PART 2: THE SOLUTION FOR DOING SEO FOR IMAGES “I’m going to give you less than 30 seconds to draw a picture of a tree. Go.”Running a sketch meetup group, I prompted a café full of extremely creative artists with this, and do you know what happened? I got the same stuff back from each person: a lollipop broccoli tree. That was when I informed them how they could have drawn an evergreen tree, a bonsai, a branch, leaf, fruit, or seed, the roots at the bottom, a squirrel or owl in... continue reading
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PART 1: THE PROBLEM WITH SEO FOR IMAGES “What’s in the box?”This question is asked by Brad Pitt’s character, Detective David Mills, in the 1995 neo-noir crime thriller movie, Se7en. As viewers, we never get to see the answer, what was actually in the box. Although the criminal, John Doe (Kevin Spacey), tells us, it’s Mills’ wife’s head, he could have been lying. There are other clues to help us guess: the movie genre and rating, the pattern of deaths having to do with... continue reading
Why Your Content Calendar & Stock Image Portfolio Are Missing Outaka “Marketing for Obscure Holidays, Part 2”When the movie, Independence Day was released back in 1996 on the 2nd of July 2 (the same day the action in the film started), we all knew that the release date was in anticipation of the American Independence Day, the 4th of July, and that the title would probably have something to do with humanity’s independence from the threat of aliens, as a tie-in. However, did you... continue reading
(This featured image was the first result for "SEO" on Dreamstime.)This is not a leaked document, nor a methodical dissection of any general or specific stock library algorithm out there, full of equations and statistics or anything mathematical. Instead this is one designer's common sense guide for contributors to help optimize their portfolios.Please know that I do not currently have my own contributor portfolio, so I am sure there are intricacies and rules of the road out there that... continue reading
(This is the #1 result for "big fish in a small pond." But it's a shark. How could you benefit from creating concepts?)Can I let you in on a dirty little secret?A lot of designers out there don't want to admit it, but, well...There are a lot of us who have "concept" lightboxes.We don't like to talk about it because it's almost as bad as having "miscellaneous" lightboxes in which to dump all sorts of weird stuff that doesn't make sense to a more specific category.I think the... continue reading
Every time I want to upload a good pass rate.I think DT would accept such a photo.Try to pass more photos. Ignored the quality of the photo itself.Later, I found this is wrong.It can not give you a better income.So I want to say:1.Do not be lenient to their own pictures, not unbridled press your shutter (although digital rather than film).2.Good shooting planned, well prepared. Light, flash, and your ideas. . . . . . This is important.3.Think about why customers will pay for your pictures.... continue reading
SEO 101: Sitemaps and Search EnginesSitemaps can help search engines and humans navigate your website more efficiently.Not only do they enhance the experience for some users, but it also provides an SEO benefit.I can already hear you beginning to ask:* What is a sitemap?* How does it improve my SEO?* How do I create a sitemap?That’s exactly what we will discuss in this article.What is a sitemap?There are two types of sitemaps.One for humans, and one for... continue reading
There is one major element of SEO that is somewhat out of your control as a website owner.Unfortunately, it happens to be one of the most important elements and is capable of massively increasing the amount of traffic to your site in a matter of days, sometimes even minutes.In case you hadn’t guessed by the title, this element is inbound links.In other words, links from other sites to yours.Why are inbound links important?Inbound links are great for SEO for 2 main reasons:1. They... continue reading
SEO 101: AccessibilityAccessibility and search engine optimization go hand-in-hand.If you make your site highly accessible, you can be fairly certain that your content isoptimized for search engines.In fact, it often helps to think of search engines as people visiting your site with a screen reader.While there are guidelines for website accessibility, the most important elements of accessibility and SEO are as follows:* Provide alternative text for images* Provide text... continue reading
Links are a huge component of SEO.Most people know that inbound links coming to your site are a great way to increase your traffic and SEO, but what people often overlook is the links on their site.Whether you are linking to other pages within your site (internal links) or pages on a different site (external links) it is important to build them semantically.Link Text, Link Titles and SEOWhen creating links, it’s always important to use relevant link text rather than something generic... continue reading
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