If you have been following my blog so far you will have seen I have been posting about how to improve your SEO rating and promote your Photoshelter account using Social networking sites. In my last post I covered all about You Tube and how posting a video of my images to You Tube improved my rating. If you haven’t read it already I suggest you go back and read it!
In this post I am going to tell you about how using twitter can help boost your hits on your account.
Briefly, for people who have never used twitter fully, twitter is a micro blogging site where you can post ‘tweets’ or extracts of short text.
You can find my twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/nomadtj if you already have an account please do follow me. If not sign up and follow me!
So content, what do I post about?
When it comes down to it you have to be quite careful about what you post. You cannot just post a series of links to your site and be done and hope people will have a look for a couple of reasons.
1. No one will be interested in your page! Fact: Its the cyber equivalent of sitting in a pub and only talking about yourself! Unless you are a mini celebrity or a celebrity like Stephen Fry no-one is going to look at your page for very long and will not follow any links.
2. Crawlers like what Google uses to find out how popular your website is will recognize that the content on your page is poor and see that you have loads of pointless links to your website and mark you down for it.
This doesn’t mean we cannot put our own links on our page but we have to lace it up with some interesting content.
My Twitter I describe as Tweets about SEO for photography, links to inspirational photographers and photoshop techniques. All of my followers then know that I have got lots of interesting content to look at.
1. Tweeting: Plain simple, find something interesting make a mini link to it and post it with an opinion for example
nomadtj “loving the photos on FungiPhoto.com Mushroom Photo Catalog http://su.pr/AHVVVi”
nomadtj “SEO Basic … have you submitted to http://www.dmoz.org/The open Directorys Project, not just google?”
to shorten my links I use http://bit.ly where you copy and paste the link you want into it and press go and it gives you a shortened version.
2. Re Tweeting: This is where you can take what a friend that you are following is tweeting and repost it so all your followers can see it. In several instances it is a great way to get content onto your page but too much will mean that you are just reposting other peoples opinions which if we were back down the pub noone is going to find interesting.
3. Self Tweeting: Telling people about your site. From Photoshelter this is simple, you can go to a gallery or a specific and click the tweet this and up it pops on your profile. I tend to post a photo of the day on my twitter and whenever I add a new gallery post it as well. Having a blog I also have updates for this also.
Let me break down my Tweeting as follows:
New Content searched for by me (Tweeting) ………. 70%
Re Tweets ………………………………………………… 15%
Links to my site & blog updates (Self Tweeting) ….. 15%
Don’t just be self centered about twitter, often spending the time reading other peoples tweets can help. For Example:
I read and followed a link from Chase Jarvis a well known, very popular photographer where he had snapped the view from his window with his iphone and posted it and invited everyone else to do the same. I took a panoramic view off my balcony of Val D’isere where I am currently living at and posted it with reference to Chase’s post. As result it is now the most viewed picture in my Photoshelter galleries!
Finding Followers for your twitter account:
The only way to get followers is to follow people and hope they return the favour if they find your page interesting. To find interesting people to follow sign up to people through a list from a website like
You could also have a look at who I am following and add some of them that are relevant to you and look at who they are following and so on.
I am sorry but that is all from me today have a look at my other posts and sign up to twitter!
View my images at Thomas Jupe Galleries
Find me on twitter as Nomadtj
Go back and look at my Blog Photoshelter SEO – Social Networking Sites – YOUTUBE
Thank you for reading.
In my previous Blog I outlined the first step on the road to SEO for Photoshelter Accounts. That post was going to have all the information in but unfortunately it looks like I have got a long job ahead of me so I am going to continue in a series of posts so if you wish to follow me please add a book mark or follow my RSS Feed.
The following is a list of sites I have signed up to for my photo business.
There are some other sites but these are the main ones. I will cover the rest in another post as-well as going into more in-depth details about how I use each site.
Lets start today with YOU TUBE.
It may seem strange for you to try and image why you tube is top of my list but it has directed a lot of traffic to my site and I’ll explain why. The reason I came across this as an idea was from browsing SEO ideas for shops. One post I came across suggested posting you tube videos showing how products are used as so many people use you tube as a search engine.
I took this idea and decided to make the following video.
Thomas Jupe – Photographs of Ennerdale Valley – Lake District
As a result I had a couple of people included this video in their blogs with links to my website. In my google analytics it shows up how many referals from youtube to my site I received and it was significant! I have made a resolution to make one of these videos for each of my galleries … watch this space!
To make these sort of videos it is very simple, I took the images in my gallery and batch resized them so they were quite low in resolution and inserted them into the movie maker on my mac. You can use windows media maker or any similar free software to make it. I added some music and some titles at the start, the whole process doesn’t take long at all. Once I uploaded the photos to my You Tube account it was just a case of copy pasting some of the text off my gallery on photoshelter and adding a few tags. Easy!
Thats all for now folks but keep following for more information of how to promote your Photoshelter Account using Social Media Sites including twitter, linked in and facebook.
If you wish please visit my site and view the Stock Images By Thomas Jupe on Photoshelter.
Well I signed up to photoshelter a few months back and threw myself into collecting and following as much advice as possible. Here I am going to share my knowledge and tell you all what I have done to SEO optimize my photoshelter account.
First things first! Have a look at the SEO grader in your account. You will find it under the “My Website” heading in the photographer area. Answer the five questions and then get your grade. If you then scroll down it will tell you the good things you have done, the things that you could do better and also what needs to be fixed. The good news is it has links to where you can sort any problems and descriptions for how to do it.
The biggest struggle for me was thinking of Keywords to add to my site. I used Google’s Adwords Keywording Tool.
It makes keywording incredibly easy and also allows you to download the words you collect into .txt documents which I keep filed on my computer in catagories so I can apply them to any new galleries I make.
This process takes a while but with not much effort you can get your grade up to ’96′ like me!
To help these search engines place your site you will need to work on links to your site and your connections. The stronger they are the better.
Please read my soon to come Blog about Social Media sites for the next step.
In the mean time feel free to browse my photoshelter site and Images by Thomas Jupe