Quick SEO tips on website images

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Here are a couple of quick tips to help your websites performance that you may not have considered.

Optimize your images by fixing their names.

How many times have you found a terrific image on the web only to download it and find the image title looks like hieroglyphics. Happens all the time, but that doesn't mean it is the best way. I know it may seem like a pain, but if you don't take the time to properly name your pictures and images, you are leaving out a key component to the SEO puzzle. Here is what I mean, using my little buddy Sully! Naming your images with brief descriptions will help search engines identify them, and aid in your SEO efforts. Now if your system allows you the opportunity to put in an "Alt Tag", than that is great. What this does is assign a description to the image so that when Google's little bots are running through your site and come upon a picture, they know what it is a picture of.

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Control your image size

Image size effects speed, and images that do not need to be large should not be put into your site just to be shrunk... that actually changes nothing. The reason being that when viewed on a browser, the entire image STILL has to be downloaded (in the large format) before it is resized. If you are going to put images in your articles, upload them as close as possible to the size you are actually using. Putting an image that is 2048 x 1536 into an area that you then shrink down to 300 x 200 is NUTS! Resize your image first, and Google will be happy.