A Google search will only show you one link to a website in a search. So if you tag your images you’re your brand name and company name and your relevant keywords, you might get another 2 results on the first page of Google.
Here you can read more about how to own the first page at Google.
I will show the big 3 – there are a lot more sharing sites – but using one of the big 4 you are sure that Google check it out.
Let me go through these major sites, who they are appealing to and tell you about the benefits – so you can consider if you should start using one of them.
I am sure you have heard of this one. Pinterest is one of the most talked about social sharing sites for images.
Pinterest is a huge virtual Pinborad where you can organize and share images.
One of the greatest pros of Pinterest is the fact that is outrank Twitter and YouTube in referral traffic. Yes you read correctly. So if you are looking for new ways to get traffic to your site Pinterest will be a great way to do it.
The link on your Pinterest page is a do-follow link and this will benefit your SEO.
Visually Driven. Pinterest is visually driven and is based on sharing media like photos, images, video and Infographic. So you can use the content from your website and reuse them on Pinterest. This should be an easy transition.
Most of the visitors of Pinterest are women. Pinterest is comprised of 65 percent women and it stated that 85 percent of the traffic to Pinterest is driven by women. So if you have a product for women you should absolutely take a closer look at Pinterest. This could be a great way to drive traffic to your website.
Pinterest is still a new medium and there are new for business. So until now Pinterest is only for fun. Visitors don’t have to worry about ads. But this might change in the futures. So get ahead of the game and start using Pinterest.
Copyright Issues. If you are sharing your own pictures and images you will have no problems. But – as with all social media – be careful not to share other peoples photos and images.
Where are the men? Yes – as I wrote before – mostly women are using Pinterest, so if you are trying to sell products or services to men Pinterest might not be the right place for you yet.
Read more about Pinterest here
Instagram is an Android and iPhone app where people can spice up their photos with a selection of filters. It has more than 80 million users who have uploaded more than 4 billion photos. And yes Facebook bought Instagram here in 2012.
This is also why it’s very easy to share Instagram photos directly onto Facebook. But it’s also easy to share on social media like Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Users are able to like and comment on photos.
There are a lot of popular brands using Instagram like Red Bull, Audi, Starbucks, ASOS, NPR, MTV, Forever21, Topshop, CNN iReport, General Electric, The Boston Celtics, Burberry, Playboy, The Onion, Puma, Sharpie, American Express, W Hotels, ESPN, Innocent Smoothies, The Boston Bruins, Billboard, Air Asia and Gucci. So you see it’s not only for young people but also for business.
Instagram has just launched web profiles. So you can get a dofollow backlink from your profile page.
I am sure you have heard this name too. Flickr is one of the oldest photos sharing sites. It is an image and video website started back in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo in 2005. A lot of bloggers hosted their images on Flickr and embedded the pictures in blog and social media.
In June 2011 Flickr had 51 million registered members and 80 million unique visitors. And in August 2011 Flickr had more than 6 billion images and still growing.
Photos and videos can easily be accessed from Flickr without the need to register an account, only if you want to upload some content you will need to create an account. You can also get an app for iPhone, android and Windows operating system.
Flickr can be very easy to use, and you can use features like groups, tagging, commenting, geotagging, social sharing, printing, and statistics.
Google Trend and photo sharing sites
Take a look here at this Google Trend image where you can see the interest over time.
The number 100 represents the peak search volume. Pinterest is the blue line, Instagram the red line and Flickr is the line that starts back in 2005.
Have a great day out there,
PS – did you see my new imagine gallery here at SeoCustomer? A 3D gallery. Check it out here.
(It’s in flash – I know Apple don’t like it)