread is intended to help point out that if you use that HTML code from your image Edit screen and you paste it somewhere else (on a blog, or in a forum thread), THEN YOU have the ability to change the alt and title text to help promote the keywords, image title, your name, whatever, since these are read by the search engines.
Thank you Abbie! As I said, by jove I've got it! But is inclusion of the alt and title tag codes universal in other POD's and portfolios? I've looked at artflakes and artrave so far and couldn't find it. (Yes I know to look at "view source"... :)