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Google images search how to get traffic from?

Using Google images to get more visitors

     
3:34 pm on Apr 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there anything you can do to make your images relevant and get some extra traffic?
5:49 pm on Apr 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'll reply my own post :)
I've noticed importance on naming files and dashes seems to be best choice. Do you agree?

What I ignore is what happens with images not included in pages, are they shown too? If you have a images directory with 100 photos and 80 are included but others aren't. Will those 20 show in search too?

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Hi,

I have always named my images as consistently and comprehensively as possible, with dashes to separate words (though I suspect that SEs understand camelCase too), and image searchers have been the major part of my visitors in effect since 1997.

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If they're findable then Google will index them. If the're not linked from anywhere and browsing within the directory is not possible, then there's no way for Google to know they exist.

I find that image size is also a fairly important element in the ranking algorithm, understandably.

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I have a site that is, basically, a collection of graphic images. I get boatloads of traffic; only a tiny fraction comes from Google Images.

I might be wrong, but my instinct is to tell you that you're better going after text queries than image queries.

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Hi joomax. Once google bot spider your site I guess finding the "img" folder it's not a problem. However I have images embeded in html pages and other don't, I guess all sites in the world have certain "unlinked" images. My question is will google find those too?
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Spiders work just like any web browser. Use your browser to open up the image directory, for example:
www.mysite.com/images/

If you get an index.html page, or some kind of "Forbidden" message, then there is no way for anyone to discover what unlinked files may be in that directory (other than by guessing).

But if your browser shows a clickable list of all the image files in the directory, then Google WILL be able to find and index those images.

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Is there confusion over terminology?

Google has found all my images, they are not in an image folder, and there exists no clickable link alerting spiders of their existence.

I think "img src" must be what the spiders use as guide to identify an image to index.

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Just did a search for our area to check on our placement and at the top of the results was:

"See 6,360 image results for #*$! #*$!xx"

There were three actual photos displayed.

First time I've ever seen that.

>edit< I don't really like it. It would tend to draw the searchers away from the actual search results.

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When I referred to images being "linked from anywhere" I thought it would be obvious that I meant IMG SRC links as well as HREF links.
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Did you see any difference due to folder name of images? I mean is it better to call the img folder "photos" or "images" than just "img"?
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Hi,

It is impossible to tell for sure of course, but I don't think the directory name is critical.

But think, if G can parse the directory name it may be able to find more keywords to index on, eg if you have your images under, say:

img/food/ for pictures of food
img/houses/ for pictures of mansions

and so on, then G has some extra clues for categorisation, search, etc.

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Ok so we don't know but there's nothing to loose naming those
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We get truckloads of traffic from Google Images, but the conversion rate is so incredibly poor compared to the bandwidth used we're considering removing ourselves.

I use Google Images often myself and I find myself never actually looking at the page, just the image itself. I figure that the majority of users do the same thing. If that's the case then Google Images is almost a complete waste of time for any 'business' to consider.

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I'm afraid you are right. One of my concerns are people who looks for images often steel images I never notice the content when looking for images unless the page be amazing. Unfotunatelly we can't tell much about that images search behaviour, maybe someone could tell form inside? A google guy perhaps?
 

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