Why Image Optimization is Important for Blogs

Today, instead of explaining why image optimization is important for blogs I will simply demonstrate it.

These are the top 12 search referers this month on SEO 2.0:

Search Term Source (Google)
alone image search
fake image search
fakes image search
best rss reader search
seo blog search
chewbacca image search
seo 2.0 search
silly image search
fun image search
wordpress image search
who to follow on twitter search
fake breasts image search

SEO 2.0 has much more direct, social media traffic and other referers than search traffic so it might be a bad comparison. Nonetheless the word “alone” brings 10 times more traffic than the term “SEO blog” I’m globally in the top 10 on Google.com (at 7 recently viewed with an US proxy).

So do I need to tell you why image optimization is important for blogs?

  • art
  • photography
  • design
  • gadget
  • ecommerce

oriented blogs can get big amounts of image search traffic.

Image search as part of Universal Search is a must optimize for in SEO 2.0

Some bizarre aspects of it:

  • I’m at number 1 in Google.com for “WordPress” in image search.
  • I’m not even on the first page results at 10 in the US for “alone” in image search so there must be a whole damn lot lonely people out there.

Next week I will tell you how to optimize for Google image search. It’s different than most people tell you. Forget all the alt-attributes etc.