Question: I am a photographer, do you have any suggestions for putting together a site that is Google friendly but still visually appealing since it is composed mainly of images?
Answer: The sad news is basically Google doesn’t index images of any time in any real sense. It can read Adobe Flash and PDF, but it doesn’t like to. So, in general, you MUST use HTML / text to perform well in Google searches.
Two basic techniques exist. Technique one. Put your cool Flash / Graphic at the TOP of the page and keyword heavy below the fold, on the page. Technique two. Have some pages that are text heavy / Google friendly to bring in traffic, and other pages that are NOT designed for SEO that use Flash / Adobe PDF / Images… Whatever. The point is DIFFERENT pages on the site can have DIFFERENT purposes.
All of that doesn’t change the fact that Google likes Text, very very clearly, and prefers it over images.
Got a question? Click this link to email Jason or call 888-993-1122. Dr. Jason McDonald is founder and Senior SEO / Social Media Director of the JM Internet Group. He teaches the SEO training classes for the group, and therefore provides most of the SEO tips for this blog. His goal with this blog is to provide an easy 'one-stop shop' for the busy marketer looking for tips, tricks, and secrets on how to get to the top of Google and Bing for free using proven SEO tactics. When not dreaming up SEO tips, Dr. McDonald lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two dogs, a cat, four iguanas and twelve children (just kidding). Really you read down to the bio on this guy? Enjoy the blog.
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