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ShazamImages

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« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2013, 14:55 »
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Besides the SEO on the image pages do you also SEO the individual images in the WP "Media Library" folder?

No, I don't really have anything in there (except for the images used in my slideshow), but I do SEO the individual watermarked images.


« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2013, 14:57 »
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No I don't think you need to SEO the media library since it includes the images that are on your individual image pages that buyers see.

Course I also don't know what good or bad it would do if you were to do that.  SEO is new to me.

ShazamImages

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« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2013, 15:04 »
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No I don't think you need to SEO the media library since it includes the images that are on your individual image pages that buyers see.

The image library does NOT contain the images that you upload to Symbiostock.  They are located in a symbiostock_rf and wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content

And yes, I believe that you should SEO those images (for searches via Google Images).
« Last Edit: August 30, 2013, 15:09 by ShazamImages »

« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2013, 15:12 »
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Mine does.  It has the thumbnail and the watermarked image along with all the other images that I use on the site.

« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2013, 15:16 »
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I do mean the watermarked images in the Media Library. They are the images that google sees.

The images in symbiostock_rf_content I SEO offline, this can't be done via Wordpress I think.

ShazamImages

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« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2013, 15:30 »
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Mine does.  It has the thumbnail and the watermarked image along with all the other images that I use on the site.

OK, I now understand what you are saying.

When you upload an image via the Media Library, I believe that it puts the image in wp-content/uploads/2013/08/30 <or whatever date you uploaded the image>.  I originally thought that you were referring to this directory, since that is where the Media Library places your images.

When you upload an image via Symbiostock, it puts the generated thumbnails and watermarked images in the wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content directory (which is slightly different).

If you click on "Media Library" in WP Admin, you will see everything under wp-content/uploads, which will include both of those directories.

The full-size images that you upload are located in symbiostock_rf_content.  That is a protected directory that is not accessible by the outside world (which is good since it protects your original from getting stolen).

IMO, you want to SEO the generated thumbnails and watermarked images in the wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content directory.  You don't want to SEO the original images in the symbiostock_rf_content directory, since nobody can get to them anyhow.

« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2013, 15:45 »
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So you think it's better to SEO the generated thumbnails and watermarked images.

That means if you have 1000 images you have to SEO every image 3 times. 1x on the image page and thumbnails and watermarked images in Media Library.
That's 3000 times Focus keyword, description, etc.

I just have 100 images uploaded and that took me a couple of weeks due to lack of time. :-[

ShazamImages

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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2013, 16:04 »
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So you think it's better to SEO the generated thumbnails and watermarked images.

That means if you have 1000 images you have to SEO every image 3 times. 1x on the image page and thumbnails and watermarked images in Media Library.
That's 3000 times Focus keyword, description, etc.

I just have 100 images uploaded and that took me a couple of weeks due to lack of time. :-[


OK, maybe we are using the term "SEO" differently.  I mean that you should submit a sitemap to the search engines for all of your image pages, thumbnails, and watermarked images.

That's 3000 times Focus keyword, description, etc.


Actually its only 1000.  The thumbnail and watermarked image don't have keywords, descriptions, etc.

For example:

Here is a page for one of my images:
http://shazamimages.com/image/abstract-colorful-segmented-fractal-background-rgb/

Here is the watermarked image:
http://shazamimages.com/wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content/1706-abstract-colorful-segmented-fractal-background-rgb-version.jpg

Here is the thumbnail image:
http://shazamimages.com/wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content/1706-minipic.jpg

The page has the keywords, categories, description, etc.  This page will show up in Google Web Search.

But the images are just images.  They don't have any associated text.  These images will show up in Google Image Search.


« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2013, 16:23 »
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Just want to do things correct.
I submitted the following sitemaps, generated by YOAST, to Webmaster Tools:

http://www.jbstockimages.com/page-sitemap.xml   2013-08-29 17:44
http://www.jbstockimages.com/image-sitemap.xml   2013-08-30 20:30
http://www.jbstockimages.com/image-type-sitemap.xml   2013-08-30 20:30
http://www.jbstockimages.com/image-tags-sitemap.xml   2013-08-30 20:30
http://www.jbstockimages.com/author-sitemap.xml   2013-08-29 18:39

That's what you mean?

BTW, the thumbnail and watermarked images do have captions, description, Focus keyword, etc in the Media Library.

« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2013, 16:30 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.


« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2013, 23:09 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.

That's very helpful to me, Redneck, since I find these duplicate tools and processes confusing. Many thanks.

I'm getting close to submitting my first sitemap to Google, so now I know to send both the main Yoast one and the SYS one. Had to finish Yoastifying all the 700 images I uploaded before installing that. It was a huge amount of work, but now it's done and I've begun uploading new images and doing the SEO on them right from the start. So glad I didn't upload my whole port before discovering Yoast!

« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2013, 23:20 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.

That's very helpful to me, Redneck, since I find these duplicate tools and processes confusing. Many thanks.

I'm getting close to submitting my first sitemap to Google, so now I know to send both the main Yoast one and the SYS one. Had to finish Yoastifying all the 700 images I uploaded before installing that. It was a huge amount of work, but now it's done and I've begun uploading new images and doing the SEO on them right from the start. So glad I didn't upload my whole port before discovering Yoast!

As good as the Yoast SEO is, may I suggest buying the sitemap plugin made just for symbiostock

« Reply #37 on: August 30, 2013, 23:27 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.

