I was wondering if google can crawl image like this:
<img src="data:image/png;base64..." title="relevant title" alt="relevant alt" />
I found this link that says no: Base64 encoded images and availability of their metadata for Googlebot
But it's been 6 years since that post, and I was wondering if things had changed. I want to provide the best user experience for my users, but not at the cost of my ranking.
In my case I have more than 3 million pages which all have "small" images that I would like to embed/inline to increase initial performance of page load, but also these images are well ranked on images and search, I don't want to loose that.