Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm noticing that images we have associated with a particular keyword-- for which we rank at the top for a regular search-- are not showing in the results for a Google image search. I'm wondering if this has to do with the fact that I'm loading images into a jquery slider via the data-image attribute to allow for lazy-loading-- and consequently there aren't width, height or alt attributes associated with the images as with a typical <img> tag.

Thus, I have two related questions: (1) does Google have issues-- or perhaps have a "bias" against-- indexing images loaded this way? (2) if so, is there a way I can optimize the image loading without having to resort to using <img> tags? Or perhaps I could include regular <img> links within <noscript> tags specifically for Google to reference?

Thanks for any insight here.

share|improve this question
  1. Yes. Google's crawlers will value a straight img tag rather than one that is inside of JS or jQuery. Crawlers couldn't understand JS just a few years ago.
  2. Can you incorporate meta elements with your images without messing up your JS/jQ? There is an imageObject schema.org markup.
  3. Manually crawl your site. Are the images getting picked up? If they are, submit an image sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.
share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.