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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by waterworks, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. waterworks

    waterworks Registered Member

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    Was looking at stock photography today for a client and noticed that Big Stock Photo has an incredibly long URLs for their images vs other stock photo sites. Does it help SEO to have such a ridiculously long URL?

    Big Stock
    https://www.bigstockphoto.com/image...f-her-she-is-working-out-intensively-close-up

    Istock
    http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/beautiful-sports-lady-gm587521910-100844181

    Getty
    http://www.gettyimages.com/license/554078029

    Shutterstock
    https://www.shutterstock.com/image-...ing-442068829?src=cp1Ha-5OYn4pRrIsrPQp9A-1-26

    Stocksy
    https://www.stocksy.com/1059729

    Adobe
    https://stock.adobe.com/stock-photo/runner-girl/106434369?prev_url=detail
     
  2. Parker2010

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    Yes, that helps in Google (and website) search. In the first URL, it covers all keywords:

    Young woman at the gym using fitness equipment. Sporty girl in blue top raising the bar and looking somewhere in front of her. She is working out intensively. Close up.

    So search keywords could be:

    Young woman + gym

    Young woman + gym + equipment

    Sporty girl + gym


    Young woman + working out + gym

    Sporty girl + working out + gym

    Sporty girl + gym + close up (look)

    Young woman + gym + close up (look)

    Hope, that helps.

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  3. waterworks

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    Thanks for the feedback. I always assumed google would see that as a dirty tactic. Struck me as odd because so many websites don't use super long URLs like that.
     
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    Guess simplicity is professionalism to lots of people :)
    Nice of Parker2010 for analyzing this & writing all that!
     
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    With regards to images, it helps in SEO as long as it is relevant and describes what exactly the image is all about.
     
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    The page might come up in the rankings, but will it rank top 10 without further content? I haven't been able to, but I am interested to know :)
     
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    Yes, it will rank in top 10 so soon as the website gains high authority / traffic. You might like to try the keyword "Young woman + working out + gym" in Google.com and you will find many shutterstock and Videoblocks URLs on first page. Other websites like graphicstock.com, dreamstime.com and 123rf.com are on second page. Again, there might be change in rankings if keywords are different.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    ok! Actually, my question was more so because I am currently dealing with some "thin content" projects just like how you'd deal with a stock photo website. It's nice to know that authority helps. I normally see keywords coming to 2-3 page and then vanishing off into thin air. Will try building authority. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  9. Parker2010

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    Most welcome. So, In this case, you might like to add Quality Content - Titles, Bullet Points, Quality Keywords - maybe long content. That will surely help.
     
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    That's the problem man. I don't just get the idea how I can add quality content in, let's say.. a meme site. I have tried those "the 20 most hilarious memes" sort of posts but they don't help in terms of organic traffic. :( Social traffic is a different beast by the way.. but.. not organic..
     
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    You can try using some better titles like:

    the 20 most hilarious memes ever
    the 20 most hilarious memes of all
    the top 20 most hilarious memes collection
    the top 20 most hilarious memes of all time

    I mean, you can use some catchy titles - your prospects might be using to reach you.

    When you found you, you can offer them some Wow factor on your website.

    Hope you got the idea.
     
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    hmm that is the most reasonable idea as I have come up with. I will try all of your suggestions. Thanks for helping this seo noob lol :p
     
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    You're most welcome buddy :)

    Cheers,
    Steve