Even if you’re new to the concept of image SEO and do not understand why an article would choose to talk about image SEO tips, hang on! Correct SEO practices are a goldmine waiting to be unleashed. I’ll just start by saying - all your digital marketing efforts will go in vain if you do not leverage this integral marketing element - SEO.
Before jumping to image SEO tips, let’s first deal with the basics.
The unpaid strategy that goes into making any given website rank higher on a search engine is called SEO.
Search Engine Optimisation is essentially optimising your site so that it gets picked up by search engines and gets displayed on relevant searches leading to higher traffic. The strategy is unpaid and thus focuses on ‘organic’ results. Under this, the design, content, images, links, and writing - everything needs to be optimised in a way that search engines (Google, 90% of the time) show the website as a top result when someone searches for a related keyword.
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When speaking of crucial image SEO tips, formatting is what will follow. Here’s how to zero-in:
The quicker a page loads, the better it is for SEO and user experience. Images have a huge role to play in the loading time of a page. The maximum width of your images can be 720 px, no matter what your screen size is. Images wider than 720 px are then automatically resized to fit the screen.
Note that the browser still has to bear the burden of loading the image in its full-size i.e., if your image is 3500px, the browser would load it entirely and then display it at 720 px. To avoid this, resize your images effectively to suit the width you need.
The next in the list of image SEO tips is to compress the image and offer the smallest file size. Keep experimenting with various file sizes without being afraid. The visual quality usually faces little to no noticeable difference while the file size numbers dial down remarkably.
Speaking of image SEO tips, we cannot miss out on the magic of srcset - the HTML code to instruct the browser to load different versions of an image in accordance with different screen resolutions.
Suppose you upload a 620 px image and someone visits your webpage using a smartphone with 420px display, then their browser has to unnecessarily suffer the load of 620 px when it can do so perfectly with 420 px. That is where responsive images drop in. For instance, here it will dial down your 620 px image to 420 px to suit your smartphone display.
We all are used to skimming and scanning through an article. Another point in image SEO tips, therefore, would be to include captions (text) with your image when needed. KissMetrics stated that an average reader goes through the captions under images 300% more than the copy itself.
Apart from this, add alt text to your images - it ensures that all information is intact even if the image isn’t available to the user. This alternative text must include an SEO keyword so that the image is clear to the search engine as well as to the user.
It’s simple - you can use structured data to show your users what kind of content is associated with your image on your webpage. By doing this, you will encourage better quality traffic to your website. Currently, the 3 markups that Google gives you are products, recipes, and videos. You can use the markup that describes your content the best.
I’d like to leave you with the maxim: Knowing isn’t enough, you need to take action. Now that you’re aware of the strategies that go into making your page rank higher, make sure you experiment effectively. You can now incorporate the best images and leverage these image SEO tips to welcome quality traffic, sales, and growth to your business.
About the Author:
Vinayak Agarwal is the co-founder of myHQ, a startup with a mission to revolutionize the way millennials work. They are creating a network of beautiful & inspiring coworking spaces and work cafes for people to work, network, and co-create from. myHQ is also a vibrant community of 10,000+ entrepreneurs, freelancers, and working professionals.
An entrepreneur at heart, Vinayak is an IIT Delhi alum and he worked with Goldman Sachs for 2 years before starting myHQ.