We’re always harping on business owners to up their photo game. Websites with photos simply perform much better than those without. Plain and simple. But did you know it’s just as important to have photos on your business’s Google profile, too? This hasn’t always been the case. In fact, it’s only been in the last year or so that Google and Bing have been displaying images and logos in their local search results. They made this move as users increasingly want to see photos of whatever they’re searching for. As of right now, images aren’t automatically displaying in search results for every business—only for businesses in certain categories. However, as images in search results are bound to become an expectation rather than a bonus, it’s likely they’ll be automatically generated for all categories before long.
Add Images to Your Google Profile
That’s why, regardless of your industry, your best bet is to set up your Google profile with high-quality images sooner than later. In his latest article on Search Engine Land, Wesley Young gives some great advice for optimizing Google profile images. Check out some of his suggestions:
- Take control of which images appear on your listing. Don’t let Google set a default profile photo by selecting one of your images at random. Go to Google My Business yourself and select your own profile photo.
- Make sure the image is cropped and sized to fit perfectly.
- Make sure your profile photo is a high-definition image: no graininess, no visibility issues.
- Don’t use blatant stock photos because they’re usually pretty easy to detect.
Want more? For Young’s full list of suggestions, head over to his article on Search Engine Land: “8 Tips to Make Sure Your Google Profile Images Boost Your Local Search Results.”