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Google Image indexing - A simple guide [message #30740] Tue, 12 July 2011 20:44 UTC Go to next message
avatar dizingof  is currently offline dizingof
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We all love Google when it comes to searching the web, it (almost) always gets you what you were looking for and fast.

For that, Google uses a propriety secrete algorithm to rank websites.. so that you the surfer can enjoy relevant & accurate results.

We, Shapeways shop owners can help Google better index our designs pages as well as our images to potentially receive the highest converting traffic possible both from Google's textual searches as well as from the images section.

There is a lot of traffic doing a search on the Images-search on Google and so we need to help Google Bot "understand" whats in our images/photos and how relevant they are for the average Joe.


When posting on any forum, a blog or on any webpage consider this simple guide:

Create a textual link to your design page - one that best describes the design - ex:

[url=http://www.shapeways.com/model/238250/steampunk_dock_for_iphone_4.html?gid=sg28396] Steampunk Charging Dock for iPhone 4 [/url]


The result:
Steampunk Charging Dock for iPhone 4

That is a simple textual link - now lets add a picture so Google can relate to it as "Steampunk Charging Dock for iPhone 4".

Insert your picture as an
[IMG] ....  [/IMG] 
tag in between the
[URL= ]  .....  [/URL]
tag like this:

[url=http://www.shapeways.com/model/238250/steampunk_dock_for_iphone_4.html?gid=sg28396] Steampunk Charging Dock for iPhone 4

[IMG]http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j322/dizingof/PICT0051.jpg[/IMG]

[/url]




The result:
Steampunk Charging Dock for iPhone 4

http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j322/dizingof/PICT0051.jpg


The picture is now associated with the "Steampunk Charging Dock for iPhone 4" link and is also click-able.
(you can add more images for the same link - one after another)


I personally host my pictures on photobucket.com, it's easy to copy & paste an image link from there and also my pictures load very fast
- that is another thing Google "counts" into its ranking algorithm. Speed.

(You can add as many as 10 pictures per one post on Shapeways forum)






Tweak your Google Analytics account to view full referring URLs

Ever noticed you cant see where traffic from Facebook arrives to your shop?
All you see under the referring sites is http://www.facebook.com/i.php

The rest of the address is missing and you cant see which profile liked your model and posted about it
- the same goes for forums and blogs out there that your design may have started a buzz but you cant know about it and cant react or reply..

All you see is truncated urls like this:
/forums/showthread.php
/forums/viewtopic.php
etc..


Follow this simple guide to add a filter on your Google Analytics account and in few hours hit the Visitors link (on the top left) then click on "User Defined"
- you should now see actual full referring web address which sent traffic to your pages

(You can click on the "none" pull-down menu then choose "landing page" - to see what pages this traffic landed on)








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icon14.gif  Re: Google Image indexing - A simple guide [message #30802 is a reply to message #30740 ] Wed, 13 July 2011 14:52 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar denali3ddesign  is currently offline denali3ddesign
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Bookmarking this thread...great info.

Thanks, dizingof!


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Re: Google Image indexing - A simple guide [message #32648 is a reply to message #30740 ] Sun, 14 August 2011 08:00 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar dizingof  is currently offline dizingof
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A quick follow up:

By looking at this image-search for steampunk dock you can see (scroll few pages down) that Google first favors a picture of my dock posted on a forum other than shapeways - i,e:

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=31627.0

and only then pictures from shapeways pages..

This means, the more you post your pictures on different web forums the higher your images/links gets ranked



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Re: Google Image indexing - A simple guide [message #32669 is a reply to message #30740 ] Sun, 14 August 2011 16:46 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar aeron203  is currently offline aeron203
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Thanks Dizingof, that is useful information.

The search algorithms are really not advanced enough to analyze the whole page in context, but they are definitely doing more than they used to. I noticed you are naming the picture itself "PICT0051.jpg". I always thought the filename was important for image searches. That would make sense. I think, in the multi-billion dollar search industry, when they say they made a huge innovation and the searching is now "contextual", they simply mean that if you format your html in a particular way, then their algorithm can connect them together. That is not what I call good software.

Again, I appreciate your help, but having to do this certainly does not make me like Google more.



Aaron - 40westdesigns.com/blog
Re: Google Image indexing - A simple guide [message #32671 is a reply to message #30740 ] Sun, 14 August 2011 17:43 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar dizingof  is currently offline dizingof
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You're welcome.

I do name all my pics followed by numbers (created by the rendering software) - yes, it is very helpful for indexing as well.

When uploading pictures to shapeways the server renames your pics.. so that is something perhaps the IT dept. can look into.


You may not like how Google work but it is the biggest search engine on the planet.
You can choose to learn how things work online or stay passive.

I posted these simple instructions by request of Pete , shapeways CEO - it really isn't much of an info to share since it is somewhat basics for any one who ever went online - still, sometimes what one considers as trivial is someone else a new method how to get search engine traffic to one's shop.





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Re: Google Image indexing - A simple guide [message #32680 is a reply to message #30740 ] Sun, 14 August 2011 19:22 UTC Go to previous message
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I am familiar with how the web was supposed to use meta-information to help form meaningful connections, even if I do not know all the weightings and formulas of the Google search algorithm. My point is that the most meaningful description you could attach to an image would be what the author chose to title it, and it's unfortunate that the name has lost relevance. I'm surprised so many image hosts didn't really consider this when they change that information.

I have been putting a text link and an image link in product shots for a long time, but not in together in one link. Good to know.


Aaron - 40westdesigns.com/blog

 
   
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