Woo Us To Your Blog – Name That Picture

by Sherry Riter in Blog tips  ,Blogger,Woo Us To Your Blog,Wordpress

Last night I was talking to my mother about the importance of things on a site being created so that the information provided can be easily read and found when someone is searching for the topic on the internet. We often focus on the content which is important, however, sometimes the whole photo aspect of a site is neglected.

Not only is it important to use interesting and relevant photos, but it is also important to identify the photos for the search engine spiders.

Spiders?!

spider

No, not that kind of spider!

A Web crawler is a computer program that browses the World Wide Web as a means of providing up-to-date data. These web crawlers are also called: ants, automatic indexers, bots, Web scutters, Web robots, or Web spiders.

To make photos easily identifiable to web spiders, it is necessary to name the image. After you name the image, the “name” will also appear when someone hovers over it.

Without going through a long explanation on the “alt” and “title” terms (also known as tags), let me say that it is wise to use both tags so that your image identifier can be read by all search engine spiders. These tags are meant to be used as an alternative text if the image is not available. Also make sure you use the same image identifier for both the “alt” and the “title” tags. In the end, the names that you use for the images add to the searchability of your site.

So this how it is done…

directions for alt and title tag
Nifty, huh?

Curious about the photo identified in the example above? If so, just click right here.

Last week we learned about magically opening links.. Do you remember the message?

As always, attached is the weekly Linky to enter either the main URL to your site or add each post you publish throughout the week.

Until next week’s wooing post, enjoy your blog, and let the spiders crawl all over your photos!


Sincerely Your Spider Trainer,

The Redhead Riter

 

 

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Karyn Climans August 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

Never thought I'd like spiders so much!

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2 Karen Peterson August 16, 2010 at 3:09 am

Other than the fact that I feel like spiders are crawling all over me now(!), thanks for the tip!

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3 TJWisdom August 16, 2010 at 4:22 am

Wow, this is a good post and I am going to try this. Thanks.

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4 Lauralee August 16, 2010 at 4:46 am

Spiders got eight legs, one for every day of the week. Weave webs made of silly string, catch insects like swamp gators.

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6 lisa August 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Great post! I knew images were supposed to help you get picked up on Google, but I didn't know how.

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7 eof777 August 18, 2010 at 3:56 am

Oh, that spider gave me the crawlies but I completely agree with your post on the power of pictures and video in blogging.
I use them a lot on my WordPress blog and have, to my surprise, gone looking for a picture on Google Images and finding mine as a choice.
There are some other issues around them that I can't explain but overall a good practice.
Best,
Eliz

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8 funfunfun September 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Hi..Following from Blogfrog…would love to have you follow back!
Thanks for all the tips. I'm going to try a couple of them out right now.
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9 Amanda September 11, 2010 at 11:48 pm

ICK! Now Im all itchy/scratchy! But feeling smarter already!

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10 teresa1944 September 1, 2014 at 11:16 pm

your mother still does not get it

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11 Sherry Riter September 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Well, you don’t have to worry about it Mom because you don’t write a blog! LOL :P

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