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[tips] Ranking Pictures in Google Images

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jon_xx_x, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    There's a little info out there on this, but I wanted to share my thoughts. I couldn't find a lot of information when I first looked into it.

    You can get decent traffic from Google images. Obviously it depends on the keyword. "Flowers" will probably get you more image searches than "buy a computer".

    It is often overlooked by a lot of people, and it really shouldn't, it only takes a few seconds to optimize for Google, and if you aren't doing it, there are millions who aren't, so why not start doing it and get some extra traffic.

    I have roughly 250+ (with 50+ domains still needing sites) websites up, and every single one has atleast one image on the front page (besides header). 120 of the sites are one page EMD sites, another 70 are 4-5 EMD sites that drive traffic to my money site. I take the time to add one good image to every single homepage. I am ranking at the top for a lot of keywords... I don't actually track it, but for example, I just looked up my six biggest keywords which get 90,000+ exacts per month, and I have the number one image for all six keywords. Plus I've come across several others ranking #1 which just searching.

    Some of the tips you may not, some you may not, but I thought I'd share my complete checklist.

    1. Name the image the keyword, keyword.jpg, keyword.gif or .png if you are using more than one image.

    2. Use keyword in alt tags. Don't keyword stuff it like they used to say to do back in the day, make it real. "keyword header" "picture of keyword", though I'll use "buy keyword" sometimes too. And of course, make sure you have the width and height of the image.

    3. Put the image in your content very close to the keyword, using 'align' or 'float' in your html.

    4. Make your image width end with zero. I usually make the images anywhere from 270px to 390px, height I don't care as much about. This step is actually very important.

    5. If you're just stealing an image, don't just resize the image to the above widths, but crop it so it's not the same ratio as the original image. I think like content Google doesn't want to list a ton of the same images, and if you just resize, they can still tell it's the same image, so we want to try and make it look like a unique image. (Note: Google has reverse image search which means they do have technology to find similar images, but who knows if they use it for Google images)

    6. If you can "flip" the image horizontally, do it. What I mean is, if there are no numbers, letters, etc that won't be reversed if you flip it, flip the image. This is just another step to making it look like a unique image.

    7. Don't aim to optimize your header. Though I've noticed a couple headers ranking, I think you should aim for an in content image. As mentioned earlier, you could name your header keyword.png then name your other image keyword.jpg.

    #5 and #6 are more so just theories of mine, but it only takes two seconds to do, so why not.

    And of course, build links to the page it's on. Most my sites rank high, so I'm sure that counts as some trust, however, none of them are ranked #1, so I don't think it's a HUGE factor... but I think think it is a factor.

    So there are my tips. It takes about a minute to do, so why not take the minute, when very few others are?
     
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  2. EvilEmperor

    EvilEmperor Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Makes sense, thanks for sharing!
     
  3. backlinkmurder

    backlinkmurder Newbie

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    great post man - this forum really does have a ton of quality stuff on it, unlike what i have heard.

    another tip if you do want to get traffic from your image search:

    go to image search, type in a keyphrase and click on a random image. it will then take you to the website where the image is hosted. the tip is this, make sure that your website does not have all the content stuffed in where the box is going to appear "over"...if you DO start getting a lot of traffic you can always fiddle with this.


    good stuff man!
     
  4. yowillyjj

    yowillyjj Newbie

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    Nice to read. I noticed an image of a shoe in my blog is bringing a little bit of traffic to my blogspot page.

    will
     
  5. nimmivh

    nimmivh Regular Member

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    Nice tips, it may be useful on my celebrity wall paper site
    am using frame breaking script, so drives some good amount of traffic for me
     
  6. scorpion896

    scorpion896 Senior Member

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    Nice share, never done any picture SEO before
     
  7. onlineventures

    onlineventures Junior Member

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    Thanks for the share.

    I learned this technique from a Guru. I know this works as I have tried this my self. You can get decent traffic out of it. But the conversion of this type of traffic will be less if you are selling some products. Works well for sites built for adsense.
     
  8. JohnMalekin

    JohnMalekin Registered Member

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    This can be your main traffic source, images can rank very easy :)

    Nice tips OP :)
     
  9. Smart SEO

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    There is a script somewhere if i can find it. Basically when the user clicks full size image, the script will refresh the page and will take the visitor to their site instead of the actual full sized image. It works well with porn type of images where you can make $$ with cpa easily.
     
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  10. jon_xx_x

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    Yeah I've seen it a few times, pretty cool idea.
     
  11. futurestic06

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    Awesome tips. I just name my image and past it just after the title of my articles.
    and select the img alt tag very carefully. and i got ranked every time within 3/5 days. :p
     
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    Nice. I think I'll try that with an adult site. The plugin is called "Google Image Redirect", by the way.
     
  13. hipromet

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    DO you make all images by yourself? What's tool you use to resize and crop images?
     
  14. jon_xx_x

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    I usually just take images from Google images, I just try to make sure it's not something that's really unique and on a big site that may be copyrighted. Most images I use, there are actually quite a few of the exact same images in Google Images, but when I make the small changes it usually puts me in #1. What I'll do is crop some of the white out, then resize the width to about 310px. I use photoshop. I'm sure there are free programs out there that can do it as well.
     
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    good stuff, i understand naming just a keyword in picture wont bring you top, some tic tac like step 5 and 6 will be interesting to test.
     
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    I followed your instructions, my images has been listed within 24-36 hours! Thank you my friend!
     
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    I had success with google images in the past promoting clickbank ebook about skin rashes or something but terminated the website later after I thought the ebook might not be reliable. It's someone's health after all. But it was a successful experience in terms of ranking. Just make sure the image is high quality and include it in a page with alt tags and surrounded with content targeting the same keyword. IF the keyword is in the domain that would be a plus.

    This was the thread

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/clickbank/132219-guide-how-make-money-clickbank-google-images.html
     
  18. jon_xx_x

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    Good good!
     
  19. logicmethod

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    cool I have a couple blogs that get alot of traffic just from the images and it really becomes helpful with terms of seo and bringing in vistors and converting them into readers.
     
  20. M1ndfluX

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    This has been covered a couple of times but this has a nice twist to it ;)

    Yeah it can bring you decent traffic. Think ill set up a small tut here soon on bhw bout this subject with my own thoughts...