If I have 10 photos, is it practical to make English alt attribute for 5 of them and Arabic alt attribute for the other 5 images? In a SEO point of view.

Things to know about my site:

  1. Hand-coded in HTML & CSS, so no CMS or server-side languages.
  2. Main audience are Arabs, buttons in Arabic, no English text on site.
  3. Main content on my site is images (wallpapers).

Will Google be able to direct searches in both languages to my site?


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Google will probably focus on tags hreflang. You say: "Main audience are Arabs". This means that organic traffic from Arab speaking users is possible. The language of the contents of the alt attributes is intended for the same language that is used in the main content of webpage. In addition, the search engines get information for the Long Tail from these attributes. It is also useful to apply for images the attribute title. Therefore, I do not recommend that you apply the content to a attributes of picture in English to the webpage with the main content in Arabic. This can confuse search engines and damage your website - this is my opinion.

  • "This can confuse search engines and damage your website." do you have a reference for this?
    – Steve
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 6:24
  • @Steve 1 This is my guess.
    – user29419
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 7:31
  • then you ought to say so, not make it sound authoritative.
    – Steve
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 10:38
  • Thank you for the input, it seems that there is no one way of doing it. Since the site is intended for Arabic world I will tend to keep it that way without English alt tags for best results.
    – MEGA
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 16:55

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