Use Keywords to Label Your Images for Increased Traffic

When I wrote for a music blog, I went from receiving a few hundred visitors a day to a few thousands visitors a day overnight. Did I hit it big on Digg? Get major Stumblage? No. I brought in thousands of readers through Google Image Search.

I know many bloggers and web writers label their images haphazardly or with little thought as to whether or not they’ll bring in search engine traffic. A picture labeled “snow122208” probably won’t bring in as many search results as one labeled “snow conditions”, “snow boots”, “snow tires” or “snow boarding.”

In addition to saving your images using keywords, use keywords in your image descriptions and, if you can do it without looking spammy, your image captions. Start doing this and within a week or two your traffic numbers will rise.

Labeling your images properly is one small thing you can do to bring in big results!


  1. says

    I read somwhere else that Google needs a hyphen between words and a .img at the end of the file name in order to best find your image in a search as in ‘beach-wedding.img’ Can someone clarify on that please? REALLY interested to know which is most beneficial.

  2. says

    Wow, I would never even considered using image titles to bring in traffic- but it makes perfect sense. I’ve stumbled onto many sites in this very way myself!

    Thanks for the great tip! I’ve been meaning to work on integrating photos and images into my blogs more often, and this is all the more reason to get started on that!


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