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Flickr Photos Getting A New Look – How It’ll Effect SEO

by admin on June 24, 2010

Beginning today, Flickr users can begin to see bigger and bolder Flickr photo pages featuring prettier controls and more apparent options for learning more about each image. We’ve talked about image optimization in other posts and how image searches, being less competitive, can be a big traffic driver.  We love the new and improved Flickr, especially the better “learn more” options which can be utilized to link to deep pages within your website and pages where qualified traffic can find additional information about your company and products.

New features include:

  • Larger photos — 640 pixels wide on the photo’s main page
  • New placement of  “who, where, when, how” and related information just to the right of the photo
  • These “story elements” are easier to see AND edit – which will make research and discovery easier for Flickr users
  • Prettier navigation controls that are easier to use

Before the upgrade:

After the upgrade:

The filmstrip interface has been completely redone and now features the option to view any specific image in full glory by hovering over it and clicking on the new lightbox view.  One big benefit is that these upgrades are Flash-free, meaning they are iPad and iPhone friendly so you can enjoy the new Flickr just about anywhere.

Flickr staffer Josh Nguyen wrote , “We’ve been keen to build a better showcase for your photos for some time.  With the new photo experience, you can discover, share and organize your visual stories in a new and improved way.”

Test out the new interface by going to your own Flickr account, let us know what you think of the upgrades!  Try uploading some new product pictures with better details and sharper clarity.  Check your referring traffic sources a few weeks after optimizing your new and improved images and see what percentage of traffic is being driven by your images.

Images source: Mashable.com

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