The Importance of Alt Text, Image Titles, and Image Descriptions


A great post on the importance of image titles from Mae Clair and the StoryEmpire blog.

Story Empire

Hello, SEers! It’s great to have you drop by and hang out for a while. Because I’m a visual person, I want to chat about images today—all those lovely pictures we share on our blogs. This isn’t about copyright, making sure your images are royalty free, or obtained through a stock site. That’s another post for another day and I think most of us know displaying work on your blog you don’t own (especially without proper attribution) can set you up for headaches, even lawsuits. Harmony Kent recently shared Public Domain practices and sources you might find helpful.

What I want to address are three elements you should be adding to every image:
Image Title
Alt (or alternate) Text
Image Description

Adding these items allows search engines to easily find and index content. As an example, Google places a higher rank on images with Alt Text than those without. If…

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Writing a Novel – The Four Steps I Use


Don Mazzenzio shares an interesting post on mind mapping.

Author Don Massenzio

I am on the verge of publishing novels seven and eight of my writing career. I wouldn’t say that I’m anything close to being an expert, but I decided to use my Hurricane Irma downtime to look back on the books I’ve written and the process that I followed.

1-ideaStep 1 – The Premise

The premise is just a general idea of what a book will be about. I’m going to use my second novel, Let Me Be Frank, as the example for this post.

The premise for this book was simple. I had just binge watched the 1970s television show, Columbo, and I was intrigued by the structure of most of the episodes. The show almost always started with a murder and very often showed the murderer and the method used to do in the victim. It was then up to Lieutenant Columbo to solve the case and…

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