ALT tags are not as effective as they used to be when it comes to improving your search engine rankings. At the same time, it is a good practice to define an ALT tag for each and every image you post in your articles. While you don’t want to spam the search engines, adding a descriptive ALT tag would not hurt.
What if you have thousands of articles on your website with thousands of images that are not optimized for the search engines. Going through all your images and adding ALT tags one by one can take a lot of time. SEO Friendly Images automatically adds ALT tags to your images so you don’t have to.Â
SEO Friendly Images gives you the option to define what your ALT Tags should be. You can choose to use the name of the image, the title of your post, or tags for your articles for your ALT Tags. You can also add title attributes to your images (though they are not as useful as they used to be for SEO).
You do want to make sure you do not go overboard with your image optimizations. There is a difference between adding a descriptive ALT tags to your images and spamming the search engines by stuffing keywords in your images’ ALT and TITLE attributes. By using this plugin, you have the option to not override WordPress default values (you may have to sometimes).
Those of you who use images heavily on your website are going to find this plugin very useful. It has a simple options page and does what it promises. Watch out for plugin conflicts though.