How to Use Photos to Increase Search Engine Visibility

I choose to read the old school way
I choose to read the old school way | Source

A picture can tell a thousand words, but a few words can change its story.”

- Sebastyne Young


I looked high and low to find a quote that related to pictures and words without using the one we’ve heard all our lives. You know which one I’m talking about.

Pictures have a place in the literary world, but not in all literary places. For instance, you rarely – if ever – find photos in a novel. Why? Because the author wants his words to paint the pictures that are seen by the reader’s imaginative eye.

Novels enjoy the luxury of side-stepping search engine optimization. Whether you read books with an electronic device or the old school way, as I do, SEO has nothing to do with why you read your favorite authors. Our bookcases are completely oblivious to Google, Bing, Yahoo or any other robotic measures when selecting whose novels adorn the shelves of our home libraries.

Are you aware that photos can be optimized for SEO?

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  • Yes, but I haven't bothered.
  • No, this is news to me!
  • No, but I'll keep reading to see what I've been missing.
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Until You Earn Best-Selling Author Status

The truth of the matter is, even if you are working on a novel, the bills have to be paid. Not many of us become a huge success with our first authorial efforts. If you’ve chosen writing as your life path, you more than likely are writing online content to tide you over until you make the big time. Whether you write for outside clients, mills or yourself, most of what you pen ends up online.

Since much of what is sought by online searchers is of an informative or instructional nature, having pictures accompany your text is key to keeping the reader on your page. Photos help drive the point home. They bring understanding to the reader. It's quite difficult to picture something in your mind if you're not familiar with the subject or are yearning to learn something new. Most of us learn by seeing and doing. Photos allow how-to and why-for posts to sink into the readers' minds. Your photos need to be as carefully choreographed as your words.

Enter SEO.

The goal is to increase readership, sales and reputation. If you’ve been at this for any length of time, you know that your work must be recognized and ranked by the search engines or you might as well get a day job. When a client hires you to maintain their blog or post articles on their website, you’d better be giving them an increased return on investment (ROI) or they’ll find another writer who’s more effective. Same for your own business; if you’re not ranking on the first two pages of Google, someone else is enjoying the profits that could be going into your bank account.

I’m not going to harangue you with how to achieve good SEO results. You’ve heard it until you’re blue in the face. Besides, there are plenty of tutorials and forums available online that go into great detail on that issue.

This article addresses how photos can increase the search engine visibility of your online posts.

First let me show you a photo I’ve been dying to use.

Pretty cool, huh?
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Pretty cool, huh? I call this my Donald Duck tree. Well, it’s not exactly my tree – it lives across the street from me.

I’m going to show you step-by-step how to optimize this photo (or any photo) for online use. In order to do so, let’s suppose this article is all about the Donald Duck tree. It’s necessary for me to intertwine something about this tree in order for Google to not raise its robotic eyebrows at me and give me the proverbial WTF??

A feathered friend who found refuge in my yard from the cold winter
A feathered friend who found refuge in my yard from the cold winter | Source
Surveying my garden
Surveying my garden | Source
An oak was smiling at me
An oak was smiling at me | Source

A Little Story About the Donald Duck Tree

It was a day like any other. After feeding the cats, I poured a cup of coffee and went outside to enjoy my morning wake-up juice. The neighborhood was a-flutter with the annual influx of birds seeking refuge from the cold winter up north.

Aside from the symphony provided by Nature’s feathered friends, the morning was quiet. The birds sang of peace, keeping me company as the cobwebs slowly lifted from my sleepy mind.

With coffee in hand, I arose from my perch on the porch to stretch my legs and survey the garden. My back was to the road but I could feel a presence. I turned, expecting to find a neighbor walking his dogs. Nope. No one was there. Then I saw it. One of the oaks across the street was smiling at me! What the….?

I set my coffee cup on the bistro and swiftly went inside to grab my camera. Crossing the street, I couldn’t help but marvel at Mother Nature’s artistry. Out of a knot in the tree, some sort of mushroom had grown. The mushroom had a top and bottom lip – at least that’s what it looked like. The tree was grinning at me! After taking several shots, I deemed this tree with lips to be my Donald Duck tree.

