Getting Images Ranked in Google News

Jan 24, 2007 • 7:26 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

You conducted a Google News Search, let's say on Yahoo, and up come news results related to Yahoo!. But you see those images next to the articles? Where do they come from? That is the question a WebmasterWorld thread asks.

If you click through to those images, it normally takes you to the article that has the image as a source.

As far as I know, Google News only pulls images from sites included within the news index. And they don't always select your image, the image has to be optimized for Google News.

Google News Image Optimization Optimizing images for ranking in the Google News results is not incredibly hard, I believe. Here are some tips off the top of my head:

  • Make the image as square as possible
  • Ensure the image is relatively small in file size
  • The file name should be specific to the article title
  • Can't hurt to add alt tags
  • Place keywords next to and under the image
  • Of course, the article must be about the keyword you want the image to be found for

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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