So today is the day! I finally got the courage (and found the time) to start a new column that I hope you will all enjoy! If you don’t remember – about a few weeks ago I wanted to launch this column but went into my nervous and panic mode (read here). After reading such sweet comments and tweets about how I should do this I finally got the courage. (You guys are totally awesome!!)
So here goes nothing…
I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and I am no pro at it – but I do feel that I have grown and learned some new tricks along the way. I still have a lot more to learn but I wanted to share the things I’ve picked up along the way. ;)
I decided to start simple and talk about how you should name your images!
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As bloggers we enjoy creating heavy image posts – sometimes we might not even write much but we do have plenty of eye candy. Since I’ve started designing and coding websites I’ve notice that many people just upload their images with generic names. This might be my new pet peeve. No biggie, that’s why I am here.
When you upload your images as “Photo 1” or “IMG1546” search engines have no idea what that means and just pass right by it. Basically, it’s like your images are invisible to search engines. Unless you want your image to appear when someone searches “IMG1546”.
All you have to do is name your images something relevant.
For example – you create an amazing DIY post about how you made your very own gilded candle holders. To get the best results choose relevant image names.
Instead of “IMG5491” try “DIY Tutorial for gilded candle holders” or “How to make a stylish candle holder”
If you have multiple images take advantage and change the naming structure a bit. This will include different keywords that can help your search engine ranking down the line.
Also – take advantage of the “Title” and “Alt Text” (read more about Alt Text here) feature that is available with most blogging platforms. Use the same name or switch it up a little. At first you might think this is time consuming but it will eventually get easier, plus you are increasing your search engine visibility.
Image Source: Gilded Candle Holders