For several days the beautiful oak greeted me with a smile. Then its smile faded and disappeared all together. I was left with a sense of sadness and wondered why, after all these years, the tree chose now to show me it has a personality.

Perhaps Donald Duck will return next winter and share his story with me.

Okay, I hear you dear readers. You’re thinking I’ve lost my mind or – at the very least – my ability to spin a tale. This was very impromptu and serves only as the setting for what I’m about to show you.

Let’s move on, shall we?

How to Optimize Photos for SEO Purposes

Using a back door technique, your photos can be recognized by Google. Combined with the keywords in your online posts, what I’m about to show you will allow your photos to be “read” by the search engines, thus increasing ranking.

  1. Choose a photo from your pictures library. Right click on it.
  2. From the drop down menu click on properties.

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3. On the General tab (default tab) rename the photo if needed.

4. Click on the Details tab. You’ll see several categories: description, origin, image, etc.

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5. Hover your mouse over each “value” area on the right. You’ll see a box appear where you can rename what’s in there as default. Change the names accordingly and add keywords you want to rank for in the “tags” box.

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6. Add your author name. If this is someone else’s photo, give it proper (legal) attribution. Click OK. This will save the changes you made to the photo.

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7. Upload your photo to the article you’re working on.


Note: be sure to go through the process again if you choose to use the optimized photo in an unrelated article.

There are two areas I did not optimize because I don’t want to confuse Google with this tutorial. However, if I had written an article about the Donald Duck tree I would have also done the following:

  • Give the pic a 5 star rating. This is found in the Description area under the Details tab.
  • In the comments section, copy/paste your entire article. Again, I didn’t do this because the photo I used was for instructional purposes only.

Below is a video taking you through the process. I suggest you take the time to watch it, as it is more comprehensive than what I’ve shown you here.

This attorney talks about using photos in online posts

Conclusion

Optimizing your photos is a great way to boost your articles’ SEO ranking. Make sure the photos relate to your article and only use this practice when you are including original photos that you own.

When you pull pictures from the web, use creative commons images and attribute them properly. Do not attempt to optimize them with the tactics presented in this article. Remember, you are borrowing them; you do not own them. Don’t try to fool the search engines or you might find yourself in a heap of trouble.

I hope you found this article informative. If you choose to optimize your photos (and you should) I’d love for you to come back and let me know if your newly optimized articles are enjoying higher rankings than those you've previously posted.

Happy ranking!

Peace,

Bravewarrior



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Vickiw 2 years ago

Bravewarrior - this is a revelation to me! Thank you so much, what a lovely, helpful Hub. I can't wait to write now and see what happens! I'll be sure to tell you! Bookmarked this , and voted up, UABI.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Vicki, have a glass of wine on me for being the first to comment! I learned of this SEO trick through one of the beaucoup webinars I've attended. I was pretty excited about it and meant to share this long ago.

I'll be interested in knowing whether or not optimizing your photos increases your page rankings.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my sweet friend!


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

great piece! one which i will use to outwit everyone on hubpages! just kidding, but thanks for the great info, I am a photographer full-time and didn't even know all of this! can't wait to see the results :)


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Well, who the heck knew? LOL TYVM TYVM TYVM TYVM

I have a lot of work ahead of me. :(

Truly, Thanks Shauna


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kathleen, this should really help boost your online posts. I didn't know you're a photographer. How exciting! Your profession gets you out from in front of the computer screen. You have so much to see, smell and touch! I'd love to know if you notice a difference in your posts after implementing SEO into your photos.

Oftentimes, I'll Google "photos" or "images of..." for whatever I'm writing about on my blog. This tactic will allow your photos to be included in searches if you label them for the keywords you want to rank for. Please come back and let me know if you've seen a difference.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Rachael! I have to tell you it took me a minute to figure out that TYMV means "thank you very much". I can be such a dork sometimes! LOL.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Geez, Shauna, I thought I typed it wrong when I read your answer of TYMV. lol


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

No, you didn't, I did! Holy Moly, I've been looking at this screen for too long!!! :-)


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

Yes, this is bookmarked, voted up and shared.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Very cool, ologsinquito. I've not seen you before. I'm honored that this post has brought you into my HP corner. Welcome!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

A perfect tutorial, Sha. You have shared such important info and made us all that much more aware....even gave a photographer some news!

