How to add alt text to images in your WordPress blog

In my step by step guide, I show you how to add alt text to images on your WordPress website.

Alt text is important for your site because it helps search engines, like Google and Bing, understand the image content.

When I started blogging, I felt so overwhelmed with all the things I had to do to keep my site SEO friendly. SEO means formatting blog posts so they are easy to read for search engine robots.

In the beginning, you are learning more than doing. As your skill level increases, you are doing more than learning.

By the end of this post, you will know how to add alt text to your images in WordPress.

Let’s start.

What is alt text?

Alt text is the text that appears on a webpage when an image doesn’t load. If your user has a slow internet connection, the alt text displays until the image loads.

Alt text is also important for search engines. The robots they use to scan your website can’t see images only text. The alt text helps Google and Bing understand the content and purpose of your image.

How to add alt text to images in your media library

If you have already uploaded images to your blog and want to add alt text to them, this is how.

First, click on ‘Media’ on your WordPress admin menu.

Select media from the menu

This takes you to the images you have uploaded to your WordPress blog.

Once in the media library, hover your mouse over an image and select ‘Edit’.

Select edit from below the image

On the next page, I recommend you add details to the image title and alternative text (alt text) section.

Image title is above the image, alt text is below the image. Once you have completed adding the details, select ‘Update’ on the right.

Add you details and select update

The title and alt tag are set for the image.

How to add alt text to images you are uploading to your blog post

When you are writing a blog post and want to add an image, you create an ‘Image’ block and select ‘Upload’ to choose your picture.

Upload an image to WordPress

Once uploaded, open the ‘Replace’ drop-down menu, and select ‘Open Media Library’.

Open media library

On the right-hand side, you have an area to enter your alt text and image title. Once completed, click on ‘Select’.

Add alt text and image title

Now this image is complete.

How to check if images in your post have alt text

If you have just finished writing your post and want to check if your images have alt text, then click on the image in your post.

If you have added alt text, the text will show on the right. Images with no alt text will show no text.

Here is an image with alt text.

Image with alt text

Here is an image without alt text. The box is blank.

Image without alt text

Images with a blank box, open the ‘Replace’ tab, and select ‘Open Media Library’. Complete the sections then click on ‘Select’.

How to add alt text to images from the Amazon site stripe

If you an Amazon affiliate, you can’t download images from Amazon to use on your blog. You can use the Amazon site stripe to get image HTML code for your blog.

To learn how to use the Amazon site stripe, check out my ‘How to add Amazon affiliate links to WordPress’ post.

To add an image from the Amazon Site Stripe, create a ‘Custom HTML’ block.

Create a custom HTML block

Paste the image HTML code you got from the Amazon Site Stripe into the block.

Paste image HTMl code into the block

Next, click on the three in the toolbar and select ‘Convert to blocks’.

Convert to blocks

Once the block is converted, there is an option to add alt text to the image on the right.

Add alt text option

Adding alt text to an image video tutorial

Alt text to images in WordPress - How to guide using new editor
Watch this video on YouTube.


Now you can add alt text to all your images on your WordPress blog. Alt text is short for ‘Alternative text’, which helps with your SEO.

SEO is what you need to do to get Google and Bing to like your site. If they understand your content, then they will get better at matching searchers with your blog posts.

Google and Bing bots can’t see images, only text. Adding this text to your images ensures the bots index your content and images correctly.

It is all the little details that go together to help you get ranked in Google and Bing.

Before you go to add alt text to your images, would you kindly spare one minute to leave a comment? Let me know if I helped you with my post. I love reading feedback and answering questions.

I look forward to reading your comments.

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