I was a little confused about where to store images for max SEO value. But I got it cleared up so I thought I’d share what I learned.
While I hadn’t found anyone saying to host images on your domain versus your subdomain, I had heard people say you should host your images on your domain. And I’ve also heard people say that Google treats subdomains as separate sites. So logically, I decided that meant host your images on your domain.
Turns out, that’s not the best idea. I asked SEOMoz with one of my question credits, and they told me that you should host your images on a subdomain because hosting them on your domain doesn’t help your SEO and will increase your site load time, which is a ranking factor.
So, now that that’s cleared up, here are some things you can do that will help your image SEO:
Ian Lurie also recommends you put images in your XML sitemap.
(This is from a site that doesn’t appear to be live anymore but the URL was http://www.doshdosh.com/how-to-optimize-for-google-images-for-more-traffic/)
Be sure to get keywords into the following areas:
- Page title
- Surrounding Text
- Alt Tags
- File Names