Thanks for the time and effort you put forth here.....I'm sure you will have helped many an aspiring writer! Great Job, Sha....Up++Pinned & tweeted.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm very aware of this for the articles I write for customers. I do it on a daily basis. For HP, I couldn't care less. LOL Let the SEO gods be damned. One has to be a rebel sometimes, right? Right!

Great information for the uninformed, Sha!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, when I first found about this, I was completely ignorant to the option. Most of what we're taught about using photos is to properly attribute those that we pull off the web. Once I was shown this tactic, I felt the need to share with my struggling online writers.

Thanx for sharing. We all need to be in the know!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow, Bill. I had to click "not spam" before I could approve your comment. You must have pissed someone off - certainly not me!

I'm glad you are aware of this tactic. It was news to me when I learned of it a couple of months ago. My purpose with this post is to share the information I've gained. It will help those who write online for serious income. It may boost passive income as well.

Bottom line is, I like to share what I've learned about this complex online world.


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

Thats awesome! As soon as I am not feeling lazy I will go tackle my photography portfolio :) AH! This is the coolest thing Ive read in awhile! Im so excited, and SUCH a NERD!

After I make the changes, do they need to be all reuploaded wherever I put them online? Or will the changes just happen like magic? This could take awhile

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kathleen, you'll have to re-upload and re-post. Remember, if you use a particular photo in more than one post, you'll have to change the info in properties before uploading to each one. It may seem arduous, but it should pay off.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Very helpful information that I sure didn't know. Thanks for cluing us in, Sha! Voting up +++ and sharing.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I thought is was pretty exciting and valuable information to share, Flourish. It's hard enough to make any money online as a writer. Hopefully, putting this information to use will help those of us who are online but don't have products (other than the written word) to sell. Of course, it will greatly help those who do have products and provide pictures of them in their online stores.


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prey 2 years ago from places you should hope we never meet

Oh girl! Not only did I love the honesty, but also thank you for that entire amount of detail, which I learned very much from. Can't imagine the amount of work that went into this. So thank you very much and bookmarked!

cheers

kimberly


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I learned so much here, Sha! Bless you for sharing your knowledge with all of us here. It is much appreciated for sure by me. I had no clue as to any of this and will certainly give it a try. I love your photos!!! Your garden is lovely from what I can tell here.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Thank you thank you thank you.I learned something new this morning. I was under the impression that the name of an image was all that was needed.Your photos were very inspiring and so was your story about the duck tree. Voted up and shared


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Sha,

I was unaware of this and generally do use my own photos. I thought just writing captions and my url in the HP photo capsules was enough to get them in the search engines.

Thanks for the valuable info.

By the way, I loved your Donald Duck Tree story-- it reminded me of my own walking adventures where I happen upon the most delightful and whimsical things in nature. It's amazing what you see when you take the time to really appreciate and observe your surroundings.

Voted up across the board.

Sending Blessings, Hugs & Love,

Gail


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kimberly, you're so welcome! I'm glad you found this useful. Have a wonderful day, my friend!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, I didn't know about this until a couple of months ago. Who knew, right? I sit for a lot of webinars. Sometimes they actually teach you something before they hit you with the pitch. Thanx for sharing!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, you use so many of your own photos, this information should really come in handy. I'm glad you liked my little duck tree story. The oak grew its bill overnight. I thought it was so cool. I'm glad I finally found a way to use the photo. It's been burning a hole in my pictures folder for months!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Gail, Mother Nature really gives us some treasures, doesn't she? It's amazing to see what she comes up with, seemingly on a whim. Of course, I'm sure that's not the case, but Nature truly is amazing.

I was under the same impression as you about the photos. Live and learn.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Faith I just shared your hub on a skype-chatroom to do with networking. I've done what you suggested with my first photo for the next hub. It's again more work but gosh if I only have known this before! I've learned so much already about all different topics from hub members who share their knowledge on hub-pages. Not to mention that it's shared for FREE!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, you mean Shauna right? Thanx for sharing this hub. I'm a firm believer in helping other writers by passing on the knowledge I gain. That's what's so great about this community. We're supportive of each other and love sharing.

