Friday, August 21, 2009

Techies: SEO for artists

In May, I wrote about search engine optimisation for artists in:
Today on Making A Mark reviews...... I'm reviewing a tool which is useful for analysing the content of individual web pages. Its aim is to help you analyze and measure the ranking potential of your web pages.

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  1. Here are some of my tips since I post tons of photos on my blog as well. I assume basic HTML knowledge.

    Sorry if there's any duplication but it's worth the duplication.

    1. Use the "alt" attribute in the "img" tag to name the picture. If the picture doesn't load for whatever reason, the "alt" description is shown. It tells the search engine what is that picture.

    1b. Name each "alt" tag individually. E.g. alt="david figure drawing 01", "david figure drawing 02". Better yet, "david figure drawing line art", "david figure drawing charcoal applied".

    2. Give your picture a unique filename. E.g. mona-lisa-painting-of-da-vinci.jpg. Use dashes instead of underscores.

    3. Pictures take about 6 months to index. Meaning if you post a picture, your search on Google Image will only turn up that picture 6 months later.

    4. Page of the pictures gets index as frequently as the search engine crawls your website. E.g. A page of Da Vinci's paintings will get index almost instantly (depending on your blog's popularity) BUT the pictures themselves will get index only 6 months later.

    5. Do not use Flash to display your pictures.

  2. Good advice and it's not all duplicated

    I would comment that I've noted that very long titles tend to get truncated when saved in PS Elements or used on Blogger.

    I still haven't worked out how many characters we need to work within!

  3. Wow, so many interesting links - I have to come back again later! The trip to Brussels looked really great and the links got me going off on a tangent too!

    Yes, the way we rely on cameras (re the visitors to the Louvre) often means we don't actually look! I read one lady's comments likening it to theft (although she was referring to quilt shows) which I thought was taking it too far, but I do now conciously make an effort when I'm using mine to put it away and enjoy the experience. It's easy to let the photo taking become the actual experience!

    Re. point no.3 that Parka mentioned, I've noticed (and I know this is not everyone's cup of tea) when I've drawn well known faces, they can appear in a matter of days on the search engine.

    Thanks very much for the mention Katherine - yes, indeed, I was doing OK till I met you! But at least I was within my baggage allowance this time! ;) I may be losing my laptop again next week, but at least it's only a week until the schools go back!


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