Images and SEO for Website and Blog Owners
One thing that website or blog owners commonly overlook is the importance of images in their articles, stories and other posts.
Having good high quality images that are relevant to the content that is on the page that the image is put on can improve the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your website or blog
One key reason that images can affect the SEO for a website or blog is that the major search engines, especially Google, have made changes to the indexing algorithms lately to give websites and blogs that have images higher rankings in their search results pages.
Are images important for SEO?
There is a lot of speculation as to how many images vs. how much textual content is optimum and to be completely honest, nobody but the search engine algorithm programmers and management know exactly what the ration is. We do know that images of higher quality do get a bigger bump in search results pages as stated by the search engine representatives themselves.
Another key reason that images are good for SEO is the fact that people love to see images when they are looking at website or blog pages so they will spend more time on a given site and view more pages of that site. This shows the search engine websites that people like those pages so in return they will rank them higher in their search results pages.
There are a couple of factors when adding images to the content of your website or blog that you must take into consideration though. The first factor to think about is how relevant the images that you add to your pages are to the other content on that particular page. If they are just random images that have nothing to do with the rest of the pages content then people will be turned off by the whole page and more than likely, never return to it and perhaps, the entire site.
The second factor to consider is the quality of the images that you put on your website or blogs pages. People want to see high quality images when they are looking at pages on a site, and not some cheap highly grainy low quality images that just look like they were scraped (copied from) from another site. People tend to relate low quality images with low quality textual content so the last thing you will want to do is put up low quality images on an article, story or other posting that you worked hard on. Higher quality images in the minds of many people mean that the content is higher quality.
In summary, you can see why having higher quality and relevant images on your website or blogs articles, stories or other postings will have SEO benefits that will help your pages rank higher in the major search engines search results pages. So do yourself a favor and make sure to include an appropriate amount of images in the content of your website or blog’s pages and you will get an easy boost in SEO for those pages.