Category Archives: Blogging

Wednesday Tech Tip: Photo tips from National Geographic

National Geographic has over 100 years of experience putting the best images by the best photographers on its pages. Their website has a section devoted to their present and past photography and photographers. Get inspired by their Photo of the Day archive, live vicariously through their photo blog, Proof, featuring the stories behind the international shoots, and pick up photo tips direct from National Geographic photographers.

Take the time to peruse this incredible collection of photography and think about what makes these images so amazing- so National Geographic worthy.

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Featured Collection: Cats

From Grumpy Cat to Lil Bub and all the adorable kitties between, the internet is obsessed with cats. At Cutcaster, we too have love for the kitties, so much that we created a whole cat picture collection full of photographs and vectors of the fluffy felines.

This time of year, as we approach the Halloween holiday, our mind turns to the dark side of cats: spooky black cats. There are many to be found in our cat lightbox!

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You Found Us How?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

Search Term of the Moment: For sale + Real Estate

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.

 

 

And today’s offbeat search, with rather delightful results:  Abstract Background Vector

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You Found Us How?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

Search Term of the Moment: Garden

Attractive Happy Young Adult Woman Wearing Hat Gardening Outdoors.

 

And today’s offbeat search, with rather delightful results:  Female Bodybuilder

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Featured Photography Collection: Vintage Technology

Vintage technology photographs can be used to simply evoke nostalgia, but they can also be effective in illustrating concepts and ideas in an interesting and original way.

For example, pictures of a vintage typewriter or phone would go nicely alongside a story about modern communication, email or letter writing, and an old radio or record player can enhance a story about music, or create contrast in a blog on current music formats like mp3, cds, and the future of music technology. A collection of colorful clocks speaks to the future, the past and all aspects of time.  Rusting old cars are a great comment on leaving the past behind and looking towards  new concepts (or new cars), and a retro camera is always a terrific image when talking about vision, focus or more literally, photography.

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Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

Search Term of the Moment: Beverage 

Ice dropped in beverage.

And today’s offbeat search, with rather delightful results:  X-ray

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You Found Us How?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

Search Term of the Moment:  “Native American” and “Person”

Beautiful girl

And today’s purely puzzing search term, with rather delightful results:  You

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You found us how?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

Search Term of the Moment:  Mohawk

Mohawked boy

We’ve got that and more Alternative Lifestyle photos!

We also get some more naughty keywords?!?!?  Today’s best:  Asian sexy girl pose

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When Words are Absent: How to Make your Photo Blog SEO-friendly

Seo-red-arrows-Search-engine-optimization-webJust because you run a photo blog it doesn’t mean you don’t need search engine optimization (SEO). Some bloggers make the mistake of thinking you can only optimize blogs with words, but that’s not true at all. In fact, there’s a lot you can do with your photo blog to make sure you get the maximum search engine benefit from your visual content. Here are some tips.

Name Your Photos

One of the first things you should do, before you even upload any photos to your blog, is make sure they have names that reflect what they are. If a photo is called DSCN2000 or PICT8500m, how are the search engines going to know what the photo shows? On the other hand, if you call your photo ‘Rhode-island-casino’ then there’s no mistake about what’s in the picture. It’s also helpful to resize your photos to the maximum size you want them to display before you upload them – this will help with page loading speed which search engines love. And when you get around to uploading your pics, then make use of ALT tags to provide additional information. Search engines love those too, and it’s also helpful for people with visual impairments who are using a screen reader or other accessibility device. Use the image name for the ALT tags and it will be obvious to every site visitor what your images show.

Titles and Links

What is your photo blog post about? Does the page title tell you? If it doesn’t, it should. Now, this doesn’t mean that you always have to be factual. Sometimes you may want to ask a question about a photo or link photos together in a theme. But generally, use a title that says what readers can expect to see. Titles are also important because they generate permalinks.

Read any advice on SEO, especially for WordPress blogs, and it will say that you should make your permalinks pretty. This is crucial. A permalink is the permanent link to your content on your blog and, just like the names of the pictures, these work better when they are short, sweet and descriptive. As we’ve said, blog software usually generates the permalink from the title, but you don’t have to use all the words in the title in your permalinks. Take out ‘the’, ‘a’, ‘and’ and the like and focus on the main words that people will use to search for your content. While you already know that keywords are important for written content, they are equally important for visual content to help people to find your stuff when they search.

To help yourself with SEO, consider using a plugin such as All in One SEO Pack, Platinum SEO, FLV Simpler SEO or the SEO features built into premium themes from a range of providers. These will encourage you to include optimized titles, keywords and descriptions for your images. This only takes a couple of extra minutes per post, and is totally worth it.

Use Tags and Categories for Better SEO

SEO is not just about search engines, but about helping users to find your content – the two go together. Clever use of categories and tags can help you achieve both aims. Think of category labels as ways of organizing large collections. For example, you might have photos of buildings, landscapes, people and art – each of those could be a category. Then you could tag individual photos by color scheme or location. If you have a travel photo blog, then perhaps you want to create categories for each continent, with sub-categories or tags for the different countries. If you’re writing about cruises, have categories or tags for the different cruise lines (Cunard, Royal Caribbean, P&O). You get the idea.

Do Some Writing

Just because you have a photo-blog, don’t ignore the search engine power of text. A couple of lines of description of the photo will give the search engines something additional to crawl and will provide an excerpt when people link to your content. And you need people to link to you, because that will also show that your site is relevant to others in its niche – and that’s also good for SEO.

And finally, post regularly and include a sitemap optimized for Google and other search engines. On WordPress blogs you can do this with the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. This will ensure that all your content is crawled and you can sign up for a free account with Google Webmaster Tools so you can check on the progress of your SEO efforts.

We would like to thank Izzy A. Woods for her guest post on optimizing your images for search engines.

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