Saturday, October 30, 2010

3 Ways To Get Traffic From Google Image Search

Almost all blogger will upload pictures in every entries and it maybe from their own pictures or images from search engine and trying to make blog looks more interesting thus more traffic to the blog. But, do you guys know that we also can get more traffic to our blog from Google Image Search. So, here are the 3 ways to do when adding images to our blog using SEO (search engine optimizing).


1. Give a proper filename to your picture.
Leaving your photos or graphic images untitled is just not good... IMG.00543 doesn't mean anything even if the picture is one of the greatest mountain landscapes ever caught on a DSLR camera.

What you can do instead is give a relevant, keyword rich filename to your images. Keep the filenames as short as possible (up to 5 words) and think about the words you'll use if you'd like to find such a picture in the image search results - use those words in the filename.

Example: climbing-free-solo-el-capitan.jpg or mountain-bike-vector-t-shirt-print.png

You don't have to use hyphens between words, you can leave blank spaces without any loss in terms of SEO. Remember that using underscores (like_this) is interpreted as though the whole title is a single word. However, you'll find images in the search results that have their filename words linked with underscores so the sigle word thing doesn't always apply.

2. Use the alt tag in the HTML code of the picture.
The alt tag or the alt attribute of the image is the piece of code that tells browsers and search engines what your picture is about. That is of course if you describe your picture well within the inverted comas (the value of the alt attribute is the text description that you must add).

Remember those times when your internet connection was too slow that the images didn't load? In some cases, instead of the images you got blank white squares with some text in each square. Those pieces of text are the alt tags. If the images didn't have alt tags you would see just their filenames (too many times, names like IMG.00543 which didn't tell you anything about the content of the picture).

Example: alt="Climbing Vector Design for Your T-shirt" or alt="Deep Water Solo Climbing in Bulgaria"

Even if your readers can't see your images, at least they have a hint about the content so they'll have a reason to come back later (when the internet connection is better).

Just like the filenames, keep the alt tags short and relevant and try to use synonyms. That is, don't copy the filename in the title tag.

Example: filename DIY-glidecam-for-GoPro-camera alt="Home Made Steadicam for GoPro HD" These two pieces of text are different but they convey the same message.

The idea is this: use simple words that your readers are likely to type in the search box when they are looking for a solution to their problem.

3. Add a title attribute to your image
The title attribute of the HTML image code is the message you see when you hover your mouse cursor over an image (or link). This is the only text, attached to the image code, that your readers will see, so use it as a way to communicate with them. Offer an explanation just like you would in a caption.

Example: title="Google Image Search for Island Way Sorbet"

Now, you may ask: What the hell is an alt tag?!?! And the answer is: you don't really have to know. As long as you know what it does (tells search engines what your picture is about) and you use it correctly, you'll get more traffic to your blog.

Adding the alt and title attributes means you have to work within the HTML view of your blogging software. You'll do this after you upload the picture.


So there you have it. Apply these three SEO (search engine optimization) tactics for your images and you'll get more traffic to your blog from Google Image Search.

Good Luck and All the best!!

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6 comments:

ken said...

alt tag is the text that appears when the image link is broken :)

Ezal R said...

yup! absolutely

Shujaat said...

thank you

Mohamad said...

Nice and great tips..

Great Tips For Selecting Theme For your Blog (Must Read!!!

Ezal R said...

Shujaat,

Ur Welcome, :D

Mohamad,

Thanx

ph1l1p said...

#1 is better :D

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