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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by math182, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. math182

    math182 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    Can somebody explain me how to optimize photos for SEO. I know its about alt-tag but I am not familiar with onsite image SEO.

    It's for a blogger blog.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Zapdos

    Zapdos Power Member

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    Alt tags should be used
    Title tag should be used.
    The filename should be relevant. If its Spaghetti, have it something like "Spaghetti-Dinner.jpg" not "471237451237.jpg"
    If you're doing a lot of images on a page then using multiple CDNs/domains is recommended to increase page load speed.
    Never use PNG unless you need transparency or 1:1 quality. Most people wouldn't care if it's a 30-40% JPG. More load time = more time for bounce and lower serp ranking.
     
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  3. extremeboy

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    use as much less size image you can and always name the image + alt tag as above mate told so it should be go through perfectly+ try to use as much unique image as possible related to the post ;)
     
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  4. math182

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    Can't believe I have done some on-page SEO for a month without considering putting the keywords I want to rank for as the photo's file name!

    Shame on me... lol
     
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    Math,

    The other members have given you some great advice. Remember to be careful using the alt attribute with keywords on images. Search engines penalize sites that use the alt attribute to stuff keywords into the architecture of the website. If you can use your target keywords in an accurate description then go for it, if you are just putting keywords in there that don't accurately describe an image, skip it.

    Here are some good best practices for using the alt attribute,

    http://www.joedolson.com/articles/2009/10/best-practices-keywords-in-alt-attributes/

    Best,

    Shawn
     
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  6. Zapdos

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    Yes, use the alt text as text that should appear if the image doesn't load. The "title" text should be used as text would appear when hovering over the image (note: this is not supported as it was never meant to do this!)

    Stuffing keywords would be bad. Use maybe 1 sentence, 2 at max. ex:
    "Our super awesome spaghetti dinner"
    "This was what the spaghetti looked like. before we devoured it."
     
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