SEO Images For Your Articles –
SEO for images isn’t anything new, but a lot of people still neglect to optimize the images on their website. There are multiple ways that you can optimize your images, and I’ll discuss a few techniques in this article.
Before I begin, it’s important to note that you should not steal pictures from Google images. Some of those images may be copyrighted and you might run into a problem.
If you want to be 100% safe, search for “free royalty free images” and you’ll find websites that offer free stock photos that you can use. If you want large or unique images for your homepage, you can use websites like:
- Getty Images
Images For SEO – Beginners Guide
The first thing you need to do is optimize the resolution of your image. I’ve seen some people upload 1080 x 1920 resolution images to their blog post. They re-size the image to fit the article, but when you click on the image, it’s a huge wallpaper. Images this size will slow down your website and will take longer to load. Websites that load slow are bad for SEO.
After you optimize the image resolution, you need to save your image using your keywords. When you save your image using your keywords, the title tag on your image will have those keywords included. So instead of 0003245.jpg, your image be something like dog-training-los-angeles-.jpg which search engines can read and understand.
Alt Image Tags & Captions
The next important tag you need to add is the alt image tag. If you have an HTML site, you’ll have to add a line of code to your image URL; but if you’re using WordPress, you have the option to easily enter your alt text while uploading your images.
WordPress also has plugins that will automatically enter the alt text for you, but I prefer to manually do this to make sure it’s done correctly.
Another way to optimize your image is to add captions. You can use captions to describe what’s in the image using your keywords, or just give credit for a photo.
Cross Link Your Images For SEO
The last thing you can do is link your photos to related content on your website. When search engines crawl your website, they’ll follow the links within your images to your other articles. This technique will help search engines find all the articles on your website and help search engines index your images.
Follow this simple blueprint to optimize your images. If you don’t have time or you’d rather have someone else do it, at least you now know what needs to be done. With this knowledge you’ll be able to determine if the SEO company you’re working with is optimizing your images correctly, if at all.