Tuesday, 2 September 2014

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Images : The Good Practices

Images : the good practices
We all know that images attract traffic and are paramount to the success of a blog. But what are the good practices? Is it possible to use images found on the web? Does the image have to be resized? and how images can be used to increase traffic?

These are the questions I will try to answer in this post.


Images : the good practices

1 - Where can you find images ?

Bloggers with ethics do not steal images on the web, they use :
  • images obtained legally from on line image databases,
  • their own photos, 
  • images from known sources with which they have an agreement.   
We published last year a post (here) about sites where you can find royalty free images. Here is the updated 'Top 3' list :
' Royalty free' does not mean that you can do whatever you wish with images downloaded from these sites. Most probably there are restrictions to usage. It is therefore highly recommended to read the license or the condition of usage before downloading the image. Even if the image is 'royalty free', it is good practice to send a message to the author to thank him and inform him that you intend to use one of his work in a non commercial web site. Do not forget to do it! This way you evince goodwill and defuse any risk of conflict.
A last piece of advice: keep track of the source of the images you use on your blog. You may have to answer questions about images the day you want to sell or transfer your blog...

2 - Does the image have to be resized?

Obviously. Do not let Blogger or the user's browser resize your image. Do it yourself before inserting the image in the post and select the option: 'original size' for the display of the image. In this post for instance, the image has a size of 350pixels * 250pixels and it is displayed on your browser with its 'source' size. The original image I selected for the post was far larger, I had to crop it and resize it using Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

In addition, in one of our previous posts (here), we recommended that the 'featured' image of a post (the image that appears on the front page of the blog) should always have the same 'standard' size. It makes it simpler to manage.

3 - What can be done from SOE point of view?

Add title and alternate texts to your image. If you are working with Blogger, use 'properties' to add title and alternate texts to your image. These texts, naturally should relate to the topic of your post.

Another thing that you can do to improve your position with search engines, is to give an intelligible filename to your image before inserting it in Blogger. In the case of the present post, the name I gave to the image file before adding it to the post, is: 'images-the-good-pratices.jpg'. It is good practice to use hyphens to delimit words in filenames with a view to improve processing by search engines.  


Use images with care in your blog!


3 comments:

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  2. Hi there! I know blogger makes the first image inserted into the post as post thumbnail. But in my area i can't use media uploader for slow internet connections. Now i tried to define post thumbnail from <*img> tag inserting to post .ex. <*img src="IMAGE URL"/*> . But it is not showing as post thumbnail. If there is a way to define post thumbnail from <*img src="IMAGE URL"*/> tag? I think it's possible via javascript but how? N.B: Plz exclude all *

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