2 Steps To Optimize Imaging Sizing + Increase SEO!

2 Steps To Optimize Imaging Sizing + Increase SEO!
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Does anyone truly understand what SEO is. It can be downright annoying and frustrating to think that anyone who gets on the internet has to come across this one time or another. Despite everything always changing with algorithms and the endless number of factors that go into what SEO is and how it’s run, I know I can’t learn everything ( or should be expected too !) I do have some tips especially those who are looking to boost their SEO, especially when it comes to your images.

I will say, I do these steps every single time that I have an image go on my blog. It may seem crazy but it really helped increase my organic search traffic! So let’s sit back, relax and I’ll share with you these easy tips to help you out!

Name All Your Images- No really! This seems so ridiculous right now thinking about but it really can increase your SEO. I didn’t’ do this in the beginning and now I’m kicking myself years later for it when I see past images on my blog! Naming your images with proper keywords will make it easy for those searching for those images so much easier! If you have some gorgeous graphic that you created and you uploaded it with the name “IMG_12” how is Google going to find or realize the file format? What about that amazing recipe you just whipped up? How will anyone be able to recreate those gorgeous images if it’s not labeled “Hearty Chicken Soup”?

So how does that work? The truth of the matter is- Google can’t see images, or at least right now. In the meantime, why not tell Google exactly what it is so that you can rank higher? If you name your image with the correct keywords, search engines will know where to put it. For example “Pea, Ham and Cheddar Soup” is a bit more obvious than just “IMG_12” and will bring in people searching for any of those 4 specific keywords. Don’t feel that you need to be limited to just those 4 words either. Sometimes my file names can be long but it works out well.

The key is to simply be accurate with your description so that you’re getting the quality visitors who will stay on your website ( and thus increase your SEO too! ) But I’m sure you have a question- about whether you should use hyphens in your file names. OH YES! The search engine can’t tell that Pea Ham and Cheese Soup is actually just 4 words so use those hyphen will let it know exactly what you mean!

2. Use Your Alt Attributes – Although this part is a little more important than simply naming your images. I known that a few images I didn’t have time to change the names on still can do pretty well as long as I have strong Alt attributes to it. What is Alt Attributes?

Alt attributes are a full description of your image and are used by those who have images turned off in their browsers or use a screen reader ( it’s similar to a text to speech program, for example ). Search engines see these and not only can read them, but also help make your site friendly to those of readers which is a great bonus! Alt attributes simply need to be a sentence or small paragraph describing your image. You don’t need to use hyphens either.

When you’re adding an image to Blogger or WordPress, they allow you to add alt tags to the image upload form. If you’re a bit more adventurous and want to hand code it, simply add alt=”” to your image tag!

How Can This Help You?

Here’s the great thing about doing all of this! When you fill out your alt attribute, you’re also creating the default description of you pin to use in Pinterest! Pinterest naturally pulls the alt attribute and fills in the default description in their pin box. When you create your description, make sure it’s a strong one that holds your keywords and doesn’t sound super spammy. Remember, it’s your image caption too so you want these to be as ‘rich pins’ as possible!

I understand some of these may seem a bit confusing. So why not let the pros help you out! There is an agency that specializes in all things SEO and building quality content for your blog. They are Jacksonville SEO Company and they are located in Jacksonville, Florida. The wonderful people behind this company help to integrate Google products and offer custom software to help track, test and optimize your web traffic to your blog! They help save you time and money while connecting with you helping you build your brand! The company offers consultation and a free quote so it’s easy to use starting this very minute! Check them out today to help increase your SEO and get the quality readers you deserve!

XO,
Kellyann

25 Comments

  1. Andrea Nine
    January 29, 2018 / 7:31 am

    Good job friend, these things can be confusing and you made SEO seem more doable! Adore you, hope it’s a marvelous Monday!

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 8:28 am

      Thanks Andrea, this whole world of blogging is so overwhelming sometimes! I’m always on the hunt for something to make it look easier!
      Enjoy your last Monday at work! The countdown is on. We need to Facetime a glass of wine Wednesday night!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 11:25 am

      There are so many things to think of – blogging isn’t for wimps, right? Ha!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  2. January 29, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Super confusing indeed! It’s crazy how many things there are to think about. Great post!

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Oh there’s so much that’s confusing about blogging! I had no idea what I was getting into, ha!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. jodie
    January 29, 2018 / 10:50 am

    It’s always nice to know why I’m doing what I’m doing KellyAnn. People don’t realize that these little things can take so much time either!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 11:26 am

      I know, the business of blogging is super crazy, I had no idea how much time it took to really do things properly!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. Lisa
    January 29, 2018 / 11:09 am

    Thanks for the SEO tips . They can be bit overwhelming – but those simple things do help!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 11:27 am

      Oh yes, I feel overwhelmed on the daily by all of this – ha! I’m always looking for short cuts or at least simplified explanations!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. January 29, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Oh how chummy, you and Andrea FaceWineTime!
    But I’m already getting distracted, back to business, your post. From your title and onwards my question was what’s a SEO? (Yes I’m a pensioner, go figure). Having read the post and linking repeated words, I’m now guessing it’s Search Engine, err, Optimisation? I had NO idea! I’ll TRY to remember to tag pics as above but as I don’t make money with my blog I can hardly justify paying for search enhancements, unless they have Over 65 concessions, of course! But thank you, my tech hottie, this has been very useful.
    Have a sizzling week, hugs x.

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      I say you need to join us in a little Face Time Wine Time – or would it be the middle of the night for you? Ha!
      My post was sponsored today – basically a paid advertisement. I need to improve my SEO because I really would like to make enough money for the blog to pay for itself – so far it hasn’t and I’ve been at it almost 2 years (April). There are just so many things to consider but one day I’ll get there!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. January 29, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Oh my gosh…I think my head is going to explode! Can you PLEASE just sit down with me and teach me your ways oh master?! Please tell me why you live in FL and I live in CA???? I sooo need to figure this out and be doing it. Thanks for the info my smart friend!!! XO
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    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Hahahahahaha, I do wish we lived in the same state so we could make sense of everything! You blow me away with all your Like to Know it stuff. Blogging makes my head spin!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • February 2, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      I keep telling Kellyann we all need to just meet up for a long weekend and have our own blogging conference!

  7. January 29, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    I do know about the alt tag… but, do I use it? Uhh.. not really. I also always name my images random and simple names. This is so interesting. I definitely could use a little learning in this area!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com
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    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Carrie there’s just so much to learn! I swear, I would love to go to a blogging conference but I’m also getting used to the new job so I feel like now is not the best time for that. So many steps involved, it’s really almost a full time job to do it well!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  8. January 29, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Great tips for those in the blogging world! I try my best to not get lazy with my photos knowing I will regret not taking a couple of minutes to complete this info will help me out in the long run. I love the fact Pinterest automatically adds the alt info in the pin description.
    Jennie recently posted…The Fab 40’s in VelvetMy Profile

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 3:37 pm

      Yes, I had no idea when I started this that there’d be so many steps involved, holy cow! It looks so easy!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      January 29, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks Laura, you definitely seem to know what you’re doing with the blog! It’s all a little overwhelming to me, of course it’s probably because I’m old, haha!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      January 30, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      I hear you, it’s hard to do it all and work on top of it! Plus you have those wonderful little kiddos too so I say who cares about SEO when you have all that L-O-V-E!
      xo,
      Kellyann

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