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How to Optimize Images for Web and SEO

So Nealey now I have this – you know great new food blog and I’m taking all these delicious-looking pictures of food and restaurants. But how do I make sure that my content actually gets seen Yeah? There are so many different ways you can go about that, but we’re actually going to cover how to actually optimize your images for web and SEO here on The Journey. All right, fun facts with Nealey time did you know that images are the second most popular way to search after keywords? No, but that makes sense I mean people buy with their eyes right Absolutely so leveraging the power of images with your content is crucial And that’s why, if you want to really make your business stand out and be noticed, you have to leverage the power of images With your content, So there’s a lot that goes into it and I’m not going to do all the work for you.

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Come on, please help a girl out All right I’ll at least help you I’ll. Take you through your own website and show you at home a quick demo of how to optimize your images for web and SEO Perfect. Let’S do it Cool compromise, All right Alex. So, let’s check out some of the images on your website. So where do you go and upload your images, So I normally go to where it says: media Okay. So let’s check out some of the content that you’ve uploaded All right. So all burgers. I dig it. Nothing wrong with that. So let’s check out one of these images Cool, so I’m noticing some good things and noticing some not so good things, Let’s dive into this little bit. Okay, Alright! So we’ll start with a good Start with the positive right. So I do see here you have some of what’s called Alternative Text. Now, when Google or other search engines crawl your site, it can’t actually see this delicious burger.

All it sees is that it says image, It doesn’t know what to do with that. That’s where that alternative text comes in so this one you put awesome burgers, which is good. It’S descriptive shows exactly what it is, But I don’t see you have it on any of your other images, So you definitely want to write some type of description of what that is that way. It gets indexed by search engines because, like we said before, it is the second most popular way to search Okay. So every image gets its own alternative text Yeah, and you really want to describe it too, The more descriptive the better. This also helps for visually impaired people that are on your site that have screen readers. So if they’re on your site, it’ll have delicious burger it’ll have this or it’ll have that versus just going and saying image is not very helpful. You got to keep the site successful to Moving on to title. Your titles aren’t bad I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen the ones that are like screenshot dash this date dash blah. Again, that’s not really helpful. You want to be as descriptive as possible.

OK, So this one says beef dash blur dash bread and then some numbers. How do I make it better? So we can probably just get rid of the numbers Again. It has to be descriptive of what the image is all about. So beef dash blur dash bread that one’s fine You want to have those dashes in there , cause that’s what’s going to show up in the address bar It’s also something that Google kind of takes a look at as well, And then WordPress saves In real time, so as soon as I clicked off of that it saves So you kind of have the same trend here blur dash buns dash burger those numbers just get rid of the numbers All right. The next thing you really want to look at are the captions of the image themselves. The captions are one of the most read parts of a website so having something there again as descriptive as possible. Now, if you got this image elsewhere, usually caption has the source of where you got that image.

These are your photos and since you’re Alex eats food, so it’s yours there and then description same thing As descriptive as possible. The more descriptive, the more keywords you can add to your website’s images, the better you are going to be in search engines, so what would be a good example for a caption here, literally just really describe it Juicy delicious burger? I can’t type today I really can’t type today.

With tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and Dijon mustard sure, So it’s a pretty solid caption and I really cannot type today, Let’s add burger in there too, Oh yeah, maybe I guess Burger there. We go Nope, not there. Let’S put it right here, I’m struggling today, I’m just hungry. It’S about that time, A mustard burger

Juicy delicious mustard all right now with this. It’s not really optimizing it for SEO, but it is optimizing it for your website itself. Now. What you don’t want to do is have an image. That’S like 5000, with by 5000 height. It’S way too large. My screen is definitely not that big. You want to keep them condensed If they are pretty big, you can resize them on a computer and re-upload them. You can actually resize directly in WordPress by going to edit image and then right over here, there’s a new dimension. You can literally just type say I want this to be 800 widths. It will automatically constrain it down to 533.

Click scale and then It’ll shrink my image. So it’s not as large. You also use the plugin WP Smush, smush And it’ll basically do what exactly what that is. It’S going to smush your images, so they’re, not as large because also the faster your website is the better search results. You’ll come up with whether it’s text-based search results or image, search results, Good to know perfect. Well, thanks, so much Nealey. Hopefully, my great burger pictures will get seen a lot more now, Yeah Be sure to let us know in the comments below what kind of videos you want to see in the future Yeah and while you’re there make sure you smash that like button as always,

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