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Posted 18 January 2007 - 08:26 AM
My client sells digital photography images online. At the moment I'm getting images appearing for one of my clients in the main serps when I search under his name plus the term images - 3 images that aren't actually relevant to his business (this is due to the photo images in the site being designed in flash) but have the same search terms - the domain name comprises of www.clientnameimages.com.
I can't seem to replicate this with other sites at the moment - I tried it with getty images etc. Any suggestions as to why this is happening?
Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:24 AM
Posted 22 January 2007 - 12:42 PM
Hi Qwerty Exactly what's happening and yeah he's not the client lol - Any suggestions on how this is happening and how it can be stopped or altered?
Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:06 PM
1. Provide an alternate HTML representation of your Flash content so search engines can read it.
2. Optimize the images for your desired keywords. Liana Evans gave a good presentation at the last SES how to do this. The main factors, according to her, are:
a. alt attribute
b. caption near the image
c. keywords in image file name, use hyphens, but don't go overboard
Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:09 PM
Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:15 PM
I was checking the rankings on one of my sites yesterday, and when I ran one of the phrases through, I noticed that two images from my site were coming up in the little top four "Image Results" preview on the SERP, so I clicked through to see the full image results. Of the top 20, my site had numbers 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, and 17. Each of the images has the two-word phrase as the first two words of the alt attribute and the only other place on the pages where any part of the phrase appears is in the title tag, where a variation on the second word appears. The keywords are also not in the links to the pages on which these images appear, although they are all over the site. One other thing, and I have no way of knowing based on this whether this makes a difference: all of these images are linked, but they're linked to copies of themselves (some of them to the exact same file, some to a larger version) outside of a page, where they obviously have no place for the keywords to appear, except in the file name, where they are not present.
The home page of the site comes up at #15 for the phrase in the normal results, by the way.
And in case you're interested, this is very different from the results at Google: the site's home page is #5 for the phrase, and on the image search, one picture from the site comes up, at #7. That image does not have the phrase in its alt attribute, but the phrase is the first two words of the page's title tag.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 05:32 AM
Thought i was going a bit mad when i saw this and couldn't replicate it! Great help guys. much appreciated.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 03:51 PM
Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:22 PM
Wow qwerty, thanks for the handy reference!
Posted 02 July 2007 - 02:05 PM
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