Strategic Use of Images in Search Engine Optimization

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When assessing page structure and layout, there is a subtle, yet strategic way to use images in an SEO-friendly manner (beyond ALT tags) that improves your search rank while allowing you to integrate the necessary marketing message(s). Confused? Let’s look at an example:

Suppose you operate a travel site and you want to optimize a given page for the term “Las Vegas hotel”. Suppose that you also want to include an enticing marketing message such as “Book now and save 20%!”. The aforementioned tagline lacks descriptive text, but possesses persuasive characteristics. That being said, you may want to place the tagline in an image and the key phrase (i.e. Las Vegas hotel) in a header tag. This places emphasis on the desired term, yet still provides a marketing opportunity without compromising keyword consistency.

In other words, images are a great place to insert marketing messages that lack the necessary keywords and phrases. Leveraging this technique will ensure that descriptive text is indexed, while less marketing jargon is overlooked. The combination of keyword-rich content and enticing messaging will satisfy both sides of the strategic equation.

Andrea L. Allen is an expert Inbound Marketing Consultant at VineSocialMedia.com. She specializes in e-commerce, online marketing, lead generation and video marketing. With a degree in Information Technology and Business, and a Professional Diploma in Business Spanish from the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, she has made online branding and development her niche over the past 16 years, whilst working and traveling through 12 countries across Europe, the US and Latin America. Andrea is also the author of several books, including Awesome Viral Marketing Techniques That Win Clients And Grow Your Business and also, Why You're Not Selling More And How To Fix It: 28 Ways To Skyrocket Your Sales Conversions, as well as How To Achieve Lead-Generation Success Through LinkedIn: Harnessing The Marketing Power Of LinkedIn You can find all of her books on her author's page at Amazon.com and you can email her at Andrea@VineSocialMedia.com.

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