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7 SEO tips for better Google Image search results

The present day SEO has been on a roller coaster ride. From the enthralling excitement to the utmost fear; this field is full of varied experiences. Being a digital marketer, you have to play the game carefully in order to gain maximum.

Choice of Image

This field is undergoing a change. One has to observe clearly and follow smart tactics in order to gain maximum out of SEO practices.

Well,

Talking about SEO in a nutshell – it includes content and that too optimized one. Be it text, image, gif or anything, it has to be according to the SEO guidelines. You might be surprised to know that:

Google Image Search is one of the prominent search criteria that searchers use to search for the content they are looking for.

We have come up with some of the SEO tips for Google Image Search Results. Here you go:

1. Choice of image

While including image to your content, you should take care of the quality of your images. Images look more appealing than the text.

Also, finding the right type of image for your content is vital. Nowadays, a lot of online platforms are there where you can find your taste.

Therefore, adding quality image will increase product or service ranking on search engine results page.

2. Optimize chosen images for the web

We all are aware that large-sized image overloads web page, thereby increasing the loading time of the page. Are you thinking of compromising with the quality of the image by reducing the size? Don’t do this. There are a lot of online image resize tools available.  You can easily reduce the size of the images without compromising on the quality.

You can also use file format converters to reduce the size of the images. For example, JPEG format to PNG format. JPEG format is heavier than PNG format. It is recommended most of the time to use the images in PNG format. Some of the tools that can be used are TinyPNG, CompressJPEG, etc.

2. Informative names of image

When you download an image from your camera, give a new, descriptive name to your downloaded image.

Informative names of image

For example, the above image could be named as: IMG_ RoseBlossom_2017_01.

When search engine will crawl the image, it will include the description of the image while indexing the website.

3. Use of Alt text

Alt text, short form for alternative text, is used to highlight the identity of an image when the mouse cursor is hovered over it. It shows the text to all users when there is problem rendering the image. It is also very helpful for screen readers who help the visually impaired to navigate the web.  Also, in the alt text you can add brief description of what the picture is about.

Well, you can add other properties to your image; but alt text is enough to rank better in the SERPs.

4. Segregate thumbnails and main images:

As preferred, the thumbnails have to be possibly very small in order to reduce the page loading time. You have to compress the images to be used as thumbnails. In doing so, you might have to sacrifice a little bit of picture quality to ensure increased speed. You can make use of online picture editing tools like Pixlr, PicMonkey etc. which can do most of the things that Photoshop can do.

5. Image sitemaps:

A sitemap consist of list of pages that are accessible to crawlers or users. Google encourages using image sitemaps. This gives the search engine required information about your image that is available on your website. Also, it allows search engines to find even those images loaded by JavaScript code like in slider galleries.

6. Social media integration:

Social media plays a vital role in the overall SEO process. Therefore, you should integrate your images to social media platforms. The handiest way is to add social media buttons to your website. Also, you can use the image sharing platforms like Pinterest and ask your users to share your images.

Further, you can use ImageSharer by SumoME. It allows visitors to share the images on your site and give link back to you.

Over to you

I hope you found the above tips really helpful for better Google Image search results. search engine results page.

I would like you to share your views in the comments below.

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SEO Updates of 2016 that still have impact in the year 2017

Google has a giant record of prominent search algorithm updates, search index changes, and refreshes. Since its launch in 1998, Google has been persistently refining its search algorithm to align search results with users’ intent. Every year, Google comes up with almost 500+ changes in its search algorithm. However, not all but only major updates like Panda and Penguin can have significant impact on search results.

SEO Updates

Search marketers have to ensure which update significantly affect their SEO strategy. These updates can help a user in understanding changes in rankings and organic website traffic, and ultimately improve SEO.

Rumours are flying about Google’s updates; hence, we, at QL tech , have researched a lot. From the research we conducted, bits of reliable information have come from several sources about the all the possible changes which took place in 2016. Accordingly, we have made a note for user experience.

For carving a perfect SEO strategy and boost rankings, each and every search marketer has to be sure about the dates when, and which updates took place.

“Check out the list for all SEO Updates published by Google in 2016.”

1. Core Ranking Algorithm Update (January):

When the update was announced by Google on 8th January 2016, most of the webmasters were expecting it to be a Penguin update. However, on 18th January 2016, Gary Illyes, from Google, officially confirmed on Twitter that this was not a Penguin update, but details remained cloudy.

