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    Do you optimise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    Hi there everyone,

    Hope this year is going to be really prosperous for all of you.......

    When I first started with Google Places for my clients, I read that you needed to optomise (name) all the 10 images with the business name and the location.

    In other words - an image could be names as follows:
    optometrists-johannesburg-eyecare

    Just curious to find out whether any of you do this?
    Does it make any difference at all?

    Best regards

    Greg

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    Re: Do you optomise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    I'm not certain it helps but I do it. I believe it helps though because I had a client that I had NOT done that for. His ranking dropped - just normal ranking shuffle. So I deleted all his images and re-did them with city+KW names. He popped from #6 back up to #2.

    In my training I teach 3 levels of image optimization and that's just number one. I would always do that one basic one, because it's easy.

    Then going a step further you can also geo optimize the images and beyond that you can fully optimize the image with tags (KWs), description and lat/long. One of these days when I get time I'll try to do a post explaining how to do all the various options.
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    Re: Do you optomise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    I think that anytime that you add alt tags and titles to your images helps in terms of SEO. In my opinion, every little thing like that helps. And Linda, I think that would be a great topic for a thread, when you get a chance.
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    Re: Do you optomise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    Yes ON-SITE that helps a lot. Very important!

    But I think he was talking about the G+L page. FYI I was talking about optimizing images with tags and description in the properties of the image right on your computer before you upload. Just realized maybe that was not clear.
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    Re: Do you optomise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    Ah. Sorry, I should have noticed that; thanks for clarifying, Linda. But I agree that both are very important. And I'd love to learn your tips and those of others on image optimization for G+.
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    Re: Do you optomise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    Definitely, also note that images uploaded in G+ can show up in image search.

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    Re: Do you optimise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    Thanks Linda,

    You confirmed my thoughts.

    Please do the post that you referred to....appreciate it.

    Regards

    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Yes ON-SITE that helps a lot. Very important!

    But I think he was talking about the G+L page. FYI I was talking about optimizing images with tags and description in the properties of the image right on your computer before you upload. Just realized maybe that was not clear.
    Yip that is exactly what I was referring to Linda - renaming the image on my computer BEFORE uploading it to G+L.

    As a matter of interest:
    - do you upload the images to Flickr and Panoramio and geo-optimise them there?

    I read somewhere that on one or both of those sites they didn't allow posting images for business - do you know if that is the case?

    Regards

    Greg

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    Re: Do you optomise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    Quote Originally Posted by keenan View Post
    Definitely, also note that images uploaded in G+ can show up in image search.

    Thanks Keenan,

    Thats an interesting point to consider....However, I'm just wondering how that would work?

    If someone was searching for images for "physiotherapy" and your images were named "new york-physiotherapy" surely G wouldn't show yours???

    I'm not sure but perhaps if your images are named without the location then they would show in the image search? What do you think?


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    Re: Do you optomise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Thanks Keenan,

    Thats an interesting point to consider....However, I'm just wondering how that would work?

    If someone was searching for images for "physiotherapy" and your images were named "new york-physiotherapy" surely G wouldn't show yours???

    I'm not sure but perhaps if your images are named without the location then they would show in the image search? What do you think?


    Regards

    Greg
    G will show them if there is enough weight to justify it. However, an image search isn't going to really produce a client more than likely.

    I have a chiropractor in a city and when you do an image search for chiropractor, all his images show up first due to the keyword image title optimization that I did. They were taken from our G+L page, not our website. So, yes, G does use those photos.

    When you said "I'm not sure but perhaps if your images are named without the location then they would show in the image search? What do you think?" are you talking about a global search for "physiotherapy"? If so, I highly doubt it would show up. That's a very competitive term but you also have to realize ranking for that term wouldn't do any good for your local client. They need traffic that is localized, not global, right? I might be missing something here.

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    Re: Do you optimise your images for your Google+Local sites?

    I have named my images with keyword plus city but I have not been able to test that factor to see if it does or doesn't help. Linda, thanks for sharing your experience! I have only recently started to read about geotaging.
    Linda, you said in your training you talk about images ? does that mean in the G+ training?


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