Are pictures good content and
will I rank well if I have a lot of them and not much editorial content?
Question - My art and drawing site
concept consists mainly of pictures and not a lot of words for content. Is this
going to be a problem?
Answer - Not having a lot of words on
your site and having only pictures is going to be a problem as search engines
rank pages on their editorial content and then graphics to a lesser degree.
Try to put as many words and descriptions into your pages for each picture as
you possibly can.
If you don't you'll have a very difficult time attracting visitors until you
start to get a lot of incoming links (which is another important criteria) and
even then it will be a battle.
Having content shouldn't be a problem for your visitors because if they just
want your pictures they will skip over the words but if you don't have words
there you're pages will never be found, so you really need to have plenty of
content if you want to rank well and attract lots of visitors.
See how I've used lots of content as well as pictures on these pages -
These pages are very popular with both search engines and readers because
they tell the full story and people arriving at them can read content exactly
related to their Google or Yahoo search query.
If you are having trouble filling up your picture filled pages with content, go
the other way and include lots of articles about different drawings and art
which will rank highly and then you can direct people who arrive at your site on
these pages to your actual picture pages that won't be able to rank well due to
the lack of content.
That's one of the secrets of building a site that works really well.
Attract visitors to pages containing content and keywords you can get high
rankings for (because you will only be able to rank very well for a few keywords
until you have time to build lots of pages) and then direct those visitors to
your high profit or sales pages once they arrive (preferably after you've
captured their name and email address ;-).
In addition to having lots of editorial content, to get the most mileage out of
each picture you use for search engine positioning, be very specific in naming
them before you upload them into SBI.
Then as you include each one on a page, use the Alt field and the Mouseover
Text field in the Graphic box in SBI as well and name the picture the same
keyword as the .jpg is called.
For example, a picture of a Galah would be called -
...and in the Alt tag in the graphic box in as you build the page SBI you would
write Galah Picture (note the capital
letters at the start of each word and the space between them in the Alt tag box but
not in the picture file name).
This will help your graphics rank well in the Yahoo and Google image directories
and people will find your site through these as well.
Make sure watch
this video on how to optimize your pictures so that they bring you an
ongoing stream of traffic from Google and Yahoo images.