On Getting the Most Out of Your Uploaded Images
I had something brought to my attention this morning. I will say, that, once again, WA shows its colours every day, and today was no exception.
One of the vibrant colours here is the fact that this is a community of caring members, in a membership where the philosophy of paying it forward prevails.
This was shown to me, and now I'm going to show it to you...
Get All You Can Out of Your Images!
For sure, what I was told is going to entail a LOT of work because it's something I've not been doing on a regular basis, but here's the scoop.
When you upload images to WordPress and keeping these default, you're not getting all the SEO power you could be getting!
Shown below is typical code you get when you upload an image. Note that the top line is what we will be working with (the code between the first set of <>'s.
<a href="http://danieleuergetes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/danieleuergetes250.jpg"><img src="http://danieleuergetes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/danieleuergetes250.jpg" alt="danieleuergetes250" width="250" height="333" /></a>
Leaving the images that way can also detract from reader experience, and you definitely want to optimize that the best you can. What happens, when left default, is that the images are hyperlinked and when your readers follow these, they essentially go "nowhere." Out of curiosity, they will click on these images when they notice those are links and it's a waste of time for them.
Now, how can you circumvent this? It's very easy!
You have some choices here...
- Leave them as they come. (not recommended)
- Don't let the image become hyperlinked.
- Hyperlink the image to your advantage.
- Fix previously-uploaded images.