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SEO Image Question

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Scorpion Ghost, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    I have a few questions about optimizing photos that are used in posts...

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    First One: Which one is Right?

    We are aware that there are many formats available on internet like .JPEG, .PNG , . GIF, .BMP and so on. Here i am always using .PNG or .GIF format as it is occupying less space, it means the image loading time will gets faster

    OR!!!


    There are lots of formats of images like JPG, PNG, GIF and others. But always use that image format which suits better for the web. JPG image format is the most preferable image format by the webmasters because it uses less size memory as compare to other formats.

    I would say it's best to use JPG, but if i knew for sure i wouldn't be asking. So which one is it???

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    Second One: True or Not?? And is this also Valid for the alt= tags??

    If you use the image for this post then rename the image to something like this, image-optimization-seo.jpg

    Because when your use blank space it will automatically convert to ?%20? which has no meaning. Web crawlers find it difficult to understand an image like that. Hyphen is always a better option for optimizing the image.

    I know that this is the case with website/blog URL's, but is it for Image Names too? And what about the alt= tags?

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    Third One: True or Not?

    Many times i find that many new bloggers are using large size images and they just add width and height values to decrease the size of the image. Generally it takes too long to load images, ultimately it will slow down your blog loading time which visitors never want. Use photo editing software and change size of the images as per your requirement, and it will decreases your file size also. There are many tools available to compress images on internet just search it on google and come to know.

    Ok, so basically is it an issue to optimize your images looks by using height and width attributes in its HTML, or is it better to crop and fix it to the dimensions you want it to be before uploading it??


    That's all... These are all not life and death type of questions, but it's many small details put together that make a big thing, so i'd like to know what's the Real Deal from the Pros... Because reading articles online, like in my first question, one guy recommends it's best to use JPG images, the other recommends GIF, so that's not gonna help any with the goddamn conflicting opinions. This shouldn't be a subject for conflicting opinions...

    Anyway...
     
  2. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    And one more thing about the "Alt=" tag.

    Do you make it relevant to the Image or relevant to the Post you're using the image for??

    You can say it's the same thing, but it's not. For example, say you're writing a post about "Make Money Online", and you decide to use an image of a Dollar Sign. Which Alt= tag will you use?

    Purple Dollar Symbol

    OR!!!

    Make Money Online


    One is relevant to the picture, and the other is relevant to your post...

    I'd say the first one, because the Alt tag is there mostly to tell the crawlers what the picture is all about, but i gotta make sure, i guess you can use either, or even both, but what do you do??
     
  3. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay Power Member

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  4. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    Thanks man, i'll check out the links now.

    Well, i already figured it out, at least i think i did... Unless the links ArtVandelay gave me change my mind, here are my answers to my questions:

    1) The .JPEG format is the way to go. Except for Animated pics (.GIF), and maybe use PNG for example for a facebook profile picture, or site Logo picture, or a cover photo, etc... Due to the PNG format being of a higher quality... But for me, fuck it, .JPEG is the way to go...

    2) Yes, use Hyphens instead of spaces when naming images. Do not use hyphens in the Alt tags, just use spaces normally.

    3) Use both. So resize your image before uploading it, and then perfect the size by giving the width and height attributes to the picture.

    4) Well, i checked some small and large sites and some of them even use up to two sentence alt tags on some pictures. I checked small and large sites because i know that the big dogs don't need to worry about every little detail. I mean, apple will rank regardless of whether their images are perfectly optimized or not. Anyway, i think the answer is to make it relevant to the picture, but then always use a picture that's relevant to your article, so that the picture's alt tag will contribute to the article's general keywords... And don't try to stuff keywords in the alt tag, just use it to describe the picture as best as you can, but also keep in mind to make that description also naturally have some keywords you are trying to rank for in it.

    For example, if you wanna rank for "Windows XP", and you use a picture of a laptop, you can give the alt tag:

    Windows XP lap top Acer

    Even though the perfect description would be just:

    lap top Acer

    Well, that's all kids. :p