This new tool checks images and alt text on a web page to see how well it can be “seen” by search engines.
One Google guidelines states…
Make sure that your title elements and ALT attributes are descriptive and accurate.
My new free image SEO tool lets a user enter a url and check how well images are following the image ALT part of this guideline.
Once you enter a webpage and click “go” this tool will…
- Show the images of that page.
- Display the ALT text associated with each image.
- Notes for each image about how well it is following Google guidelines.
Here is what the tool results looks like…
To check your web page images go to the Image SEO Tool.
How are scores assigned? / How does it know how well the guideline is being followed?
I have seen some tools that tell you if an image has ALT text or not, but I have never encountered a tool that examined the ALT text itself.
So I built this tool which does.
This tools not only sees if ALT text is present, it also examines the ALT text and counts the amount of words contained in that ALT text.
I thought about it, and the amount of words does tell us alot.
Scores are based on the amount of words contained in the ALT text. Here are some examples:
- If an image has no ALT text (o words) then the image is not following the guideline.
- If an image has 100 words in the ALT text it is likely spamming or keyword stuffing
- If an image has only one word it is likely not “descriptive”. The Google guideline states it should be descriptive.
I am creating free SEO tools which help a webmaster determine if they are following the Google webmaster guidelines. This and other new (and old) SEO tools having to do with Google will be on my webmaster tools page on feedthebot.com, so you might want to check that page every once in awhile.
Update: Some people reported bugs, they have been fixed. Specifically:
-some cases where images were being reported as having alt text when they did not was fixed (this was happening when people used alt=”" )
-dashes and characters are no longer counted as a word (in fact one letter words are not being counted either)
- I changed some of the conditions so that it is more acceptable to show more words (I went up to 15 words before giving a red “x” and saying “could be seen as spam”)