Does Google still need text to understand my site?

I have removed a lot of text from my site and replaced it with images. My bounce rate has dropped considerably, conversions and time on site are up. Will Goo…
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17 thoughts on “Does Google still need text to understand my site?

  1. Great question? Seriously Matt, how is that a great question? It’s about as bad a question as asking if Google still need bytes. lol

  2. From my point of view – this was a great answer to the wrong question :-). i believe the original question was regarding the ability of google to understand the content of a page, based no on OCR, but on image context. can google crawl a page full of cat images, and understand that its topic is related to cats?

  3. one problem with Google webfont is that there’s not a single one supporting unicode symbols, for math, smiley, dingbats, tech symbols, etc. ↹ ⌫ ⌘ ✉ ★ ✡ ☭ ☯ ☢. Over the years, OS and browsers support more and more, but one can’t use Google font to solve this.

  4. Chouette question et réponse oui, pour une grande majorité du public en fait 🙂 On a traduit la réponse de Matt intégralement en français sur notre site (LLiseil Web)

  5. But why would you do that and not just ad Alt text to the images. You could include exactly the same text as you throw off the page anyway.

  6. From Google’s Webmaster Guidelines: “Try to use text instead of images to display important names, content, or links. The Google crawler doesn’t recognize text contained in images. If you must use images for textual content, consider using the “ALT” attribute to include a few words of descriptive text.”

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