I am new to wordpress and have been doing a bunch of research on SEO. I am aware that it is good to use descriptive file names and alt text for your images in order to hopefully get better rankings.
My question is does it make a difference in how well your images are indexed by search engines when pasting them directly into your post versus using a gallery to display them? I like galleries more because I think they look nice and I like the slideshow function.
My concern, and maybe this is unfounded, is that using a gallery will force the search bots to crawl further to get to the file name and alt text information in order to index it and maybe thats not good. What got me thinking about this was that WordPress SEO by Yoast never realizes that I have galleries on these pages and in the "Page Analysis" tab it tells me I need to think about adding pictures to the page even though they are there, just in a gallery. It made me wonder if google and other search engines react differently to pictures being directly in the post vs. the pictures being in a gallery in the post.
Any insight on this subject would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!