Recent search engine updates made it clear that Google will not accept websites with fewer images. It seems harsh, doesn’t it? It is important to evaluate what steps will help your SEO and what will make you feel discouraged. Google’s latest bottom line states that your SEO will suffer if your website doesn’t have at least one relevant, high-quality image per page.
For all you website owners who find it easier to put pen to paper than to use flash, here’s the scoop: Google loves images and we should follow their lead. Images look great. The world is different than it was once. And the daily newspaper is not filled with black-and-white text. Today, images fuel our society. Images that capture a moment in time, are captivating and captivating. They also entice our attention and captivate our senses. To truly connect to what they see on the screen, the majority of online society today relies on delicate juxtapositions of text and images.
Sharing is another trend that has been reviving in recent years to add to the ever-growing list. Online sharing has become so common that websites without sharing tools are considered obsolete. It is important to attach a relevant image to each post to allow website visitors to share them. You are doing yourself a great disservice by leaving an imageless post. If no one is able to share your post, all the effort and time you put into researching, writing and editing, it will be a waste of time. Google will also discredit the work you put into writing if it doesn’t have a quality image that compliments it.
Since images are now the key ingredient for website success, it is no surprise that “free images” is one of the most popular trends on the internet. The copyrighted photo is the most popular of all these trends. Website owners have found it too risky to use copyright-protected images on their websites. Therefore, the internet follows one simple rule: “Take your own pictures or search the internet for free pictures.” Option “B” is not an option for people who don’t know how to use a Nikon. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable images that are free from copyrights on the internet. However, there is a growing demand for these images. Website owners who are skilled at photography have resisted anyone trying to get a ride. Google made it nearly impossible to steal and republish copyrighted images. New services and developments opened the door.
Remember those times when your mother used to remind us that there is no such thing as a free lunch. It was only a matter time before copyright-free images became so in high demand that new companies began popping up all the time to fill the gap. Website owners were excited to sign up and gain access to a free library of images they could use anywhere, anytime. Many of these stock image websites offering “Free Images” are offering false dreams. Website owners will often be hit with image costs and subscription fees after signing up. While some website owners will pay 99 cents per image, those who want to make a profit from their website before spending more money on it will be charged 99 cents.
The next step that the image-seeking deperado often takes is to load his web pages with all images he finds. But cowboy, keep your horses there, too. Google is smarter than that. It is no longer enough to fill a tech post with a photo of your pet cat, Pebbles. Google is becoming smarter by every megabyte and can now recognize the images that you use to fill your pages. To get your pages the recognition they deserve, you must align the images you place side by side with your posts.
There are some service providers that can be called “the good guys” when it comes to searching for free images. Foter.com is one of them. Foter.com is a free stock photography website that offers unlimited access to free images. It also has a WordPress plugin. However, there are always the bad things. Foter.com’s limited collection of photos is not all that great. Website owners who are considering browsing Foter.com’s photo database should be aware that they must give credit information to any image they use on their website.
PhotoDropper, another website, is a good example of a website that blurs the lines between good and evil. PhotoDropper can also be used as a WordPress plugin and offers a large library of photos. Be sure to carefully read the fine print before you click on that relevant image. PhotoDropper offers a large library of photos. However, most of the best ones are not available to those who have purchased the “premium” package. While you will find useful images in their free collection, you’ll end up with only a toothache if you go to the candy shop and find out that you can only eat gummy worms.
Stock.EXCHNG and Stock Vault also have managed to secure their place in the race for free images. Unfortunately, as with PhotoDropper and Foter.com, these free-image-sharing services have their own set of problems. Stock.EXCHNG demands that every image be accompanied with attribution information. The service is not available for WordPress plugins. Stock.EXCHNG offers a wide range of high-quality images and you can use any of them on your website if you have the time to browse their database. However, the search options don’t allow you to narrow your selection. Stock Vault is also proud of its high-quality image library and is available to all WordPressers. However, there is a catch. This may make it difficult for many to keep searching for the next best thing. Stock Vault can only be used for non-commercial purposes. If you are looking to sell soap online, stockvault has images of bubble baths.
What does it all boil down to? Your content is great, you have great ideas. But without images, everything is falling apart. There are two new options for SEOs stuck in a SEO rut. Zemanta, and imonomy have been making waves on the internet one site at a while. Zemanta and imonomy were the first to offer an automated service that lets you add non-copyright images to your pages. These services can scan your pages and instantly locate similar images. Before you click on the catchiest service, let’s first discuss the limitations and benefits of each of these automated and free-image-providing websites.
Zemanta scans website text as it is posted and then offers website owners the option to select from a smaller number of images that Zemanta’s automated database pulls from. Zemanta’s automated system offers high-quality images and a large enough selection to satisfy most website owners. Before you start exploring Zemanta’s collection of free-of-copyright images, there are some things to be aware of. Zemanta is not retroactive. This means that all your posts after you start using Zemanta will have access the automated image service. If you have a mature website, older posts and archives won’t be given the same image-makeover as your newer posts. It is important to remember that Zemanta requires the attribution information for every image. These attributions can sometimes be as long as three to four lines. Zemanta is not only able to provide images for free, but also allows you to add external links to related posts. Depending on their placement and the quantity of links, they can either hurt or help SEO. The links will ultimately lead to other websites. Users may be redirected by Zemanta’s free images.
Zemanta’s matchup imonomy offers similar services, but with a twist. Imonomy’s technology scans every post on a website and matches it instantly. This is in contrast to Zemanta. imonomy can retroactively update web pages by simply clicking a few buttons. Imonomy can scan the entire website and offer a secondary service to allow users to be reconnected with related posts from the same site. imonomy’s free images are not subject to copyright and do not require attribution credits. They also act as interactive components of websites and encourage SEO through intelligent internal links. No matter which service you use, free images have a catch. To that end, imonomy inserts small ads alongside the images. After all is said and done, the advertisements are content-related and the website owner walks away with most of the profits.
It is essential to have high-quality images that are relevant and useful for your website posts. While there are a few booby traps along this path, it is possible to find the treasure chest. Those of you who are still fighting denial should move on to the glorious stage of “acceptance”. Google has set very high standards for website design. You can call it superficial, but these new image laws will not be changing. It is time to do some research on how to improve your pages.
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