Top SEO tips for photographers selling their images online

First published:
June 28, 2023
January 31, 2024

Top SEO tips for photographers selling their images online

First published:
June 28, 2023
January 31, 2024

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Learn how to get better SEO performance for your images when selling them online by following these tips specific to photographers…

Why is SEO so important for photographers selling their images online?

In today's digital age, photographers have an incredible opportunity to sell their images online and reach a global audience who will resonate with their work.

Photographer websites and platforms such as Picfair Stores provide a dedicated space for photographers to showcase and sell their work. However, with countless photographers vying for attention, it's crucial to implement effective SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) strategies that will increase visibility and attract potential buyers to your website and, for this guide, your Picfair Store.

In this article, we'll explore some of the most common SEO tips tailored explicitly for photographers selling their images online.

So let's get started...

1 Keyword research

To optimise your images for search engines, thorough keyword research is essential. Identify relevant keywords and phrases that potential buyers may use when searching for specific types of images.

Tools like Google Keyword Planner, Moz, or SEMrush can help you uncover popular and relevant keywords related to your photography niche. These tools provide valuable insights into search volume, competition, and related keywords, giving you all the tools you need to make informed decisions about optimising your images and Picfair Store for better search engine rankings.

To get the most out of your SEO it's essential that you do some thorough keyword research beforehand. Photo by Pixabay

2 Optimise image titles and alt text

Search engines rely on image titles and alt text to understand the content of an image. When uploading images to your Picfair Store, use descriptive titles for each image, that accurately represent the subject matter.

If you're new to what alt text means, it is short for alternative text, and is a descriptive text attribute added to images to provide a textual description of the image content, for users who are visually impaired or when the image fails to load.

When images are uploaded to Picfair Stores, the text used in titles and descriptions for images will also be used for the alt text–so that makes it even more important that you include detailed and relevant information for each image.

You can add and edit titles for images in your Picfair Store from the
"Library" section of your "Dashboard".

For each of your images make sure you create keyword-rich descriptive titles, which can be added and edited from the from the
"Library" section of the "Dashboard" for your Picfair Store

3 Optimise your image file names and formats

Besides image titles and alt text, search engines consider the image file names and formats when determining their relevance.

When uploading images to your Picfair Store, we recreate a file name based on the title of your image, so again make sure you have a title which is relevant to your image.

4 Create unique and engaging image descriptions

When uploading images to your Picfair Store, provide a unique and engaging description (caption) for each image.

These descriptions should be keyword-rich and capture the essence and story behind your photograph. You should always avoid using generic or duplicated descriptions–so don’t be tempted to copy and paste descriptions from other images. As this can hinder your SEO efforts and you might also fail to engage potential buyers who land on your Picfair Store.

Like image titles, descriptions (captions) can be added and edited for any image in the "Library" section of your "Dashboard".

A good description (or caption) for your image is essential for SEO rankings. Captions should be keyword-rich and capture the essence of your photograph

5 Social media integration

Use social media platforms to boost your online presence and drive traffic to your Picfair Store. Share your images on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, (also consider other platforms such as LinkedIn and Pinterest) and include links to your Picfair Store. Engage with your audience, collaborate with relevant influencers, and encourage social sharing to expand your reach and improve your SEO.

Further reading:

On Focus we have many guides on social media promotion for your photography.

Use the power of social media to boost your online presence, and in turn drive traffic to your Picfair Store and increase SEO ranking. Photo by Magnus Mueller

6 Backlinks and guest blogging

Backlinks, which are links that connect one website to another, are essential for SEO as they establish your site's credibility and relevance to search engines like Google.

When reputable websites link to your Picfair Store, it signals that your content is valuable and deserving of promotion. This boosts your search engine rankings and increases visibility for your images.

Guest blogging is an effective way to acquire backlinks. By providing valuable content and including links to your Picfair Store within guest posts on relevant photography websites, you can improve your site's authority, drive targeted traffic, and in-turn, potentially increase sales. You should focus on creating quality backlinks from reputable sources, ensuring they align with your photography niche and target audience.

Proactively pursuing guest blogging opportunities and building backlinks will enhance your SEO performance and establish a stronger online presence as a photographer selling images on their Picfair Store.

Contributing as a guest to blogs and placing backlinks to your Picfair Store can be an excellent way to increase rankings in Google. Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán


In today's competitive online marketplace, SEO is crucial for photographers selling their images online. By conducting keyword research, optimising image titles and descriptions, integrating social media, and leveraging backlinks through guest blogging, photographers can increase their visibility, attract potential buyers, and achieve success.

Embracing effective SEO strategies is essential for maximising sales and exposure and establishing a solid online presence as a photographer, so there's no better time to get started!

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