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blogging basics
why you must name your pictures!

oh hello strangers! i've been in a bit of a writer's block mode. but i think i'm back. sometimes we just need a break, no? i'm also busting out with a blogging tutorial (first one in AGES) to get me going again!

first of all - let us talk about WHY naming your pictures is important.

1. it can help drive traffic to your blog!

when someone googles "how to spray paint vases" and your pictures is called "how to spray paint vases - step one" and not "0982934709872_9.jpg" your picture, blog, and tutorial is more likely to show up in the google results.

(in essence, it ups your google juice!)

(also - can we discuss why google still isn't recognized by my computer's dictionary? i would think it would be a legitimate word by now...)

2. when someone pins your image (and they are going to, right?) pinterest has now inserted coding that automatically pulls the name of the picture into the pin description! which is super handy for lazy people like me, IF the name of the picture accurately describes it!

how to name your images for pinterest

there are two really simple ways to do this!

one!

the easiest way is to name your pictures on your hard drive. this name will carry through the life of the picture, including any coding for websites i believe. you might double check your HTML though if you are hosting through photobucket just to be sure.

two!

you can go into your HTML and edit the coding of the picture to accurately represent it!

three very simple steps:

how to name your pictures for pinterest step one

how to name your pictures for pinterest step two

how to name your pictures for pinterest step three

this might take a few extra minutes per post but if you are serious about growing your blog, upping your google juice, and really taking advantage of SEO, then it is worth the extra five minutes!

14 comments:

  1. I didn't know that about google finding the image name! Thanks for the tip. And, yes, why is google not recognized by computers still? It is a perfectly acceptsble verb. :)

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    1. My pleasure - glad it helped you out!

      Let's petition computer dictionaries. Just sayin.

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  2. This is AWESOME advice! I really need to start doing this. Thank you so much for the fabulous tutorial! You so smawwwt!!

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    1. Thanks Kristen!! It takes a few minutes but I really think it is worth it in the end!

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  3. Yes! I've just started doing this recently and I have noticed new traffic from google images. Unfortunately, it also means people are using my photos more without my permission, but it just means watermarking is more important than ever.

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    1. Watermarking is SO important regardless of what you name your pictures. I try to watermark everything!!

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  4. Thanks for the tip. I never thought about the name of the picture! Thanks again!

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  5. LOL! You called me out! I noticed Pinterest's change, but have been in too big of a rush to mess with them lately. I think renaming my pics would be easiest for the future, but I'll have to go back through some posts too. ugh... :)

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    1. I didn't really MEAN to call you out girl - I definitely did my best to leave the names of the blogs off the picture so it wasn't obvious BUT to be honest it took a while to find a picture that wasn't named! So I think in the big picture you are probably doing good!

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  6. Dude. I would have never even thought of this. You are the best sharer ever!

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  7. I've been trying to remember to do this ever since Haven. It's so important!

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  8. Stopping by from RH, such great information here, can't wait to explore your blog some more!

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  9. great tips! I try and do this with most of my pics, and it really does seem to help :)

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