SEO for Photographers The Photographers SEO Community Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:49:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Security bug affects all WordPress 3.x sites. Upgrade today! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:44:49 +0000 Like many photographers, you are probably running your website on WordPress. We specifically recommend WordPress for its power, ease of use, and SEO friendliness. It’s the platform we use to run our own sites, and we recommend it because we have seen for ourselves how it can make SEO success easy and accessible.

Normally, our advice on major upgrades like the recent release of WordPress 4.0 is to take it slow and wait until the new version has proven to be stable and reliable, except in cases where major security issues are fixed by the new version. Today is one of those days.

Today, we’re advising all of you to upgrade now. WordPress 4 is now in use by 14% of all WordPress sites, including our own, and has indeed proven to be a stable upgrade. In addition, a new security risk to WordPress 3 has emerged, increasing the urgency of upgrading your site.

The Finnish security research company Klikki has discovered a bug enabling a malicious attacker to compromise any WordPress 3.x site, regardless of version. At present, an estimated 86% of all WordPress sites are still on some version of WordPress 3. If that is you, you are at risk. We highly recommend that you upgrade immediately to the latest version of WordPress, version 4.0.1.

Remember, before you upgrade, BACK UP YOUR SITE.

If you don’t already have a backup solution installed, we recommend the Updraft Plus plug-in, which makes backups easy and accessible and offers a free version that will get the job done. We have no affiliation with them, but we highly recommend them as the best option we know for users who are new to working with backup plugins.

So, what are your next steps?

  1. Back up your site.
  2. Upgrade WordPress
  3. Upgrade your WordPress plugins to ensure they are compatible with WordPress 4
  4. Test your website to make sure everything is working as expected.

Note: if your site is hosted at, then you are not at risk. This recommendation applies only to photographers who are hosting their website on their own hosting account.

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Featured Member: Robert Brook Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:06 +0000 I have been photographing weddings for 3 years now, and absolutely love it. I am a digital wedding photographer living in Colchester. I came to photography by a non traditional route having started in print and progressing into photoshop retouching work first. Learning to see through others eyes and correcting their mistakes helps you see the possibilities of your own finished images and to understand the workflow of creating an image. After 10 years of retouching other photographers work I was itching to use the camera myself so I could drive my own vision and create my own art. Suffering with dyspraxia my hand eye coordination does not come naturally. Therefore photography is the perfect medium to express myself while overcoming my short comings. It also allows me to follow the rules , my rules for composition, colour correction and overall look and feel. This helps keep my work consistent which my wedding couples love since they know they will get what they see in my portfolio. My photography training was gained on Annabel Williams bespoke CPT course, the same course attended by Brett Harkness, Damien Lovegrove & Kate Hopewell-Smith and countless other great professionals.

Jennie & Adam Halls married at South Farm 18th May 2014

My style is loosely based on Susan Stripling , I just love her details shots on the wedding day. I love taking images that are light and airy making brides look radiant all thanks to a talented photographer called Cathy Empey a photographer from Canada who’s style I love.

Todays young brides have been brought up with wide angled smart phone cameras and taking selfies. However the smart phone uses a wide angled lens and anybody above a size zero it will instantly add 2 dress sizes when their photo is taken incorrectly. While photography has become more wide spread today than ever, so has the bride & groom who hates having her photograph taken. Nearly 30% of all relationship have someone with introverted tendencies, I love to help camera shy couples who need help posing and looking great in front of the camera. To help them get over the fear of looking bad in front of the camera.

Couples long to share their photos of their big day online as quickly as possible. All my weddings are supplied with digital images ready to upload straight to Facebook. Having worked with Adobe Lightroom from version one I have excellent command of it, especially workflow! This allows me to photograph a wedding on Saturday and have it ready on Monday for the couple to view. Oh and that includes taking Sunday off :)

Jilly Coombes & David Austin Wedding 20th April 2013

I also educate couples that digital is only a temporary format and will not stand the test of time! Most couples do not realise that digital images only have a life span of about 5 years. Images taken today are only meant to be viewed on todays technology. Digital photography is a ticking time bomb waiting to go off! Most people’s experience of digital photography is less than 5 years old. What will happen when your TV becomes UHD (4000K Tv) in the next 5 years? Thats 4 times better than TVs today. What about in 10 years time when UHD2 which will be 16 times better than today? Simply your digital wedding will be as redundant as video taped wedding of the 80’s. All my couples are encouraged to buy an album collection or at the very least obtain prints from their wedding day to overcome the disadvantages of digital progression.

While I’ve covered weddings in Cornwall, Cheshire & Derbyshire I prefer to now work closer to home in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire & Herts. I’ve just been awarded Most Popular Newcomer Wedding Photographer for Suffolk by Wedding Expert Awards for 2014.

Colchester wedding photographer

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Testimonials & Their Effect on SEO Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:25 +0000 In a Facebook group I’m a member of, I was tagged in a question related to SEO.  I answered the question in the group, but I wanted to also share it here for the community. 

My research says that including testimonials in your website can increase business by 250%. But I am LOATHE to include yet another sea of static words in my layout. Do any of you use creative/visually intriguing methods?

