Pearsonified recently wrote another great post addressing a topic I wanted to cover here on my blog, he beat me to it though.
The topic of discussion is “Google Image Search”. Last month I received my highest number of site visitors. After carefully studying my web stats I noticed I was getting a lot of site visitors through Google image searches. More specifically, the Google image searches were landing my new site visitors on this page, my Christmas wallpaper I designed in December 2005.
Doing a Google Image Search for “Christmas Digital Art” you will see that my site comes up number 3. That my seem a rather random keyword search, and nothing to be proud of, but it’s obviously not as random as you might think, as take a look at the web stats I attached.
Even though the bounce rate was high, meaning people visited my site and left it within a few seconds, some of those people did stay and had a good look around.
What is the point I am trying to get to; the importance of labeling your images correctly.
Every standards-compliant, Google-sensitive image reference should contain 5 key items (source: Pearsonified):
srcattribute specifying the URL of the image
widthdeclaration in which the width of the image is specified in pixels
heightdeclaration in which the height of the image is specified in pixels
altattribute that describes the content of the image—this is the #1 element of image-oriented SEO
titleattribute that contains text to be displayed when the user hovers his/her mouse over the image
I must mention, before any of you readers point it out, that I do not strictly comply to these guidelines set out by Chris, for example, I rarely specify a
height attribute, and I usually only leave an
alt tag. However, I always save my images with a suitable, descriptive name, for example, if I was posting a photo I took at a Robbie Williams concert, I would label the image “robbie_williams_at_milton_keynes_concert.jpg“.
More specifically my code, up till now, would read:
After reading Chris’s article, and seeing my web stats, I think I may take even more consideration into tagging my images. So should you, it might be worth the extra effort.
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