We all work hard on our blogs. We create projects, sew quilts, cook yummy treats, share our homes etc and with all that...we take pictures of everything. If you are a blogger, you love to share and you want others to stop by your blog to see what you've been up too. Other than your followers, you would love to have more people stop by your blog too. That brings us to the 'searchability" of your blog.
There is so much information on SEO or search engine optimization that it would be a whole post in and of itself, but in short, SEO are techniques used to bring more people to a website or blog. You can research more on your own, but today I'll show you one of the ways to bring more people to your blog using their search engine and your photos.
Here is a picture of the recipe, Death By Chocolate, I shared on my blog. If I want people to find that recipe when they search for chocolate cake recipes or specifically Death by Chocolate, I need to have my images "named, labeled or tagged".
Let me show you how easy it to do this...
Once you load your images onto your post editor, click on the picture until it turns blue. This is also how you change the size of the image and whether it's left, right or center in a post.
Click on the "Properties" link shown with the red arrow.
A pop up window will appear. You can write whatever you like in either line, but better to keep it short.
The first line is "Title Text"...this short phrase is a description of the picture if someone hovered over the picture with their mouse. See example below this image. This is great if your post is picture heavy with not a lot of words.
The second line is "Alt Text"...this description doesn't normally show, but will for people who have their browser or email settings set where images won't show. At least they'll see this description. I also read somewhere, it will help with visually impaired who have special features on their computer. They can't see the pictures very well, but the text will help.
Here is a screen shot of the original post I did. I hovered over the image and it shows the "Title Text" in the yellow box.
This is one more technique to use to help drive traffic to your blog. However, one of the most important things are key words (search words) you use in your title and in the body of the post itself.
Google's and other search engines look for those key words when someone is searching something on their computer, but image properties will help too. An example would be someone searching for "chocolate cake recipes". I used those words in the body of my post and in the image properties.
I have to be honest though, I haven't used this very long myself. Just a few times...I keep forgetting or my posts have some many pictures in the tutorial, I just can't do it. I try to do the first and the last picture at least...if I remember!! Lol
Will I go back and add this to older posts? Maybe some, but probably not. That will be on the bottom of my "To Do" list...which is very long!!
Hope this helps,