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Majorly, this update was about shift in rankings of keywords and websites. This update caused much volatile search results for both the automated tracking tools and the chatter in the community

2. AdWords Shake-up (February):

The major update that took place on 23rd  February 2016 relates to Removal of AdWords ads sidebar. Google confirmed that right-column ads have been entirely removed and rolled out 4-ad top blocks on many commercial searches. Now, only 4 ads at the top of the search and 3 ads in the bottom of the search will be displayed, right sidebar ad would never show up again. The site will only display product listing ads (PLA) and knowledge graphs. Being it a paid search update, it had significant repercussions for CTR for both paid and organic results, particularly on competitive keywords.

3. Mobile-Friendly updates (May):

Google indicated in the month of March that they are arranging to boost the mobile-friendly algorithm in May, and clearly, they rolled out on 12th May 2016. This was the second version of an original Google Mobile friendly update which was announced a year back. The new Google mobile-friendly algorithm is hypothetical to give an additional ranking boost for mobile-friendly websites in the mobile search results.

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Since the majority of sites tracked these days are already mobile-friendly, the impact of this update is likely to be very minor.  To ensure that your website is mobile friendly, check the Google mobile-friendly tool and Google’s mobile guidelines. It is never too late to gain from mobile-friendly algorithm; it is real-time based on how quick Google crawls your web pages.

4. Possum (September):

On 1st September 2016, Google simply released a new update, which was nicknamed “Possum” by the SEO alliance. The main purpose behind this update is to diversify the local results and prevent spam from ranking. Through this update, Google applies filters on Local Searches based on address and affiliation. Post this update, businesses that fall outside of the physical city limits saw a huge spike in ranking. For businesses and SEO strategists who depend on traffic generated from local searches, Possum is significant. Experts have quoted, “Google Possum as being the biggest update to Local search since Pigeon in 2014.”

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Possum has enhanced the importance of a searcher’s location on local search engine results pages (SERPs). However, businesses that share the same physical address as other organizations may face challenges. Google does filter out duplicate content in organic search, but ‘punishes’ a business who operates in shared offices. Such businesses may experience fall in SEO rankings since Google aims to become more precise.

“Study shows Google’s Possum update changed 64% of local SERPs”

5.      Image/Universal Drop (September):

Google dropped image results from a large percentage of Google search results on 13th September 2016, which contributes to the instability in search results.  Mozcast recorded a significant nearly 50% drop in search results that feature image results appearing within the organic search results.

These updates play a huge role for all businesses and SEO users who are merely dependent on images from search results for getting traffic from there.

The above chart depicts scenario of 30 days (from 28th August 2016 to 26th September 2016). This shows searchers are only seeing images in 15.8% of search results, down from about 33%.

6. Penguin 4.0 (September-October):

At the end of two year’s wait, Google announced its fourth major release, Penguin, on 23rd September 2016. Primary impact assessments were minor, but it was later revealed that the Penguin 4.0 rollout was unusually long and multi-phase. Its phase 1 and phase 2 was announced on 27th September 2016 and 6th October 2016 respectively.  Penguin was first released in April 2012.

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Based on this update, Penguin’s data is refreshed in real-time, so changes will be noticeable much quicker, typically taking effect shortly after Google recrawls, and reindexs a page. Penguin now devalues spam by adjusting ranking based on spam signals, rather than affecting ranking of the whole site.

This update has its impact on all levels of domain, folders, pages and probably also keywords and keyword groups. So whatever that goes into the organic rankings will now be affected by the Penguin algorithm on a fine level. Here, it would be tougher to analyse “small penguin penalties” in many cases.

The Google Penguin positive or negative signal is now recalculated on the crawl.

The penguin updates have corresponded to an algorithm temperature spike (113°) on 27th September and had had one final peak on 6th October (116°)

7.      Phantom 3 (November – unconfirmed by Google):

There was a major algorithm update on 19th November 2016. No one has exact clue about what it is. However, this update is related to Quality update in relation with the previous phantom update 2 of Google. Due to the lack of information (or confirmation) from Google, whatever has affected the search rankings is referred as phantom 3 update. The said update seemed to be connected with the appearance or removal of rich snippets in the SERPs.

8. New Roll out (November-December):

In order to filter out fake news sites, or rather, promote higher quality news sites; it seems that Google has worked on tweaking the top stories algorithm. This is around Google’s efforts to hide fake news including banning some Ad Sense publishers.