Make Your Blog Images Search Engine Friendly Using WordPress SEO For Image Plugin

Last Updated: June 7, 2013

WordPress SEO For Image is an easy to use WordPress seo plugin. It allows you to optimize your blog images and make them much more search engine friendly.

Plugin Features

  • Change the alt and title attributes of your images automatically.
  • Improve search engine ranking by using more meaningful alt attributes.
  • Efficiently manage the alt and title attributes of all of your post images.

Description

WordPress allows you to upload images very easily via media library. While uploading images there are various options that you can configure. One of them is Alt which is the alternate text for the image.

Is Alt Attribute Important For An Image?

All the websites get indexed by the Google crawler regularly. While indexing a site it goes through everything including your blog posts, pages, images, videos, tags, categories etc. However, it cannot view the images like a human. So if you have an image embedded named “test-image.jpg” it will actually see the following:

<img src="http://wpblogtuts.wordpress.com/images/test-image.jpg">

Just by looking at this code I don’t think the crawler will be able to understand what this image is about. Also the name of the image is “test-image.jpg” which doesn’t mean anything. So this image is pretty much useless in search engine other than making your blog post/page look beautiful to the visitors. Now how can you improve its structure? well, that’s where the alt attribute comes in handy. You could add an alt attribute to the link saying alt=”smiley face”. It makes sense to the crawler that the image is showing a smiley face. You could even make it better just by renaming to “smiley.jpg”. It’s much more understandable to the crawler.

Can I automate this process?

By the time you are reading this post you might have thousands of images in your WordPress media library that are linked to certain posts or pages. So it’s hard to go through each of your images and fix the alt attributes. WP Image SEO will help you with that. It automatically fills out the missing alt attributes of your images.

WordPress SEO For Image Plugin Usage

First, go to Plugins->Add New on your WordPress dashboard. Click on the upload tab. Browse for the plugin file (wp-image-seo.zip) on your computer. Click on the Install Now button. Now activate the plugin. Once you have installed the plugin go to Settings->WP Image SEO on your WP dashboard. It will take you to the General Settings menu of the plugin.

screenshot showing the wordpress seo for image plugin general settings

General Settings

In the General Settings menu there are various options that you can configure.

  • ALT attribute – It allows you to change the alt attributes
  • TITLE attribute – It allows you to change the title attributes

You can either directly enter a text for the ALT and TITLE attributes or use the following tags:

  • %name – It allows you to automatically replace the alt or title tag with the name of the image
  • %title – It allows you to automatically replace the alt or title tag with the title of the current post

You need to enable the following options to change the alt and title attributes automatically:

  • Override default WordPress image alt tag
  • Override default WordPress image title

Example

If you have an image named “McLaren.jpg” in a post titled “Car Image”:

  • Setting alt attribute to “%name %title” will produce alt=”McLaren Car Image”
  • Setting title attribute to “%name image” will produce title=”McLaren image”

Free Download

Plugin Version: 1.1.2

Requires: WordPress 3.0 or higher

Compatible up to: WordPress 3.5.1 (latest)

Last Updated: 2013-05-31

Download Link: WordPress Image For SEO Plugin

If you have any questions please feel free to share it in the comment section below.

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8 thoughts on “Make Your Blog Images Search Engine Friendly Using WordPress SEO For Image Plugin

  1. Hi,

    I’m using the latest wordpress version and your WP Image for SEO plugin does not seem to work.

    The ALT attribute is still emtpy for all images.

    Any idea why might not work ?

    Regards,
    Dinu

  2. Doesn’t work for me either. Or else this explanation is missing some crucial instructions on how to start it and know that t is doing somehting. I’m going to trash it.

  3. Same problem for me ! I’m very disappointed, not only because it don’t work, but also because author don’t answer !!

  4. I installed this plugin, but it has put a right at the beginning and p> towards the end into everyone of my post that has a image. I have uninstalled this plugin but it still shows the above code. What files did it change as I need to correct this ASAP!

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