Images And SEO An Important Part Of SEO

Who ever would have thought that images were an important factor of SEO? I know I didn’t. Heck at the beginning I never even worried about putting images in a post. Especially because it was so time consuming to find the right images. When I did learn that images and SEO did work together in helping you get a higher ranking I started to pay more attention to images and SEO.

The trouble though has always been finding the right images to put into my post, I didn’t want to be like all those other sites that put just any unrelated image into the post just for the sake of having an image. That was when I came across Zemanta. It gave me a selection of images to choose for my post. Not always perfect but better than nothing. The problem was they weren’t unique. Everybody was using the same images and I wanted to be unique.

I’ve always believed that being unique was an advantage when creating your online image. One of the reasons why I developed the header package. Knowing that Images and SEO were important in getting you traffic was one of the reasons for buying the Logo Creator. I’ve written about it before and am really surprised that no-one has taken me up on the offer. I’m especially surprised because this amazing software only costs $32! Such a small investment in building your online career. 

Perhaps its the name that puts people off because not everyone wants to create a logo. Truth be told the Logo Creator is so much more potential than creating logos. I used it to help me create my Header package as well as the free bonuses included in the package. I also used it to create Sexy Sals Blonde Jokes. If you were to do an image search of Sexy Sals blonde joke on Google you’ll be surprised how many of them appear at the top of the page. Those images are branded with this sites url address helping to build my brand.

Then there is also Sleazy Sam’s appearance in a recent post. However it wasn’t until Sleazy Sam’s second appearance that he started getting noticed on Pnterest. He now has 5 repins and 2 likes. Not a huge amount but a start and he is already directing traffic to my site. Notice also the watermark at the bottom of the image.

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Sleazy Sam and his work ethics

The Logo Creator is so much more than creating logos, but this post is about images and SEO and I must apologise for getting distracted.

Images and Seo Making It Happen

Images and SEO
Images and SEO helping you to build traffic Image thanks to the Logo Creator

Alt Tags: This second image has ‘images and SEO’ in the alt tags. You should ensure that any image you have in your post also contain your targeted keywords in the alt tags. This is a very important part of the images and SEO factor. The alt tags are important because it’s what search engines use to understand what the image is about. While a picture may paint a thousand words search engine spiders are blind to them and need the alt text to gather the information they require.

File Name: It’s very important that your image contains the keywords you’re targeting. I used to forget this but thanks to the Yoast plugin, that I wrote about in Best WordPress SEO Plugin Is, I make sure those keywords are used in the file name so as to ensure I have all the SEO factors covered.

Captions: Something else you should do, and I don’t do often enough is to use the captions. While I’m not a hundred percent certain of it I’m sure the caption also provides information to the spiders. But more importantly, it provides valuable information to your readers. It can help you to enforce the point you’re trying to get across. 

As we all know, speed is an important factor these days and images do slow your load times down a bit. There are a couple of ways to minimise this. The first is to make sure you upload the correct size to your post rather than using WordPress to show a smaller image. This is because the browser will load the original image first before showing the resized version.

So, tell me, are you using Images and your SEO efforts.

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    1. That’s right David, and because it’s so competitive out there you have to do everything you can to maximise your traffic potential. That includes SEO and images.

      I believe that being able to create unique images with the Logo Creator gives me an advantage over those who use other peoples images that they find on the net.
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    2. Twitter:
      Image has the power to say maximum stories with in a few seconds on comparison of long articles. So search engines loves images along with normal users. In my view 2 factors can give more expose in SEO strategies of Images- ALT tag and TITLE tag

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    Okay, I just have to ask this; is “Images in SEO” a product you’re pimping? I can’t really tell, but the phrase as is kind of doesn’t make sense. After all, one doesn’t put images in SEO, one SEO’s images. I’m really confused here.

    Oh, and you might want to look at that very first sentence just one more time… lol
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    1. Damn, it sounded fine when I wrote it Mitch. Now it doesn’t make sense at all. Thanks mate :doh_tb:

      I changed it. Maybe not the best but a lot better than the original. Good thing you’re always on the ball. :thumbup_tb:
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  2. I recently discovered how important alt tags are for SEO. I’ve always known they were important for speech readers. I noticed that they can make a difference with your ranking in search engines. I’ve been going through all my posts on my blog, adding images where there aren’t any and keywords.

    I use EWWW Image Optimizer to optimise my images as in certain cases, the images are a bit big and I can’t bring myself to upload them again.

    1. Hey PashO, I haven’t heard of EWWW Image Optimizer but as long as it works that’s all that matters. I personally use the plugin.
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  3. Twitter:
    Images are must for an article. They just act as the good source of attracting the visitors. We should use relevant images for an article i.e., the visitor must understand what is in the post just by seeing the image. Further, it is the main aspect of SEO for an article.
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  4. Twitter:
    Images really works in SEO and One must use it withing content so that search engine can indentify the post more clearly and rank it well.

  5. hmmm interesting post indeed! I think ill be using images much more often with these tips. I just have to remember to fill in the alt tags and captions!

  6. Yes, the image is not so much the key. It is the title tag. Do you want your picture to appear in Google images? Then make sure you tag it!

    1. True, but it’s not all about SEO. The image also has to mean something to the reader otherwise what is the point.
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  7. Usually images are considered as a part of good visualization for any blog, and almost 60% bloggers do not use images in their blog, and some who are using they are not paying attention for the image alt and name tag, if both these tags utilized properly then images also can play a good role in your SEO work.
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  8. Great article – I can’t even begin to tell you how many of my SEO clients come to me with previously built websites with image file names like IMG938539458934 – with no alt tags, no dimensions specified in the tags and etc… Very Important piece of imformation, especially with the indexing that is done by Google Images.

  9. Twitter:
    Images say 100 words and as in SEO you need to have a minimum of 1 pic in your posts and this is how google ranks your site better and it also serves Readers better.

    1. Yep, but images only serve readers better if they have something to do with the post. Just using them for decorative value seems a bit of a waste.
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  10. Hmm, the new things you learn every day. Thanks for the post. I’m so guilty of this :(
    Was wondering why my images weren’t coming up on search engines… I’ll read more about this alt and title tags thing and do the needful for my website. Thanks again!
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