Blogging Tip: Image Descriptions and Increasing Hits

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A gross exaggeration ofย  what good image/picture descriptions can achieve.

I WON’T promise you a deluge of blog hits and increased traffic. But you should find something advantageous for your website here. So, what’s the idea? Well, most if not all blogs have some images on them. Not many people pay attention to what those images are named.

ybgwerkf7yw8rgy7gigr.jpg < You’ve seen nonsense strings of characters that form the ‘name’ of an image. Search engines can’t use that and nobody will find your post through the image. And certainly no one but a cat (or several) on a keyboard will type ‘ybgwerkf7yw8rgy7gigr’ into Google.

boat46547.png < A little more specific, but the name is so generic with more needless numbers, that it’s very low in searchability, therefore low in ranking.

lionsofthesavannah.jpg < Now you’re getting somewhere. Much more specific. Still room for improvement. For reasons known to computer coders, search engines like Google and Bing prefer hyphenated word strings; lions-of-the-savanah.jpg

So what’s missing from the above image name? If your website is WildlifePhotos.com for example, then add that in to the string: lions-of-the-savannah-wildlife-photos. That way the image is more likely to be found AND you’ve left a footprint relating to your website which can lead to clicks just from a search engine image search.

Additionally: i. Keep in mind filler words like, ‘and’, ‘the’, should be kept to a minimum in your image descriptions. The more specific the description the better. ii. Adding a caption to an image can also increase ranking, although not always practical.

Thinking of all those pictures you didn’t give a valid label to? Renaming your old images is easy, just right click and select ‘rename’.

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14 thoughts on “Blogging Tip: Image Descriptions and Increasing Hits

  1. Good post. Had no idea that made a difference.

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    1. I kinda figured somehow awhile back by changing the image names to something relevant but didn’t know for sure it made a difference.
      It’s probably a slim way of getting more views but if your blogs linked to the images it can’t hurt ๐Ÿ‘

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      1. I guess it is helpful to someone trying to grow their blog. Good informative post.

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  2. Thanks for that – I should be doubling my readership to six in no time at all ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Lol maybe even seven?!
      Can’t say I’ve noticed much change in traffic but over time little tweaks like that should help.

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      1. I agree – it’s typically a combination of small changes and sticking to them that make the difference over time.

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  3. Oh wow. Thank you for this helpful hint!

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  4. Someone knows their way around SEO. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. Helpful indeed. Thanks, Fionn.

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      1. How have you been, Fionn?

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