Google Images - Photographers need them!
|Date Added: July 27, 2012 05:22:28 PM|
|Author: ProsPhotos Editor|
To see what Google Images has indexed from your site, go to https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi and do a search for site:domain.com and replace domain.com with the domain name of your website. For example, if I want to see what images are indexed for http://www.geekswithcameras.com then I would type site:geekswithcameras.com in the search box.
You should see pictures from your site as the result of the search. If you see no pictures, or if you are only seeing navigational icons, you need to work on your site to get your pictures indexed in Google images.
You may be asking yourself, why do I want my pictures indexed in Google Images. There are two main reasons you want to have Google index your photography.
First, a lot of people search the web using Google images. You will want your photography showing up when people search for photography in your category. It will drive traffic to your site and also open you to a market that you may not find in another way.
Second, there are some sites that use these pictures when discussing or showing details of your site. An example of a site that does this is http://www.prosphotos.com. ProsPhotos.com is a Photography Website directory that allows photographers to add their photography related websites. On their details page for each site, they include a Google Images search. Here is an example of one of those pages: http://www.prosphotos.com/detail/detail/camera-market-australia-2324.html
If you have done the Google search and find no images or the images you find are not the ones that you want to show up, there are several things you can do to your site to make the images you want show up in the Google Search.
The main thing you can do is modify your site and use the following guidelines to help improve your sites ability for Google to index your images.
Google support also has some good suggestions. You can watch a video about this at this location: http://support.google.com/images/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=175288
They also have some additional suggestions here: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=114016