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Do images help seo?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by Holafromspain, Mar 9, 2017.

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    Do images help seo, or do they not?
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    Holafromspain, Mar 9, 2017 IP
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  2. Nathan047

    Nathan047 Greenhorn

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    If my memory serves correctly (and I think it does) image itself doesn't affect your ranking, however, the image description will provide a few keywords for Google. The old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" apparently doesn't apply to Google ;).

    If any more seasoned SEO experts know otherwise please correct me.
     
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  3. Allen James

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    Of course, they help.
     
    Allen James, Mar 9, 2017 IP
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    Sure - it might be considered as natural, not in each case, but definitely worth using.
     
    zibolin, Mar 9, 2017 IP
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    MUK3SH Active Member

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    Yes they do. and also you can get traffic from image search ;).
     
    MUK3SH, Mar 13, 2017 IP
  6. qwikad.com

    qwikad.com Prominent Member Affiliate Manager

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    How do they help exactly? Even if your image has all sorts of keywords in it (ie boat_rides_in_new_york.png) I doubt it will ever be used as a reference point to any of Google search queries.
     
    qwikad.com, Mar 13, 2017 IP
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    Anitasol Active Member

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    If you place the right attributes on it, images can help in SEO.
     
    Anitasol, Mar 14, 2017 IP
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    yes yes Of course, they help.
     
    samy hass, Mar 14, 2017 IP
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    Yes they do help. Google will often put image search results within the main search results, so it can help get you traffic. Then of course, you also have people that will use Google Image search, so if you rank highly with your image, that is more traffic.
     
    accel, Mar 14, 2017 IP
  10. qwikad.com

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    Up until 2013 that was probably the case. Back in 2013 they changed how the images were showing in the image search results. As a result, a significant amount of websites lost their traffic coming from image searches:

    http://www.definemg.com/how-googles-image-search-update-killed-image-seo/

    There was a recent algo update that negatively impacted traffic coming from image search results even further:

    https://www.seroundtable.com/google-image-search-update-23436.html

    So, I wouldn't rely heavily (or at all) on images when it comes to SEO. That's not to say we shouldn't follow good HTML / attribute practices regarding images.

     
    qwikad.com, Mar 14, 2017 IP
  11. IG2010

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    exactly one of my site was getting around 200 visits a day from images a couple of years ago and don't get anything more than a few hits a day now via google images
     
    IG2010, Mar 14, 2017 IP
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    I guess it could not help in SEO. Even if you write keywords as name of Image it will not improve ranking. You can write keywords and source into image description but it hardly improves ranking.
     
    Green Harry, Mar 17, 2017 IP
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    Of course they help you can get traffic from image search also the post looks good with an image
     
    Vouchers4sale, Mar 17, 2017 IP
  14. KylieSweet

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    Images with alt tags helps SEO practice in terms of telling the search engines what the images is all about.
     
    KylieSweet, Mar 19, 2017 IP
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    You probably won't get a ton of direct traffic from it but if you follow the guidelines (mainly concentrating on having proper alt tags) it definitely won't hurt. In the end, the post looks better with an image, it may keep the reader longer on the page and you could probably throw in a few more factors that have an indirect but positive impact on your overall SEO efforts.
     
    DarioPV, Mar 20, 2017 IP
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    Actually, they do. Because right now people prefer to read content with images than just any other article.

    A catchy image will definitely bring hit to your article.
     
    eric_wahlberg, Mar 20, 2017 IP
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    Images and Alt Text and SEO. We all know that search engines can't really see images (well, Google kinda can nowadays) — they have no idea if animage is of a puppy or a taco, so the alt text is how you communicate this to the search engines.
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    Aman yadav, Mar 20, 2017 IP
  18. Nick Chernets

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    From technical side, it is not the most effective SEO tool, but from the traffic side it will affect SEO so much. In the conclusion use more images and less text)
     
    Nick Chernets, Mar 21, 2017 IP
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    Not much, although some claim it did help in getting traffic at some point. When it comes to SEO I don't think it holds a lot of value even before.
     
    maurice.cowell, Mar 21, 2017 IP
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    Thanks everyone for answering my question.
     
    Holafromspain, Mar 24, 2017 IP