Part of my new years resolution for 2012 is to experiment more with rich media, getting past the basics of text based content and really seeing what Google likes as far as pictures and videos go. While posting video content is fairly straightforward, there is still some mystery behind how Google ranks images in their database.
We all know the basics like optimizing file names, inbound links, surrounding content, link attributes, and caption tags. With all things being equal, how does Google separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to highly competitive keywords.
You wouldn’t think so, but Keith Brown is a pretty competitive name. So here’s a great chance to upload some images with optimized text and varied file names, and see how they turn out in Google in a few weeks.
We’ll see how these larger images end up ranking in Google image search, the goal here being to test whether larger high res images will outrank the poor quality stuff that is present on the first few pages of Google now. I’m sure the other pictures of “Keith Brown” will have more links to them, but none will be hosted on a keyword rich domain like KeithBrown.com, which is a 100% match as far as relevancy goes.