SEO of a WordPress blog is done on many phases. Starting from onsite to on page SEO. Images on your blogs are also very useful to get traffic form image based search engines like Google image search. Though, unlike text based content, search engine bots can’t see and identify your content like a normal user. They rely on image ALT tag to identify and understand an image. Along with this, texts which are around your images also helps to improve the ranking of your images in image search engine.
- Read: How to do SEO of image based site
- Image optimization for SEO
- 5 Factors to remember while optimizing images for your Blog
How to add Alt tag to WordPress images:
One easy way to add Alt tag is by manually adding into every image you upload. When ever you add an image into your blog post, you get an option to add Title and Alt tag, which takes care of image SEO. Though, it’s not idle situation when you have an existing site and you have to edit all old images to add alt tag. Like everything, we have a WordPress plugin for this. SEO friendly images is one useful free WordPress image SEO plugin, which quickly adds ALT tag to your images.
The common fact about SEO is using the appropriate image, using the appropriate keywords, using the appropriate tag. In this guide, I will share how you can use SEO friendly images plugin to optimize WordPress blog images for search engine. This plugin is developed by Valadmir, who is also a developer of popular plugin SEO smart links and founder of Managewp service. So, lets get start with this plugin:
- Install and activate SEO friendly images plugin. <Link>
- Once activated, go to Settings > SEO friendly images and configure the settings
Using this plugin you can automate both Title and Alt tag of your image. Though Search engine uses only Alt tag to understand your image, but title also plays a major role and it’s a good idea to give a meaningful name to your Title.
The best way to use this plugin is by giving a meaningful name to your image before uploading. Instead of uploading images like DSC0023.jpeg or so on, give a Keyword rich name to the image before uploading. For ex: SEO-friendly-image.jpeg.
An idle settings would be:
- Use %name for ALT tag
- %Title for Title tag
Click on update options and that’s it. Now, your images will help you to increase the over all On page SEO of your blog. Along with SEO friendly images plugin, I highly recommend you to Install Wp Smuh.it plugin, which help you to optimize the size of your images and will help you to make your page load faster.
If you want to make most of Images on your blog, you can also create sitemap for your WordPress blog images and submit it to Google. Here are few more plugins, which will be of your interest:
- Watermark Reloaded plugin : Watermark WordPress images
- How to setup Yoast WordPress SEO plugin
- Best WordPress Plugins for SEO