My answer to the question went something like this…

You do want static content that is optimized for the keyword you are trying to rank for. However, testimonials won’t necessarily be optimized for your keyword since they are written by customers.

At the same time, search engines like to see content that moves, which is one reason why including a bullet list, on your homepage, of recent articles, is valuable. So having testimonials will:

  • Provide extra text content, because search engines like content with over 300 words
  • Possibility of them providing keyword optimized content

But having testimonials that shuffle adds the value of moving content.

That was helpful for the person who asked the question and I hope that it was helpful for you as well.


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Featured Member: Luke Jones Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:20:45 +0000 Luke Jones is a Shoot & Share wedding photographer serving California’s Central Coast from Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara and beyond!

As a Shoot & Share photographer my focus is not on post session sales but providing a full quality experience from start to finish. I do have outstanding products such as albums, canvases and enlargements. But I also understand that couples these days want the freedom to share their images how they want and so all of my packages include the Full Quality, Fully Produced images with no minimum product purchase required.


I believe in providing a boutique level of customer service and that my couples should feel like they are my only clients. I pride myself on being accessible and prompt when responding to questions or concerns before and after your wedding day.

I am a lifestyle wedding photographer which simply means that my shooting style is very non obtrusive and hands off. I prefer to capture genuine moments and emotions as they happen so that when you look at your images you can immediately recall what you were feeling at the time and be able to share the story with family, friends, children…grandchildren.

During portrait sessions I am more hands on with posing and guidance. This allows me to capture those stunning photographs that will hang on the wall or sit on the mantle for the rest of your lives.


I realize that in today’s market there is no shortage of capable photographers. So I am both honored and humbled to even be considered. Choosing a photographer to capture your once in a lifetime, LIVE event is a daunting task and if there is anything that I can do to make the process easier on you (whether you book me or not) please don’t hesitate to contact me at anytime.

San Luis Obispo Photographer Luke Jones
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Featured Member: Steven Thomas Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:12 +0000 Hi My name is Steven Thomas and I am the owner and chief photographer at Vellum Studios.

Vellum Studios is a wedding and portrait photography studio in Brisbane, Australia. I have been shooting professionally now for 10 years. With over 350 weddings now under my belt, I have seen a lot of changes in this industry.

During this time I have seen the emergence of Digital photography as the main medium and then the resurgence of film photography as a unique niche within wedding and portraiture. I have also seen the sheer growth in the number of new photographers entering the market during this time.

With such competition within the industry now, you can’t just settle for taking “ok” photos. Each wedding has to be creative and exciting and your skillset has to be constantly evolving. This has been a challenge, but it also keeps the work fun and fresh.

During my time as a wedding photographer I have discovered that the key to a successful business is in building a strong brand and giving your clients the best and most professional experience possible. These factors have built my business through positive word of mouth referrals. And with the surge in social media now, word of mouth marketing is even more important than ever.

My early influences in wedding photography came from a few local Aussie wedding photographer heros of mine. I have always been in awe of Marcus Bell’s stunning work and the beautiful intimate connections his photographs contain. Jerry Ghionis was also instrumental in developing my posing and lighting skills. These days there is such a wealth of talented photographers to draw inspiration from. Not just wedding photographers, but fine art, fashion, portrait and street shooters. Instagram is an amazing tool to discover new work from all fields of photography and design.

Brisbane Wedding Photographer

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Backlinks Still Matter… Oh Yes They Do Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 This will be a very quick one today.

In this video, Matt Cutts shares the truth that backlinks definietly still matter.

No matter how much social signals come into play, having quality backlinks will always play a major role in your ranking.

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Hey Photographer, Optimize Your EXIF Data for SEO! Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:00:17 +0000 At this moment in time Google does not officially use EXIF data in their search engine ranking factors. However, they do keep an eye on EXIF and use certain information (like copyright vs creative commons).

Take a look at this video:

So why am I telling you this? Well, view my video below and see why it’s important for you to start thinking about EXIF data.

You never know when Google will flip the switch on EXIF for SEO.

Thanks for reading,

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Featured Member: Naim Alwan Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:09 +0000 Hello all! My grandfather was named Naim, and so, as to keep with Iraqi tradition, I inherited his name. Naim, that is and will always be my name. Hello.. again, I’m Naim.

I guess I should start by writing why I chose to pursue photography. Well unlike almost every other photographer I’ve spoken to, it wasn’t because I had an affinity to the art of still imagery. My sole purpose of beginning this journey, was one spawned by my desire for revenge.


You see it wasn’t enough for me to inherit a name, I also inherited my father life goals, aspirations, and list of ideal jobs. Of which, Photography was NOT one. In-fact anything that was remotely associated with art, was, and I quote ‘ For dreamers.. Not Doers’. That is when I saw this as my opportunity to not only prove to him wrong, but also an opportunity to get deep, deep, deep under his skin :)

I accepted the challenge and brought my first camera 8 years ago, my much-loved Nikon D90. Often leaving it in the living room just to further annoy him, and it did, used to make him sigh every time he saw it. I was winning :) But that didn’t last as long as I’d hoped. In fact he kinda liked the photos that my keen eye ( luck ) and skill ( even more luck ) could produce.

