There’s a good chance that you’re going to use images at one point or another, regardless of the website you run or the publication you manage. We’re a very visual society these days, after all; a few well-placed pictures can drastically improve the look, feel, and readability of a site. Of course, if you fail to properly optimize these images, you’re going to be losing out.
Don’t underestimate the amount of traffic you can draw to your page with Google Image Search. Ensuring the images you use are properly optimized from both a user and search engine standpoint can work wonders for your site. By that same vein, improper image optimization could actually cause the rating on your entire page to drop.
Today, we’re going to go over a few best practices for your website’s images.
It should be clear to anyone with more than a passing interest in search engine optimization that it favors long-term planning and hard work over easy, short-term gain. If you need any proof of this, you need look no further than last year’s Penguin 2.0 update and how hard it hit websites that used questionable (yet effective) optimization techniques like paid links, content networks, and link schemes. What’s one thing all those strategies shared in common?
They were easy. They required minimal work on the part of the webmaster and gave immediate returns.
If you’ve spent any amount of time in the SEO industry, you’ve probably become desensitized to Matt Cutts’ warnings and announcements, as well as the Google algorithm changes. Let’s be honest though. If you’re doing things the right way, none of this should effect your strategy and continued success. Google has constantly evolved to penalize those in the SEO industry that break the rules, and this will not change. As always, it is important to have a multifaceted strategy that includes SEO, social media, and content marketing. In that spirit, we gathered some of the best articles on these subjects from February. Enjoy, and if you’re looking for the same great content the rest of the month, don’t forget to check in with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
More than several years ago now, some of my closer colleagues will remember SEOgadget had been subjected to a directory submission blast. Two, in fact. The domain had been submitted to around 2,000 adult website directories (sigh), and a batch submission to Directory Maximiser.