Images: Missing Alt Text

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Missing Alt Text

Images that have an alt attribute, but are missing alt text.

Images should have descriptive alternative text about its purpose, which helps the blind and visually impaired, and the search engines understand it and its relevance to the web page.

How to Analyse in the SEO Spider

View URLs with this issue in the ‘Images’ tab and ‘Missing Alt Text’ filter, and export all URLs using the ‘Export’ button.

Click the address of the image and then the ‘Image Details’ tab in the lower window pane to view which pages have the image on them, and are missing alt text.

Export them in bulk via ‘Bulk Export > Images > Images Missing Alt Text Inlinks’.

Read our tutorial on ‘How To Find Missing Image Alt Text & Attributes‘.

What Triggers This Issue

This issue is triggered when images on a page have an alt attribute but are missing the alt text.

For example:

<img src="image.jpg" alt="">

How To Fix

Include descriptive alt text for images to help users and the search engines understand them better.

Where possible, decorative images should be provided using CSS background images or alternatively a null (empty) alt text should be provided (alt=””) so that they can be ignored by assistive technologies, such as screen readers.

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