Have a great day! Can't wait to read your next hub.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

What good information. I'm always in the properties of my photos but didn't realize all of this. Thanks for sharing now I'm going to share this. Voted up.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Moonlake, I never knew the Properties area could be manipulated. It's nice that today's digital cameras recognize the meaning of SEO.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

valid suggestion brv


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Yes, indeed sujaya.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Nope, I sure didn't know. I will see if I can do this with my blog photos. Thanks!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Rebecca. You do all your own photography, don't you?


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LCDWriter 2 years ago from Florida

I was completely unaware of this until just the moment. What an extremely helpful and useful article you have written here. I will definitely play around with this advice and am bookmarking it for the future. Voted up!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

LCD, I hope you watched the video. It tells you to copy/paste your entire article in the comments area of the details page for your photos. I'll have to test that out the next time a post a hub with a single subject.

You can use it when you start blogging for Disney! :-)


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LCDWriter 2 years ago from Florida

Looks like I've got some editing to do!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I really hope you contact Disney, LCD (what's your name, anyway?). You would be a tremendous asset to help boost tourism to the parks.


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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers. I'm bookmarking this hub on search engine optimizing the photos of my own that I use in a hub.


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LCDWriter 2 years ago from Florida

L.C. David and I really appreciate the encouragement. I'm thinking about how I might go about this.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I'm so glad you found this helpful, B. Haven't seen you in forever and a year. So nice of you to stop by! I found this information phenomenal and just had to share it with my fellow writers.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

L. C., do you follow billybuc? He's a wealth of information and is very willing to help his writer friends. He's been a tremendous help to me and has become a dear friend. He posted a hub a while back about how to write a query letter. Of course, you could always find out who to contact at Disney and give them a call. Let me know if I can help you.


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LCDWriter 2 years ago from Florida

Yes, I love reading billybuc's articles. I will look up his query letter one.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Cool. You can always email him or call him. He's awesome!


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Amanda108 2 years ago from Michigan, United States

It's rare I come across a blogging tip I hadn't heard of - this was completely new information to me! Bookmarking it to return to for later re-reading and voted up!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I've run out of energy for writing this past while but I really found this interesting. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Voting way up.


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Sherry Hewins 2 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I always give my photos a relevant name, but I didn't know about all the rest. Thanks for this important info.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Amanda, I'm tickled I was able to provide unique information for you. You're right - you don't see this info out there. It must be a safely-guarded secret. That is until now!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pamela, you're so welcome. I hope your writing energy returns soon. We all need a break from time to time. I get it.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sherry, I didn't know either. Just goes to show ya that we're never too old to learn!


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georgescifo 2 years ago from India

I agree with the facts and for me also the images have worked very well in improving my website's overall search engine performance.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Awesome, Georgesifo! That's proof in the pudding.


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georgescifo 2 years ago from India

You are right bravewarrior..


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grandmapearl 2 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

I never fail to learn great things from you, my friend! This is super information I will put to use right away. Thank you so much for writing this article for all of us who wish to obtain higher rankings in the powerful search engines ;) Pearl


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pearl, you're welcome my friend.

I was thinking of you this morning. I was listening to the cardinals sharing their succinct, petite one-syllable chirps. It amazes me that their sound is so delicate. You'd think they'd have a more boisterous voice to match their brilliant color. Anyway, whenever I hear the birds, I think of you.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

This is such an informative article and I have marked it for future reference. Most of this was new to me and you explained the steps quite well. I like your tree picture also! Thanks for writing such an awesome article that is helpful to most of us.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pamela, I'm so glad you found this useful. It's amazing how many tools we have at our disposal!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for this well-needed advice, Shauna! Optimizing my pictures has never crossed my mind. Duh!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I wouldn't have known about optimizing photos if it weren't for the many webinars I sit in on. The more I learn the more I see there is to learn! I promise to share what I find beneficial to our writing efforts.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi bravewarrior, you are a genius! lol! I am going to bookmark this, and share it all over! Nice one! and thanks so much, nell


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

Wow--copy the WHOLE ARTICLE into the "comments??!!" I had no idea any of what you described was possible to start with, but that particular instruction really stunned me! Some of my articles are over 1500 words, some over 2,000! Most 'comment' boxes are character-delimited. I wonder why that works?