That's very helpful to me, Redneck, since I find these duplicate tools and processes confusing. Many thanks.

I'm getting close to submitting my first sitemap to Google, so now I know to send both the main Yoast one and the SYS one. Had to finish Yoastifying all the 700 images I uploaded before installing that. It was a huge amount of work, but now it's done and I've begun uploading new images and doing the SEO on them right from the start. So glad I didn't upload my whole port before discovering Yoast!

As good as the Yoast SEO is, may I suggest buying the sitemap plugin made just for symbiostock

Actually, I've already done that! I was referring to that when I mentioned "the SYS one." It's Leo's plugin, and I will definitely submit it too.

Thanks!

« Reply #38 on: September 02, 2013, 15:22 »
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I'm trying to get my sitemaps (Yoast and Leo's SYS plugin) submitted to Google. The SYS plugin seems to have gone through fine. Thanks, Leo!

However, when I try to submit the Yoast sitemap, I get this message:

Error loading stylesheet: An XSLT stylesheet does not have an XML mimetype: http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl

I left the option boxes clicked as they were when I opened it:
XML Sitemap
Exclude Post Type: Media.

The error message means nothing to me. Can anybody decode it and help me get this right?

Thanks!

« Reply #39 on: September 02, 2013, 15:32 »
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I'm trying to get my sitemaps (Yoast and Leo's SYS plugin) submitted to Google. The SYS plugin seems to have gone through fine. Thanks, Leo!

However, when I try to submit the Yoast sitemap, I get this message:

Error loading stylesheet: An XSLT stylesheet does not have an XML mimetype: http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl

I left the option boxes clicked as they were when I opened it:
XML Sitemap
Exclude Post Type: Media.

The error message means nothing to me. Can anybody decode it and help me get this right?

Thanks!


Yes, you're trying to submit a stylesheet. You should be submitting sitemap_index.xml.

« Reply #40 on: September 02, 2013, 16:37 »
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I'm trying to get my sitemaps (Yoast and Leo's SYS plugin) submitted to Google. The SYS plugin seems to have gone through fine. Thanks, Leo!

However, when I try to submit the Yoast sitemap, I get this message:

Error loading stylesheet: An XSLT stylesheet does not have an XML mimetype: http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl

I left the option boxes clicked as they were when I opened it:
XML Sitemap
Exclude Post Type: Media.

The error message means nothing to me. Can anybody decode it and help me get this right?

Thanks!


Yes, you're trying to submit a stylesheet. You should be submitting sitemap_index.xml.


OK. I understand what you're saying. Thanks for that!

Let me see if I can find where to submit a sitemap, 'cause I thought that's where I was and what I was doing.

Learning curve continues...

« Reply #41 on: September 02, 2013, 16:45 »
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Yoast auto submits for you. I have looked for a place to resubmit sitemaps, but havent found one. If there is a way, let me know if you find one.

Ron

« Reply #42 on: September 02, 2013, 16:51 »
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This is where I control all my sitemaps, its in Google WT

ShazamImages

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« Reply #43 on: September 02, 2013, 16:51 »
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Yoast auto submits for you. I have looked for a place to resubmit sitemaps, but havent found one. If there is a way, let me know if you find one.

I don't believe that Yoast auto submits.  My understanding is that you need to go to Google (or Bing) Web Master Tools and then submit the site maps there.

« Reply #44 on: September 02, 2013, 16:56 »
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OK. I understand what you're saying. Thanks for that!

Let me see if I can find where to submit a sitemap, 'cause I thought that's where I was and what I was doing.

Learning curve continues...

Very odd! I see what's happening there; you're submitting correctly and the YOAST sitemaps seem to be produced on the fly when called, while the Symbiostock ones are actual files, updated regularly. Something is going wrong in your YOAST setup and the links are not resolving correctly. I notice that your sitemap is calling sitemap.xsl while ours calls main-sitemap.xsl.

Your other permalinks are in the standard format, so the rewrite is happening correctly. Looks like a YOAST problem, and I've no further ideas at the moment. Sorry!

« Reply #45 on: September 02, 2013, 16:57 »
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Thanks so much Ron (and Shazam) for posting that. I never would have known. I was only going by the following, in the admin area for SEO.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2013, 17:01 by cathyslife stockphotos.com »

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« Reply #46 on: September 02, 2013, 17:17 »
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Well this is good information once again thanks to Travelling-light and ShazamImages.

I have already submitted both Yoast's and Leo's Symbiostock sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools but now I'm getting a bit confused and need your expertise.

I was just about to add the Yoast sitemap to Bing's Webmaster Tools and looked up the URL for it realizing that that Yoast creates many individual sitemaps.

So the question I have is: Do I submit Yoast's main sitemap XML URL or is it recommended to submit each of Yoast's individual sitemap URLs to Bing?

I greatly appreciate your feedback :)

ShazamImages

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« Reply #47 on: September 02, 2013, 17:20 »
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Do I submit Yoast's main sitemap XML URL or is it recommended to submit each of Yoast's individual sitemap URLs to Bing?

I submit them all.

Ron

« Reply #48 on: September 02, 2013, 17:20 »
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Check my image, you need to submit all sitemaps individually, there is no master sitemap that contains all your site info.

stockphoto-images.com

« Reply #49 on: September 02, 2013, 17:24 »
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OK thanks guys - at least I have something to do now...  :P


 

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