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#1 04-20-2015 03:28:08

ThomasGiannou
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SEO error - Alt description missing from IMG

Bing webmaster tools is saying the Alt description is missing from an IMG.   As near as I can tell the image is a button on the product display.   The code is shown below:

<a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tandjenterprises.com%2FCCPRO%2Findex.php%3Fapp%3Decom%26ns%3Dprodshow%26ref%3Dorganicgardeningkit%26sid%3D8pu6v305i10u5roh3i073eojr2q7x475&media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tandjenterprises.com%2FCCPRO%2Fmedia%2Fecom%2Fprodlg%2FGardenSalesKit_th.jpg&description=Organic+Gardening+Kit+-+one+gal+brewer+version" class="pin-it-button" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="beside"><img border="0" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/PinExt.png" title="Pin It"></a>

The Bing seo audit isn't finding an alt description for the PinExt.png image.  Evidently, all the pages with buttons on them are going to be showing this particular SEO error.

Is this fixable on my end or do we have to wait for the next release to come out?

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#2 04-20-2015 08:30:58

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Re: SEO error - Alt description missing from IMG

This is an issue with Pinterest and how it's pulling on the product detail page.  Way beyond our control, although in the next update we're using a different linking methodology (instead of JS includes) which will prevent this.


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#3 04-20-2015 14:21:19

ThomasGiannou
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Re: SEO error - Alt description missing from IMG

What program has the code in it where I can remove this pinterest.com code?   If this code is in your program, this img source code needs to have an alt description (short and long) added to it.   You can solve this problem by furnishing your own image and the alt descriptions and go out on their url link.    If that code can't be put in place, where can I remove the code so this pinterest situation doesn't cause an seo error on every one of my product pages or on every one of the pages displayed on from the cart where pinterest is currently displayed?   I just want to remove that pinterest link, not the others like facebook, twitter, etc.   If there is just one program that puts pinterest on the various cart pages, we can remove the code or comment it out and get rid of all these seo errors that are happening because there's no alt descriptions on the pinext.png img.

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#4 04-21-2015 06:48:37

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Re: SEO error - Alt description missing from IMG

You'll see what I'm talking about if you take a look at the Pinterest code in {private}/apps/ecom/ECOM/includes/prodshowextras.php.  It's so annoying that we're going to not be using JavaScript for those links any more - just straight up external window loads.


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#5 04-21-2015 09:23:41

ThomasGiannou
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Re: SEO error - Alt description missing from IMG

Nick,  what I did was add alt="Pin It" to the code and the view source then looked like:

<a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tandjenterprises.com%2FCCPRO%2Findex.php%3Fapp%3Decom%26ns%3Dprodshow%26ref%3Dsuregrowdripcleaner%26sid%3Dnvu41f8av9xm72p252i9h1e4x66c4904&media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tandjenterprises.com%2FCCPRO%2Fmedia%2Fecom%2Fprodlg%2FSureGrowDripSystem.jpg&description=Sure+Grow+Drip+Irrigation+System+Cleaner" class="pin-it-button" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="beside"><img border="0" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/PinExt.png" alt="Pin It" title="Pin It"></a>

I changed the program prodshowextras.php line 756 from this:
     print '" class="pin-it-button" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="beside"><img border="0" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/PinExt.png" title="Pin It" /></a>' . $eol;

To this:
     print '" class="pin-it-button" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="beside"><img border="0" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/PinExt.png" alt="Pin It" title="Pin It" /></a>' . $eol;

That seems to have taken care of all the SEO  alt errors noted by Bing webmaster tools on the shopping cart pages.   Those pages now check out with no SEO alt errors.

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#6 04-24-2015 07:12:47

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Re: SEO error - Alt description missing from IMG

Great.  Thanks for the post back.  As I said, we're using a different methodology for it in the next release.


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