So I took it one step further, I mean I had to. This wasn’t a battle I was willing to lose and became a motion graphics designer, which did indeed infuriate him more. The fact he didn’t even know what the job entailed fueled his frustration just that little further. I was winning.. again… Well, until it was time to pay the bills, the majority of my work came from the US, and by having to both match the prices the companies would pay in the US and forking out a hell of a lot to convert from dollars to sterling, meant the paycheck was always less than expected.


Thankfully an opportunity to make a little extra cash for being a second photographer at a wedding came my way… It was fun.. so much fun actually I couldn’t believe I was getting paid for it.

8 years on and I’m finally taking it seriously, finally seeing that making a good wage is more than possible. I just need to stick at it, work hard long grueling hours, because working for yourself throws a hell of a lot of obstacles your way. So stay dedicated, focused, and determined, I know my ideal job now, I’m on that path and I will make it to the end.

But if I don’t.. I guess my son will

Cardiff wedding photographer
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Featured Member: Paul Keppel Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:39 +0000 Hi my name is Paul Keppel and I am a wedding photographer in Cornwall who covers wedding throughout the Uk and further afield. I cater for small or larger local wedding but also love traveling for a destination wedding.

I am passionate about photography ever since studying at secondary school. Having followed my formal education with careers in bar management and ultimately ski instruction, I recently returned to full-time education to secure a degree in photography. The degree in Applied Media is a vocational course which covers every aspect of photography from studio work, traditional film and darkroom practice, the history of photography, through to designing marketing material and self-promotion. I dedicate myself to creating fresh and contemporary images and keep myself in touch with current and emerging trends in the world of fashion.

My approach to wedding photography is relaxed and yet creative. I tend to shoot 90% of the wedding in a photojournalistic way and 10% being creative with the couple using off camera flash or putting them in an area with a nice background and beautiful nature light.

I have been very privileged to photograph to destination weddings; one is the beautiful ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland and the other in the sunny area of Lake Garda in Italy. Both of these weddings were amazing experiences and If you check out my wedding blog you will see some stunning images captured.

I am very blessed to live in Cornwall; we have some of the most beautiful scenery in the England. I have photographed weddings in a variety of different locations from, barn weddings at Trevenna Barns to Castle weddings at Pendennis castle and St Mawes, to beautiful hotels like The Carbis Bay Hotel that have of the best sea views in Cornwall.


I try to keep my wedding price packages really simple. I have 3 packages which start from £995 and they all include me for the day, an album of some sort, an online viewing gallery, a blog post and a Branded USB with all their edited wedding photographs. The wedding album, I feel, in a must from every married couple. There are very few things that you are left with after the wedding and I feel the wedding album is a family heirloom. I keep my wedding albums very simple and classic, this making it a timeless memento of your day. Engagement sessions are becoming ever more popular with new brides to be. It’s every day you get married or have a photographer photographing you all day. The Pre wedding shoot is a perfect way to ease you into having your picture taken and I can offer some guidance in posing to help you get the very best wedding photographs. Brides always say that it really helped make them feel relaxed on their wedding day.

Wedding Photographer Cornwall
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The Power of Wikipedia Links for SEO Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Power of Wikipedia Links

I received a very good question that I wanted to share the answer to.

“At some point you are explaining that links to our website are helping to rank up on Google and that depending on what website it comes from it gives more or less “vote”. And then you talk about your website being linked by Wikipedia, which is counting like many votes. I don’t understand how that can work as Wikipedia policies doesn’t allow advertisements anywhere, or External Links in articles, but also that we do not give photo-credits in articles either?

I have spent a long time trying to get links in Wikipedia but it seems to be an impossible mission!”

As you can see, when teaching SEO I mention that links from Wikipedia are extremely valuable. If you’re already in the more advanced side of SEO then you know that Wikipedia uses nofollow links for their external links. Typically when a website uses nofollow, search engines will obey. However, there are some websites like Wikipedia where search engines know the value of linked site. So they take that into account and so a link from Wikipedia is very valuable to your link profile.

As the photographer stated in the question, getting a link from Wikipedia “seems to be an impossible mission.” That’s the exact reason a link from there is so valuable. If you tried to be sneaky and went to a relevant Wikipedia page and added your link, you’re likely to get it removed and possibly booted from Wikipedia.

The way to get a link from Wikipedia is to find a topic that you’re written about in detail, and engage with the other Wikipedia members to get them to see the valuable in referring to your URL on the Wiki topic.

As an example, if you wrote about photographing the fondant on a wedding cake and how one color is better to photograph than others. You could then try to get a link from the Wiki fondant page for wedding cake creators to learn about color choices.

That’s just a silly idea, but hopefully you get the point. Be creative with how you approach it, but do not try to be sneaky.

Of course, I wouldn’t try getting a Wikipedia link until you’ve already done other link building efforts and have been successful doing it.

Hope that helps.

Thanks for reading,


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