And, if you have multiple photos in the same article, are you to copy the entire article over and over for each photo? Gosh. Sounds like duplication flags would kick in.

But then, I never claimed to be any kind of techie. ... ;-) Voted up, interesting and useful.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

I have come to realize the power of images completely by accident. Every once in a while I have found one of my homemade images being used on someone's else's blog post or Facebook thread. I never really understood they can be optimized, however, and so I'll bookmark your post so that I can play around with this a little. Great hub!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This is all new to me Shauna. Wow! Very interesting.


bob 2 years ago

When I click on the properties tab of any of my pics all I get is a general tab and a summary tab...there is no details tab, or security tab or previous versions tab like in your demo.


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ComfortB 2 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

This is a wealth of information that, if done well, will go a long way to help our article rankings. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading and learning something new.

Voted up and useful.


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

I wish I had known this a couple of years ago! This is so informative and interesting. I don't think I want to go back to all of the many photos I have in HP articles and make the changes, but I'm definitely going to try revamping a few and will be much more aware in the future. Thanks so much!


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daborn7 2 years ago from California

I just got a Nikon DSLR camera and I am learning how to take my own, better pictures. I plan to use the information that you just provided on all of my future photos. Thanks for sharing!


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia

This is new to me and will certainly follow your advice. Thanks for sharing.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, I wish I could take credit for being the genius on this one, but I learned it from a webinar. I used the tactic for the first time on my blog yesterday. I'm curious to see if it helps the ranking of my post.

Thank you for passing this on!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

DzMsLizzy, I wondered the same thing. And what if there are outbound links in the post? What I did with the photo I posted on my blog yesterday was copy the text in the area in which I placed the photo. I didn't copy the whole article.

I both examples I saw regarding adding the entire article, only one photo was used. I recommend just copying the text that pertains to each picture. That way the keywords are relevant to the individual shots and won't be seen as keyword stuffing.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mel, I would advise putting your name or URL in the author's box in the details section. I'd also go into the posts that used your picture and click on the pic. See where it leads you. Does it attribute the photo to you? Then I'd contact the author and ask for proper attribution or removal if they refuse. Unless, of course it doesn't bother you to have your photos used on other people's posts.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

It was news to me too, Jodah. I thought it worthy of sharing with my HP pals.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bob, what version of Windows are you using? And what type of camera? I have an Olympus FE47 with only a 5X zoom and it has all the tabs shown in this tutorial. In fact the pic I feature in this was taken with that camera. My OS is Windows 7.

I don't know what to tell you other than to see if you can find something online about your camera.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Comfort B, I'm happy you learned something from this article. That's what I was aiming for! Thanx for reading and commenting.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Stephanie, I wouldn't want to go back and tweak my previous hubs either. What a task that would be! I'm using the information moving forward. It will be interesting to compare rankings then versus now.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Daborn7, what perfect timing! New info with new technology. Have fun with it!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Greatstuff! Love your pen name, by the way.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Ha, love the duck-bill tree. That's so funny. Great tips here though, nice hub!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

WiccanSage, I was hoping I'd get to use that photo somewhere. Thankfully, the opportunity presented itself.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Sha,

Like you, this is a keeper... a tutorial filled with valuable reference information.

You are blowing me away with your technical diligence and competence in photography, video and all that is technological these days.

I was happy to see that Jo Goldsmith gave you a "nod" in her 3-year anniversary hub!! Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hey, Maria! I missed the 'nod'. I'll have to check out Jo's hub. Thanx for the heads up and the kind words, my friend!


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

Great information. I learn something new from this hub. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up and success for you. Cheers :-)

Prasetio


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Prasetio, you're very welcome. It's always good to learn something new. Thanx for stopping by.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Shauna, you have provided valuable information for writers and I thank you. I went through the process and found your directions easy to follow. I will be using this in all future writing articles. Thank you. Voted way up!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Dianna, I'm glad the instructions were easy for you. One thing I would suggest is, when adding multiple photos, copy/paste the text that relates to each photo in the comments section rather than the entire article. Also, don't include any hyperlinks that appear in your text. That way you can avoid Google thinking you're keyword stuffing.


