Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Woo Us To Your Blog – Name That Picture

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.
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… Nifty, huh?
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.