Optimizing Images

Treasure Map 10
Treasure Map 10
Photo by: Mike Rohde

Make sure that your (image) ALT attributes are descriptive and accurate.

– Google webmaster guidelines

I try to post images for the majority of my posts. They make the articles more interesting and they help give color to what would otherwise be endless whitespace.

It is important that you optimize the images for search engines. Sometimes we forget to properly fill out alt and title tags. One way to double check your images is to use this Image SEO Tool.

Add your home page url and you get a report on how well you’ve written alt and title texts.

I have used the Image Seo Tool to mass verify the alt tags on the images on my archive pages.

It may not seem much but on some websites the majority of SEO hits come from image search. Properly describing the image through ALT text and following Google guidelines helps users locate the image better and subsequently get to your article.

No one can find your posts unless you leave a map that accurately describes the location.

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