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[resolved] SEO for image filenames? (6 posts)

  1. henryrplumleyjr
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Is there a way to have the actual file name of your image used as the plugin's filename? Right now the images are given:

    579.jpg as a default.

    While checking my SERPs I noticed this. I then grabbed the image info from a few of mine to confirm that I hadn't forgotten to name an image. This is the image info I found:

    Location is - http://www.blog.hankplumley.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/572.jpg

    Associated text is - Left Side Shot of YC-15 in the Century Circle at Edwards Air Force Base.jpg

    The associated text is the name of the file which I uploaded. Is there a way to use this as the image file name instead of the "572.jpg" default?

    Link to example:

    http://www.blog.hankplumley.com/photo-gallery/military-aircraft/edwards-air-force-base/?photo=572&occur=1

    Thank you for your help and a great gallery plugin !

  2. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    The answer is no. This is the way it is designed:
    The filenames are all <id>.<ext>. The photonames are the filenames at upload time. This allows for different photos to have the same name, regardless of the album they are in.

    The very long (descriptive) name of your example should be in the description field of the photo. So Left Side Shot of YC-15 in the Century Circle at Edwards Air Force Base you should enter as description, the name is usually something like HPIM1280.jpg for a photo from an HP camera. You may change that if you like in the edit screen to something else.

    You should not bother about filenames any longer since they are no longer the photo names when they are imported into wppa+.

    See Photo Albums -> Edit the album and scroll down to the photos where you can change the name as well as the description.

  3. henryrplumleyjr
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you for the quick reply, must appreciated.

    Through a good bit of testing with the naming of the photos and descriptions, I have found that using the long names vs. default name and description works best when trying to use SEO practices on the images for SERPs.

    The google bots don't like "HP1121.jpg" with a description, they like the long filenames with no description. Also helps on the back end when searching for a particular photo, currently I am closing in on 100k photos.

    The current setup is workable, just not ideal in terms of SEO. With your answer, I now understand the reason for the naming of the images as such.

    Again, thank you for your time and quick response!

    Happy New Year :)

  4. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well, I see it as an advantage that my private photos are not googleable.

  5. henryrplumleyjr
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Very good point.

  6. Gordon Spence
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @opajaap

    "Well, I see it as an advantage that my private photos are not googleable. "

    Perhaps then you shouldn't be uploading them to the Internet? :-)

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