Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

SEO-tips-melbourneImages on a website can make the user experience a more memorable one, but they also need to be read and understood by Search Engines. This, of course, is in addition to the images loading quickly and being optimised for the web, with the goal to reduce the file size as much as possible, without sacrificing too much in terms of image quality.

Google and other Search Engines are basically visually impaired, so in order to be beneficial for SEO purpose, it’s important to ensure your images are correctly formatted and have the relevant file names and ALT tags that help Search Engines understand what they are.

When images are downloaded from a camera,they often have a meaningless file name such as IMG00015r, so give them a new file name that’s relevant and descriptive, making it easier for search engines to understand them, e.g. Web-Services-Melbourne.JPG

Alternative text is used to highlight and identify an image when you hover over it with your mouse cursor. It also shows as text to all users when there are problems rendering the image. By including Alternative Text or Alt Text you can describe the content of your picture to a Search Engine.

 

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Example of ALT text

Because Images are an important part of Search Engine Optimisation, here is a checklist to help.

Image Optimisation Checklist:

  • Do your image file names contain keywords or relevant text?
  • Do you have alt text for all images on your website?
  • Do the alt text for images on your website contain keywords?

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Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

SEO Basics – Heading Tags

SEO-tips-melbourneUnlike Title Tags and Description Tags, which are visible on a Search Engine Results page, a Heading Tag is visible on the web page, it will usually be the largest text that stands out.

In comparison to normal text its shown more like this:

This is a Heading 

 

It is important from Search Engine point of view as Search Engines may acquire the information about the page from the heading tag, especially h1 tag.

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Example of h1 Heading Tag

There is no character limit to a heading tag but it is normal to keep it as short as possible, to capture the visitor’s eye. To help with the SEO, the heading tag should contain your targeted keyword. It is also recommended that the keyword is placed towards the start of the heading tag.
You can have more than one heading tag on a page, but it should be in a hierarchy of h1 to h6.

Heading Tag Optimisation Checklist:

  • Do you have a h1 tag on each web page?
  • Do you have your targeted keyword in the h1 tag and is it placed towards the beginning of the tag?
  • Is the heading tag content unique?

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Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

Official: Google’s top 3 ranking factors for websites

In a rare admission, just last week, Google has confirmed the top three ranking signals in Google’s search ranking algorithm, for which it ranks websites.

In a question and answer session on YouTube, Google’s Andrey Lipattsev, the Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google revealed Google’s most important website ranking factors:

1 & 2. Links that point to your website and the website content (are equally important)

3. RankBrain (Google’s new machine learning technology)

Now whilst this may come as no surprise to many in SEO circles, what was surprising was the fact that Google’s Andrey Lipattsev straight out answer with little hesitation. Generally Google, most often when asked about their ranking Algorithms will answer in a very round about, non-specific way! It’s nice to have a straight answer and confirmation!

RankBrain was disclosed as the third most important ranking signals which is a new method Google uses to interpret a “very large fraction” of the search queries they see every day, using artificial intelligence to try to guess what a searcher’s query is referring to.

And whilst there are hundreds of signals Google uses in its search ranking algorithm, the equal top two; links and content are keys that anyone who wants their website to rank for should initially focus on.

Here’s the full YouTube video, what was said re above can be found at the 30 minute mark. (Just fast-forward if you want!)

 

Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

SEO Basics – URLs

SEO-tips-melbourneA URL or Uniform Resource Locator is readable text that was designed to replace the numbers (IP addresses, e.g. 101.182. 59.77) that computers use to communicate with web servers.

It’s the main text that describes an online document and usually targets keywords present in the content of the web page and helps return relevant pages with Search Engines.

http://www.asphaltmelbourne.com.au/asphalt-driveways-melbourne/

Example of a URL

The URLs on website say a lot about a site’s architecture and often is considered important for SEO as well as usability.

URLs describe a site or page to visitors and search engines. They should ideally be as descriptive but as brief as possible. By keeping the URL accurate, relevant and compelling helps ranking well with Search Engines.

Keep the URLs clean and fill them with keywords or words that aptly describe the content.

URLs Optimisation Checklist:

  • Do you have short and clean URLs?
  • Do you have keywords in your URLs placed towards the beginning?
  • Do you use hyphens in URLs to separate words where necessary for readability. (Hyphens are preferred to underscores)?
  • Avoid using special characters in your URLs. Specifically avoid using commas, semicolons, colons, spaces, quotes, etc. in your URLs.

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Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

Google’s latest changes – the impact for SEO & PPC

Google-Changes-Imapct on SEO-PPC

 

Confirmed: 4 Adverts at the top of the Google Search Engine Results Pages!

Google has just confirmed in the last few days it will stop showing ads on the right side of desktop search results worldwide.

Instead, an additional fourth advert (PPC) may show above the organic search results and may appear for some highly commercial and large volume queries.

The impact on organic SEO is significant, as with four ads on the top a Search Engine Results Page, the organic results will likely be pushed below the fold and down the page!

For the past few months, Google has been testing Search Engine Results Pages (SERP’s) with 4 ads at the top of the page (Previously, the top ad block had between 1 to 3 ads).

It’s understood Google will continue to make tweaks, but this is designed for highly commercial and high volume search queries where the layout is able to provide more relevant results for people searching and better performance for advertisers.

The elimination of right-side ads impacts all desktop searches worldwide. The removal of all right-side ads obviously makes the desktop and mobile search results more similar, since mobile doesn’t support the right-hand column. On mobile, though, Google typically shows, at present, either two or three ads at the top of the search results.

In addition to having a big impact on organic search results, it’s almost certain the average CPC’s (Cost Per Click) will almost certainly rise as advertisers compete for the top positions.

 

Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

SEO Basics – Description Tags

SEO-tips-melbourneThe Description Tag (also known as Meta Description) is very important for potential visitors to encourage them to visit your web site and is commonly used on Search Engine Results pages (SERPs) to display preview snippets for a given page.

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Example of a Description Tag as seen in Search Engine Results Page

Whilst Description Tags are no longer officially a ranking factor they are extremely important in gaining user click-through.

The Description Tags should use keywords intelligently, but more importantly, create a compelling description that a searcher will want to click. The description should optimally be between 150-160 characters with spaces.

Description Tag Optimisation Checklist:

• Does your Description Tag contain your targeted keywords?
• Is your Description Tag content between 150-160 characters with spaces?
• Does your Description content help users understand better what your web page is about?
• If relevant to your web page does it include a phone number?
• Is your Description Tag content unique?

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