SEO Your Images: Enhanced Image Search

by Gary on March 16, 2008 · 3 comments

in SEO,SEO Tools

We already know that ALT tags should be used for relevant images (I say relevant because you can skip putting ALT tags for images placed in your page for purely aesthetic and/or organisational purposes such as borders). However, what many neglect to do is to take advantage of Google’s enhanced image search. The enhanced image search is actually very useful for helping the images in your pages rank better in Google images SERPs. Enhanced image search actually helps you rank better through the selection of labels that are more relevant to the images in your site. According to Google they are able to associate the image sin your site with relevant labels through the use of Google Image Labeler.

To opt-in to Google’s enhanced image search simply login to Google Webmaster Tools, choose the URL of the site you wish to have the enhanced image search enables, click Tools, and then click on Enable enhanced image search.

If you have a graphics intensive site you should really opt-in to this feature. If you worry that your images will rank better than your site and that users will end up simply ripping off your images (many actually do not visit the actual site but only go to the image URL) you can remedy this problem by redirecting users sent by Google. You can also disallow hotlinking of images.

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seo pixy March 18, 2008 at 7:46 am

Thanks for this article, the advice you give is very helpful and I think opting-in to Google’s enhanced image search will actually do a lot of good for the page rank and will bring more quality traffic.

Simpleton March 19, 2008 at 6:06 am

There was actually a thread about his recently is an seo forum. Most of the people claimed that images brought them a significant amount of traffic but some of those people also said that the conversions were low. Either way, it’s traffic and there’s gotta be a way to convert some of it. I plan on visiting google dot com/webmasters right away.

Stock Trader December 15, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Thanks for the tip, but I’ve tried looking for the option you mention and it is nowhere to be found. Could this be another one of those things that is available in the US but not elswhere?