How do I get search engines to find my images?

  flick 23:08 12 Sep 05

I'm in the process of redesigning our website which is for the promotion of photographic images. I have been using NOF8 but am now trying to create my own style.

I would like some of them to come up in a Google image search and wonder what is the best way to achieve this. The current site, where all the images and thumbnails have titles has had lots of visits from Googlebots but so far nothing comes up in image searches.

The new design incorporates the title into the image. Is there something else I can do to make it easier for the search engines to catalogue the images?

I will post a link for critical comment when it is nearer to completion.

  Forum Editor 00:26 13 Sep 05

so you'll need to make use of ALT image tags if you want search engines to list a textual description of your images.

Take a look at this:-

<IMG SRC="forum editor.gif">

That's an ordinary tag. Now see the difference when you use the ALT tag:-

<IMG SRC="forum editor.gif" ALT="best forum editor in the world">

Now the search engine has something meaningful to list. Give it a try, and see what happens. Give Google time to take a new look at your site, and then try typing some keywords into a search, using words that you've inserted into your ALT tags.

  flick 10:07 13 Sep 05

Thank you for your suggestion. The title of the image is in the Alt Tag field - put there by the program automatically. I will see if something more descriptive helps.

  PurplePenny 18:32 13 Sep 05

.. then we'd all be able to find photos of you ;-)

  Forum Editor 19:19 13 Sep 05

See me after class.

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