Images play a significant role in blog posts and websites. They create an environment for the reader, provide references, and sometimes cut the long stories short when used as screenshots, flowcharts and DFDs. Images are used to decorate the content as well. Images, when used on websites and blogs, should be optimized for better appearance and loading, and hence for search rankings. Optimizing images for Search engines is thus important but not difficult.
So, how to optimize your images for Search engines? I have some Image SEO tips which should be considered for better results. Read on – how do I optimize my images for Search engines.
- You should use image editing software programs to optimize your images in a controlled way. This will help you to get the images with minimum possible weight and highest possible quality. Alternatively, you can use some handy tools to optimize images online.
- Use medium dimension images, and try to follow the standard dimensions of images. Avoid the overuse of images in your posts. Don’t resize your images with HTML using height and width tag.
- Use descriptive image file names. This will help your images to be found on search engines easily.
- Properly align your images with the other contents. Try to avoid images after images except for the post featuring a showcase or gallery as it generally requires posting images one after the other or side-by-side.
- Do not forget to utilize the alt and title attributes with your images, you should use descriptive text with suitable keywords; carrying the message you want to convey from the image. The alt attribute is used to show an alternate text when images are not loaded and it is also utilized by search engines to parse keywords. Whereas title attribute is good to explain users the objective of our image.
- Try using .GIF and .JPG images over .PNG and other formats as .GIF and .JPG images are more searchable on web.
If you have more tips, feel free to share with us your Image SEO strategies. Also see Optimize CSS Online.