Hello All,

I am in the final stages of completing my companies webpage (woot!) and am trying to tweak a few components, namely:

I named a series of files Enlarged_VFD_Picture1.html - Enlarged_VFD_Picture35.html. Does it matter to search engines what I name the actual html files? Is there any relevancy added for more accurate file names?

The purpose of these pages is to just be a blow-up picture of what is shown on the website. I have given them all proper titles, but have no description or text on these pages. Any advice would be most welcome, thanks!


  • http://www.mastercontrols.com/Enlarged_VFD_Picture.html is an example of one of the pages in question. Karl Stelter over 8 years ago

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I actually suspect that image file names may now be a factor in the ranking by Google. Since it costs me nothing, I now name my image files as something that mimics the title of the page. Google Image Search is also important and Google relies on a number of factors to help determine what an image is all about, including the image file name:

Optimizing for Google Image Search

Answered over 8 years ago by Anthony Grace
  • Good link you have there! +1 o.k.w over 8 years ago
o.k.w 2355

Google bot and other search engine bots are evolving at a pace we'll never know how advanced they will get or already are.

As much as you can, try to have meaningful filenames, also for images. This serves at least 2 purposes. Other than SEO, also for easy maintenance.

When it comes to images, alt text cannot be missed out too. This I'm sure the bots will hunt for. E.g.:
<img src="saleitems/vpod-160gb-red-for-sale.jpg" alt="VPod (160GB, Red) for sale" />

Answered over 8 years ago by o.k.w

keywords in urls can only help with search optimisation. I understand that hyphens are better for word separation than underscores.

and consider google image search - a lot of traffic would come your way if you had http://www.mysite.com/images/naked-jennifer-aniston.jpg for example.


Answered over 8 years ago by Tony Crockford
  • Agree, hypen is the new "space" these days, o.k.w over 8 years ago
  • lol, wouldn't that be a little black-hat? Unless you have pics of JA naked of course... :P but agreed, sensible, relevant filenames can only help danwellman over 8 years ago
Rob 230


Answered over 8 years ago by Rob
  • The OP is still not getting an answer to his question except for mine. The answer is still no. Rob over 8 years ago
  • Actually, it does. See Matt Cutts, on keywords in URLs: http://searchengineland.com/googles-matt-cutts-on-keywords-in-the-url-16976 Justin Hileman over 8 years ago
  • Matt Cutts says it does "a little bit" but that's not the OPs original question. Cutts also says no one should obsess about it either. So I'll change my original answer to "a little bit" but otherwise the answere is still NO. Rob over 8 years ago