Wednesday, August 28, 2013
What is SEO? One Easy Thing You Can Do Now
I had a pleasant surprise the other night.
I was Google Image searching "black and white beach photography" just to browse around and maybe get a little inspiration when I saw 4 of my photos on the very first page of images!
I was really pretty surprised. Then I saw that all four were from my blog and the title of my post was "Black & White Beach Photography". So of course the search engines went there. I've been reading and learning a little from various sources about SEO-Search Engine Optimization- and I want to leave you with a single tip that will boost your ranking. It's incredibly easy. Title your picture file by what is in the picture plus your own name. The Google search spiders are only identifying words, not images. For instance calling my photo "girl_on_beach_steve_mcafee_photography_tampa.jpg" is a million times more effective than titling it "dsc.1123.jpg". Also call your blog post title what it is. Google search spiders don't understand clever wordplay or sarcasm. (yet)
Making this one small change to the way you post images and blog posts make the odds of your work showing up on searches infinitely better. More eyes on your work can't hurt.
See my work at Steve McAfee Photography www.stevepics.com.