Metadata in your photographs to help improve SEO. Let your photos lead people to your site

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Software for adding metadata to photos for Mac
Software for adding metadata to photos for Mac | Source

What is metadata?

Metadata is data about the data. In other words it contains information, in the case of a photograph, about colour,camera used,speed and any other technical terms. With more access to technology, thanks to software developers, we can now add personalized data such as copyright information, description, location and keywords to the metadata file. For example, when you add images to websites such as Flikr, you might be asked to add tags,these are basically meta data in the form of keywords.

The use of meta data has become common due to the developments in digital technology.It is fundamental knowledge for both the beginner photographer and the professional.

See more on metadata here.

Infranview for Windows

Ifranview for photo editing on windows. Free software that gives photographs treatment in black and white, adjust contrast and brightness plus adding effects
Ifranview for photo editing on windows. Free software that gives photographs treatment in black and white, adjust contrast and brightness plus adding effects | Source

SEO for your photos with metadata?

As optimizing written content online is valued, images too play a great role in optimizing content by creating links to your other content or asserting ownership of the image. Keywords in images work just as well as in content. Think of how many times you have searched for images online for personal use or just research. The terms you entered led you to the images found and more often than not, these come from a website. The search engines scan the metadata of websites and images to give you the result. As such, if you have this information available, your image is more likely to turn up in search results.

This translates to two important things. The first being that your image has been copyrighted to you so you can claim it without too much dispute. The fact that you can also add the date of creation adds credibility to your ownership of it. The second is that, it leads traffic to your website, blog or online content through the association of keywords and titles such as author and description that you can personalize.


How do I incorporate metadata into my images?

1. If you have Photoshop CS3 or above, you will also have the image-viewing program called Bridge. This program has a metadata section that you can edit to your personal preference. It is very easy to use, comes for both Mac and PC and is available from Adobe

2. PNG Commentator-PNG stands for Picture network graphic. It is a format that saves transparency. You can convert jpeg files to PNG by using the Preview program on a Mac (Infraview for windows)

3. A Google search for image conversion and metadata will yield many useful results.

Photome -Free Software for metadata

PhotoME is a powerful tool to show and edit the meta data of image files. Thanks to the well organised layout and intuitive handling, it's possible to analyse and modify Exif and IPTC-NAA data as well as analyse ICC profiles - and it's completely FRE
PhotoME is a powerful tool to show and edit the meta data of image files. Thanks to the well organised layout and intuitive handling, it's possible to analyse and modify Exif and IPTC-NAA data as well as analyse ICC profiles - and it's completely FRE | Source

PhotoMe-Metadata editing for Windows

PhotoMe is free software for editing your metadata on Windows. It is a bit tricky to get used to the interface but once you have grasped how to add extra fields such as copyright and keywords,it is a breeze to use.

There are screen shots available on the PhotoMe website that will guide you through the process.You can go directly to the site from here-PhotoMe Website

Watch brief tutorial on how to use Photome for SEO

Easy and fast way

To include data on a photograph on the file you can simply work with the title of the image. Usually an image is assigned numbers and letters as default. For example you can have your camera outputting IMG_0001.jpeg etc. You can edit this to Title_Author_date_etc. Your file would then be named, e.g Myphoto_Victor_Mavedzenge_6_september_2011. This ensures that your image is picked up with all your details and keywords that may lead to your other content. You may also name an image according to the article you want to use it in. Image_MetadataHub_Victor_Mavedzenge_2011_Copyright. Please note I am using underscores (Access this by holding down the shift button and then pressing the hyphen ) because if you leave spaces itthe title would look rather ugly as in Image%?MetadataHub%00Victor%0Mavedzenge%02011%0Copyright .

I hope you find this piece on metadata for SEO improvement useful. Any suggestions are most welcome in the comments section below.

Tutorial :How to add tags to your photos

How to add Tags to photos using Photome. See Tutorial Here

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I will have to check this out.I'm not sure which software would work best on my PC, number 1 or 3. I've bookmarked this.


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Temirah 5 years ago

Definitely useful - I've always wondered what metadata is and your explanation was really clear. I'm also always looking for good ways to improve my sites' SEO so this is a hub for saving to the 'useful' file! Thank you.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Flora. I will post an update and let you know once I have tested them out on a PC. Thanks for passing by.I hope i find you well.

@Temirah. You are most welcome. It is amazing how much traffic is generated by image searches. Would be good to capitalize on each image you upload anywhere!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

This is new to me. Thanks for sharing.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I am saving this in my bookmarks for future reference. Thank you for writing this - a very informative blog! Cheers.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Alladream. Thanks for sharing this information. I have been using this method and it works well. Voted up, up and away!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Dexter.Thanks for the reassurance.Good to know it works

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