Tips for getting your images onto Google Images

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Google Image Search is a tool which allows users to easily find images by typing in specific search terms, phrases and keywords. I don't know about anyone else, but I do a lot of my searching on Google Images, and by looking at all the smiley's and animated GIF's here on the Get Satisfaction forum a lot of you do as well.

One way to get more search engine traffic is to optimize your website for Google Image Search.

You just need to follow these simple tips:

1) Use ALT tags for all the images on your website:
I have noticed that a lot of SynthaSiter's are not using any "alternative text" to describe their images. The ALT text input field is in the properties sidebar in the site editor.

2) Use descriptive names for your images:
For ex: Use labrador-kennel.jpg instead of img_01.jpg
It is apparently better to use the " - " between labrador and kennel as Googlebot-image will recognise the image as two different words.

3) It is better to place images at the top of the page:

I've read somewhere that Google uses a different bot, which indexes only image results. The image bot visits much less frequently as compared to the Googlebot. While Googlebot may visit every week, Googlebot-image may only visit your website every 6 months.

Here is some excellent reading:

http://www.doshdosh.com/how-to-optimi...

http://www.pearsonified.com/2007/01/g...

http://www.turkhitbox.com/gray-hat-se...
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Awesome Boomer - thanks!
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Right - this is a fab idea but I cannot see anything entitled ALT text - or alternative anything in the properties side bar...

I have... window title, desc, keywords, page heading, google webmaster code, favourites icon and banner image

Am I missing something, or do I just add it in keywords etc?
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Hi kate - to see the ALT text field, first click on the image widget you've added to the page so the image's specific properties open on the sidebar on the right:
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gee- thanks this helps a dope a lot! :)

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This was a great tip thanks, but can I confirm something about immage names? I would typically have a jewellery image called:
Coillusion red 500.jpg where Coillusion is the name of the design, red the colour, and the 500 is the biggest dimension in pixels.
If I wanted a search on Coillsion to find this, should it be named Coillusion-red-500.jpg?
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Hi, Jubeadilation,

#2 in Boomer's post above would seem to indicate that using a hyphen will allow Google to view the name as separate words. For example if someone typed in a search for purple Coillusion, your red one may still come up because of the word Coillusion. So you may want to think about what someone would type in when looking for your image and name it accordingly.
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Boomer dudes!!!! what up brah? hey I got the same thing done with one phone call to joe pesce. he went down there with a bb bat, and next thing I know, all my images were showing up! go figure.
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Sorry Guido, I don't follow what you're saying
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