by Mark Maynem
In March 2009 Google image search was labeled as Google’s fourth hottest property by Hitwise. The report went on to show that Google image search attributed 5.79% to the company’s monthly market share of visits. With this type of data and developments in universal search the smart search marketer will leverage this area to his or her advantage.
Before undertaking image search optimization many search marketers will evaluate its value in relation to its clients. Will the value of this activity be higher than another SEO activity? This is important, as image optimization can be time consuming and lends itself to being more beneficial to some sites than others.
Image Optimization Tips
Filenames – Include the keyword you are targeting within the file name. Remember to use hyphens for spaces between the keywords.
Image Formatting – Make sure you use the correct image formats. For example save photos as JPG files etc.
Image Quality – Use good quality images, which will read well when shown in a thumbnail format. Poor quality images are unlikely to get click throughs.
Strings – Avoid using strings in image urls. Make your image urls as a readable as possible to human beings. Continue reading