SEO - Title tag
I believe we would get more incoming traffic if we when we add a title to our photos (which we currently can) that the < title > tag would reflect that title.
For example, Flickr does this. If I have a photo titled "Sunset over Pushaw" on flickr, the title tag reflects that. I've received many more hits from Flickr than I do with Zenfolio.
I rank high for my niche. However, those super long title tags drive me nuts and all m y SEO tools go bonkers for having a 125 character title tag. Not sure your experience. In my case, the display name is included with my title tag of my photo. So sometimes I do get the correct title tag. Other times it is a mash up of the display name with my title tag.
I have invested a LOT of TIME and EFFORT in my web site and I still can't it found on Google here in the UK??
John Paul Henry commented
I'm hugely disappointed in the lack of ability to edit page titles.
This is basic.
And I paid money for this?
What a joke. Time to take my business elsewhere.
No updates on this? it's been 3 years! Does SmugMug have this as a feature??
Michael Halberstadt commented
I have no idea if your suggestion will help, but I am very frustrated how poorly my Zen site shows in search results. The vast majority of images that show when searching my Zen site are from my blog. The same images uploaded elsewhere are sucked up by Google and Bing regularly. In fact I just did an image search of my main Zenfolio site with about 35,000 public images:
and then a search for a blog site I don't use much with I'm guessing about 1,000 images on it:
My Wordpress Urbantexture.com blog gets more hits than my Zenfolio hosted SiliconValleyStock.com despite having far fewer images. And my workflow is such that the images (almost always) share the same keywords on all my sites. I shared a Photoshelter site for some stock photo purposes (now defunct) and it did loops around my Zen site with the same images and keywords.
Zenfolio has a lot of good things about it but without good search results, it might not be worth it.
Unbelievable this isn't implemented from the start!
Fixing this issue and related "real names" in urls vice random numbers could easily push Zenfolio to the top of the photography web site food chain.
As noted below this needs to be fully flexible -- some may want their site name first, others the photo's title followed by the site name. The quality of the code on zen speaks to a very talented team of implementer's. This should be incredibly easy for them to implement -- and sure to be a profit generator.
George Wheelhouse Fine Art Photography commented
This is a big deal for SEO, and is so simple to implement.
I can't believe I'm having to vote on something that should have just been implemented at the beginning. But, yeah.
LongLensPhotography Art commented
The gallery or photo page <title> needs to be [object name] | [business name] rather than the other way round.
I agree with the suggestion. Alt tags should NOT include homepage name and gallery title. It actually hurt to do that.
Also, there should be an option to make alt tag "same as caption".
Tim Devine commented
Please let us control what goes in the title tag. You can give us variables for "site title", "gallery title", "photo title", etc. So we could arrange our page title to be "photo title" - "gallery title" - "site title"....which is basically the inverse of what you do today. Heck, just give me the ability to pick the opposite order.
Beautiful World Art Prints commented
I only have one vote to give but I think more control over our title's would be helpful.
Right now, what I'm seeing is that our photo titles follow this pattern:
Site Title - Album (gallery, collection, whatever) Title - Photo Title.
It's my understand that Google doesn't look past about 60 characters, so it may never get to photo title. Sure enough, when I do a site-search for my site on google, most of the photo results are titled with my site and gallery and maybe a word or two of the photo, depending on the length of the album title. This may be the best for someone who is selling a service, i.e. I do weddings and want people to find *me* - but if I'm trying to see individual photos, I think the photo title is king, and I'd rather my titles were strung in the opposite direction - Photo - Album - Site. I think this should be an optional setting to give users more control over what they are marketing.