I use the Yoast plug in and it alerts me if I am on the edge of a black hat issue. My site is about houseplants and I try to post several pictures depicting the plants being described. For some, this might be 12 or more images a post. And they all do directly relate to the keyword phrase, of course. However, if I use the alt desc of the KW phrase, Yoast warns me that it might be too many. The warning is to avoid being penalized by Google ranking. So, I'm wondering if it's best to follow the Yoast guidelines for that and avoid possible penalty, even if it's valid. After all, the ranking is done by an algorithm so it's not like I can explain it to Google.

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JeffreyBrown Premium
Some good answers for you below, Diane! Enjoy your Sunday!

Jeff
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Dorrie1 Premium Plus
Great question just reading comments
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DianeK59 Premium Plus
I hope the responses are helping you, Dorrie. I find the topic interesting!
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Dorrie1 Premium Plus
I love reading the questions so much great stuff I can learn
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DValentine Premium
Hi Diane
What you could do is something Jay (magistudios) taught in one of his Friday webinars.

If you type your keyword first then the vertical separator then a description you won't be penaliized.

So, you could have:
How to water a succulent | Aloe Vera getting soaked as the alt text for 1 of your pics

So, your keyword is "how to water a succulent" and the description of the image is 'Aloe Vera getting soaked'

You'd then keep the 'how to water a succulent' for each pic but vary the text after the vertical separator.
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DianeK59 Premium Plus
I never knew about using the vertical separator like that. Thank you! I will try it.

Thank you!
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42Louise Premium
Hi - Tel me what you think?

I have been using "-", as per Jay's webinar that I saw.

e.g. How to use Pinterest - Canva information.

Maybe "-" and "|" ?

Louise
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DValentine Premium
Hey Louise - now that's a goodie! We've been told so often to not use hyphens/dashes.

To be honest with you, if it works for Jay it'll work for you - having said that it might be a good idea to check the date of his webinar as Google might have moved the goal posts since it was published
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42Louise Premium
Good thinking on the date will do.

Many thanks!
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42Louise Premium
FOUND IT! Jay's Ninja Checklist with the details about the ALT tag from 7 MAR 2020.

Enjoy!

Louise
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DValentine Premium
Yup, that's the one Louise - Mar 2020 means it should still be currently valid then.
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DianeK59 Premium Plus
and now going to read!
Thanks!
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
You definitely need to use ALT tags, as you know :-) But yes, Yoast is correct, you do not want all 12 images to contain exactly the same text. Try different variations of the keyword and make sure that it describes the plant in the picture. I.e. colour, style, type etc (I don't know anything about houseplants, so no idea what the types are called) :-)
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DianeK59 Premium Plus
Thanks, that helps!
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OCH3943 Premium
Are we saying that it helps in ranking to have the keyword in all the images in a post, just that we should have a vertical separator to give it a different desc?
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
That would be keyword stuffing, only add the keyword if it makes sense to include it
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CMacLellan Premium Plus
Interesting subject and something I know nothing about so I am about to learn.
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DianeK59 Premium Plus
If you haven't tried Yoast, you might look at the site. I've used the free version for years--it's enough for most, I think. I do have the paid version on this site and one other, but mostly recommend the free site. It's pretty powerful.
https://yoast.com/ (not an affiliate link)
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Mark1957 Premium
Kyle's training videos recommend installing the All In One SEO plugin so Yoast is a seperate one.
I use yoast and it helps you optimise each post that you write for the search engines by using a traffic light system for various elements and by giving suggestions as what other things can be done to improve a post's chance of ranking highly.
The choice of which SEO plugin to use is entirely personal but you shouldn't have more than one installed on your site so if you have one already but you want to use another then uninstall the first one first.
If you are not an SEO expert and you don't have an SEO plugin installed to help you along (you have to learn how to use it obviously) then you are doing yourself a serious disservice when it comes to trying to rank your posts highly enough in the SERPs (search engine result pages) so that anyone will ever see it.
Ergo, if nobody sees your post they won't read it and if they don't read it they won't buy anything from you.....unless you want to start paying for traffic but that's the inexperienced marketers way to getting flamed!
Mark
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