Monday, 31 March 2014

Optimize Images for Search Engines

Optimize your images for search engines:


  • Keywords in alt text, text around the image, image name, page title;
  • Preferred image formatting – jpg;
  • Separate SE accessible image folder;
  • Image freshness. (SEW suggests re-uploading your images to keep them fresh);
  • Enabled image search option at Google webmaster tool.
  • Reasonable image file size (see the discussion at WW)
  • Limited number of images per page;
  • Popular and reliable photo sharing hosting (e.g. Flickr is reported to help in Yahoo! image optimization).

Optimize your images for social media:
  • (obvious) use really great images to give your readers another reason to spread the word;
  • (to get Digg thumbnailed submission) stick to jpg format and make sure the images can be resized to (or already are) 160×120 or 160×160 pixels (Unless you have an image that can be resized that way Digg will not offer the submitter a thumbnail to go with the post).

Optimize your images for people:
  • People pay more attention to a clear image where they can see details (choose high quality images).
  • (Clean, clear) faces in an image get more eye fixation. (don’t use abstract images too often).
  • Keep them relevant: images are not the first thing a visitor sees on a web page but they can compel him to stay (according to the eye-tracking research web text is prior to images; when looking at a printed article people see images first; with web page they see text first – nevertheless images make the visitor stay and remember the page via relevant associations).

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