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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is so cool! I had NO idea! I went through your instructions with one of my photos and it was really so easy. I will be doing this from now on! Thank you so much! Up and more!!! Pinning this to my photography board too! :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Awesome, Sheila! It is easy to do. The hard part will be remembering to change the info when our photos are used in different articles.


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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I have not been doing this with my photos! Thank you for teaching me this method.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Jeannie! Pretty neat trick, huh?


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WestelCS 2 years ago

This is a very nicely explained and well-written article. I'm glad to find this informative and interesting hub and learn about all this stuff. It can be of great use for future purposes. Thanks.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

WestelCS, I just read a blog post that says you can do the same thing with PDFs. How cool is that? I think from now on it would behoove us to check properties of anything we upload to see if we have the same option.

Thank you for stopping by. It's much appreciated!


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is so cool! Thank you for this very useful tutorial. I am certainly applying your tips and useful info.

Thank you for sharing. Well written, well explained.

Voting up+++ and absolutely sharing.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're very welcome, Cris. You know it's odd - this post has received higher grades from HP than a product review I wrote that has over 18,000 views! Go figure...


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Hi Bravewarrior

Apologises for the delay. I seem to be really struggling with my time just now... I need at least another four hours in every day!

I didn't know about this. Thank you for sharing and making my learning curve a bit easier. I have bookmarked.

Really helpful and I did love your photo!

Anna :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

No apologies necessary, Anna. I know what you mean about not having enough hours in the day.

I'm glad you found this helpful my friend!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Just came back to say my daily readings have gone well up! not sure if its all down to doing this or Google and that panda, but my daily views has gone up double and a half! Woo hoo! thanks!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, I'm so happy for you! You've been posting pretty regularly, so I'd like to think implementing this additional SEO tactic is working for you. Whoo hoo! You're the first one who has come in to give an update. Hooray for you! I'd love to hear from others as well.

Congrats my friend!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is truly a hub that I'm happy to have read today. With so many photos posted to my hubs, blog and elsewhere, this represents such a monumental task that it will take a while to finish. Distinctly different from most of the SEO tips I read, this article provided some useful tips that I'll actually use. Thank you so much.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for this very useful lesson. Saving it for reference and voting up. My most important find for this week.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Dora. I'll warn you - it takes time to get all the info into each photo, but it's worth it. And don't forget to watermark your photos so you have a leg to stand on if someone steals them!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hey, Peg. Sorry I didn't respond until now. For some reason HP had your comment marked as spam so they didn't notify me. Silly HP! How could a hubber's comment be considered spammy?

I'm glad you found this tip useful. I'm not going to bother going into previous posts to do this for my photos, but I am doing it moving forward. As you say, it would be a monumental task to go back into every photo posted here, there, and everywhere else.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Sounds like a great way for people who take their own photos and own a PC to benefit. Since that latest Panda attack I could use some sort of pick me up . . . very useful and instructive. Voted up!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Au fait, every little bit helps. Photos can be used for SEO purposes by the methods shown above. I try to use my own photos whenever possible so I was thrilled to learn of this little trick. Thanx for reading!


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

That was a REALLY useful and interesting hub. I have thousands of photos and I like to use them to illustrate what I write about. I will now optimise them for SEO. I had no idea about this.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Question: I used to use my URL on my photos, but then I read somewhere that HP doesn't like that. Now I just note the photo is by me. I just wrote a new Hub and used my own photos. Should I use my URL?

I bookmarked this Hub. I need more time to catch on cause I'm a slow learner.

Voted UP and shared.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Very cool, Meg. Sorry it took so long to get back with you. HP marked your comment as spam. I fixed it, tho.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, I implemented what I learned in my latest blog post, where I only used my own photos. In the details section of properties, I put my name in as author. I also put my name on the photos themselves. I used my name, not my URL. Google may see using your URL as self-promotion. It also may be confusing to have your URL point to the URL in which the pix are posted. I would just use your name. That way, if someone tries to use your pix elsewhere, the rightful owner has been named. You own them - not your website.

