Image SEO – How Does Google Rank Images on the SERP

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Image SEO Tips

When webmasters adding an image or photo to their post, they often overlook the factors that affecting an image search ranking. Meanwhile, to boost an image search ranking is easy, by simply adding the important image SEO factors such as ALT and TITLE attributes on the image. Though such trivial thing in blogging makes a significant change in the image SEO and makes the post more SEO-friendly, especially on Google SERP.

Image SEO Efforts to Increase the Image Search Ranking

After doing some image SEO researches, I found some image search ranking factors on the Google SERP which have the most effect on the ranking. Before optimizing your blog post’s images for SEO, you should know the top ten image search ranking factors. The following are the most affecting image search ranking factors.

Image Search Ranking Factors

To make the image SEO on your blog or site better, consider the following image search ranking factors. The list starts from the most affecting factor and followed by the least affecting factors.

  1. Image ALT tag text
  2. Image Title Tag
  3. Keyword in filename of images
  4. Keyword in URL of page containing the image
  5. The DA of the domain and the PA of page containing the image
  6. Search text in TITLE tag of the page
  7. The closeness of search text to the image
  8. The closeness of search text after the image (in the HTML)
  9. Keyword in the H1, H2, H3, or H4 tags

That’s the top ten most affecting factors to the image search ranking on your blog posts. Overall, the image Title and ALT attributes are the most influential in affecting the image search ranking on Google SERP.

Add Title and ALT Attributes on the Post’s Image

Adding ALT and TITLE attributes to your blog post image is not just a repository for the disposal of keywords. Search Engine works to appreciate the proper use of the image Title and ALT attributes and penalize the one that abuses the keywords.

  • TITLE attribute provides additional information to the blog visitors to and to improve the overall accessibility and usability of the web pages.
  • ALT attribute provides an alternative text to the image.
  • The image file name is something that also helps search engines to know the name of the image on the web page. So, you need to make the image file name contains a specific keyword.
Image Title Attribute in WordPress
How to add an Image TITLE attribute in WordPress.

The ALT and TITLE attributes need to be different, as noted above, each of them has a specific purpose. Use a descriptive text that makes sense and provides a value to your blog visitors. Meanwhile, you need also to make sure they contain specific keywords or search texts that are relevant to the web page. In case you are targeting a certain geographical visitors, you can also include some geographically specified keywords. This method also works for local SEO strategy.

Example: DSC0001234.jpg sorted, shoe-basketball-nike.jpg Good.

What is Title and ALT on an Image of a web page?

TITLE and ALT attribute is intended to be used for visitors who have a sight limitation and to provide additional information to the image. TITLE attribute will appear on the mouseover. While the ALT attribute will appear in the picture when the picture is missing or damaged or cannot loads on the web page.

Here’s an example of the HTML code for TITLE and ALT attribute. Don’t worry if you don’t know coding. Because most of content management systems can do this easily. Especially when you upload and add an image to your blog post, as you can find in WordPress.

The Benefits Title and ALT Attribute in SEO

Using the TITLE and ALT attributes properly is a part of the on-page SEO efforts. Search engines use this information to crawl the images on your site or blog. For example, Google is not only has a section for searching texts, but also for images. The SEO value given to one of the ALT or TITLE attributes is not so great. But when you combine them with your other SEO efforts to a web page, they will make a great impact on your site’s SEO. Besides that, they are also useful to increase the keyword density and the relevance of each page on your site.

2 commentsOn Image SEO – How Does Google Rank Images on the SERP

  • Article Submission

    I just want to add about how to improve the image SEO for a web page. You should make a beautiful image such as infographic, amazing artwork, etc., so you’ll earn backlinks to your image in the way of other people would like to use your image on their blog or site and give a backlink to the source of the image. You can also submit your article to an Article Submission site and make a dofollow backlink for the image. How do you think?

    • Januar Sam

      Hello! Thank you, for reading my SEO tips. You are right. The most powerful automatic SEO is to earn backlinks, but not building it. I have learned a lot about SEO from other great SEO experts and directly from Google Webmaster Tools Guide, and finally found that links building aggressively are wasteful and get the result in vain, even getting dropped rank on the SERPs.

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