I hope I've answered your question.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Yes, thank you so much for your answer. I see now how you named your photos on this Hub. I try to watermark my photos in small print when I remember!

I plan on going back later tonight and reread your instructions here. The print in the video is too small for my old eyes to read.

Thanks again for your help, Mary


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Amazing information. I will try it once or twice with your instructions and then I will watch the video if I fail. Thanks for a great hub.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, I used Paint to add my name to the photos I used in my blog post. I didn't do it for this article. When you add your name, choose an obscure area of the pic and change the font color to blend in with the background. That way it's not distracting but is there showing it's yours. I also put the copyright symbol before my name on each of the pics.

Mary, click on each of the tutorial pix in this article to see a larger view.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pamela, you're so welcome. Let me know if I can help. You should be fine once you get into the Details section of Properties. You'll see which lines you can edit and which ones you can't.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Very useful information, thank you for sharing this. the instructions are clear and easy to follow.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Vellur. I'm glad you found the instructions easy to follow. I hope you put them to good use!


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Sunardi 2 years ago from Indonesia

Good tutorial. It's hard for me to get a lot of traffic. But, what about using picture from wikimedia commons and flicker?


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sunardi, this is only for your own photos. The others don't belong to you, therefore you can't attribute them as your own. This tutorial verifies ownership and helps your content and photos rank with Google.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Never knew that this could be done. Thank you for such a helpful tip:)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, grand old lady. I didn't know it either until I sat in on a webinar. Now I do this with all my original photos when I post.


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Radcliff 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

So true, Sha. Photos have become a crucial part of SEO, especially now that social media "sharability" is a key player in the online writing game. Thanks for the great info!


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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for the tips, Sha!! Photos are indeed vital for SEO!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Definitely some important and useful SEO tips here about photos. With the many pictures I've been putting out there, I have an enormous task ahead of me to fix them up and add my information. Thank you so much for this really helpful instructional material. I watched Nate's video, too. Bookmarked and voted way up.


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

I'm back to say I liked your message. Keep talking up SEO strategies. A little can can a long way over time to help and it doesn't have to take a long time or be complicated.


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Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a clever hub about what images can do to a hub. As you know I love creating images for my articles. I must work some more on the naming of them, so they come up in Google to do with that paragraph. Thanks!


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

Radcliff, I'm just now seeing your comment and many others as well. HP has marked them as spam. I apologize.

I'm glad you found this useful. I employ these tactics whenever posting original photos. I hope you do the same.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

Michelle, you're so welcome. I apologize for HP thinking your comment was spam. I have no idea why they would make that assumption.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, again I feel the need to apologize for HP's assumptions. Your comment is in no way spam, yet that's what they deemed and I'm just now seeing your comment because I was notified of someone else's comment (which wasn't marked as spam by the HP algorithms).

I appreciate your comment and hope this info will serve you well moving forward.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, I apologize for not responding sooner. HP didn't notify me of your subsequent comment because they labeled it "spam".

SEO rules are constantly changing. However, putting your info in the Preferences of your photos can only protect you if they are ever challenged.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, these tactics not only increase your visibility but claim ownership. Go into any photo you see online, right click and see what is inside Properties. We need to protect ourselves and our rights. You especially. Your graphics are unique to you. Make sure they're not used elsewhere without your permission.


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Margaret Schindel 16 months ago from Massachusetts

Shauna, I thought I knew how to optimize my photos for SEO before reading your hub. Now I understand how little I really knew about this topic. Thanks for such a wonderful and useful tutorial!


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Chantelle Porter 15 months ago from Chicago

Very helpful article. I'm new here and I really learned a lot. Thanks!


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bravewarrior 15 months ago from Central Florida Author

Margaret, I apologize for just now seeing this. You're very welcome. I'm glad you found this tutorial helpful. I like to pass on the tips and tricks I learn on my little journeys.


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bravewarrior 15 months ago from Central Florida Author

Welcome, Chantelle! It's nice to see a new face. There's lots of great people here on HP!

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