User Generated Content for Your Image Heavy Wix Sites

An image heavy site design is an obvious choice for a photographer, designer, and illustrator portfolio. It can be hard sometimes for these type of sites to rank in Google since Googlebot has fewer context clues to take from the content.

"Ask Me Anything" with Google’s John Mueller

During an AMA with Google’s John Mueller, he discussed the lack of content for ranking for image heavy sites.  He mentioned that visible text on the page is used for ranking, but he also explicitly mentioned the usefulness in user generated content, in the form of comments about the images, as a way to build greater context and content.

He also brought up other usual ways that bring context to images, such as links:

"We’re not going to interpret the images there, so we’d have to make do with the visible text on the page, and further context - eg, in the form of links to that page - to understand how it fits in. With puns, especially without a lot of explanation, that’s going to make ranking really, really hard. How do you know to search for a specific pun without already knowing it?

What I’d recommend there is to find a way to get more content onto the page. A simple way to do that could be to let people comment. UGC (User Generated Content) brings some overhead in terms of maintenance & abuse, but could also be a reasonable way to get more text for your pages."

Wix and image heavy sites

Wix is a great platform for image heavy sites such as your portfolio website. The best tool to use for your portfolio website is the Wix Pro Gallery, the most professional gallery on the web.

With advanced image settings to control the quality and sharpness of your photos. You can easily enhance your gallery with auto-play videos and colorful text boxes. In addition, the Wix Pro Gallery also comes equipped with: 

  • Right-click image protection to ensure that your images are given the credit you deserve

  • Images optimized for each mobile device

  • Get more eyes on your photos with easy social sharing

  • Let visitors show their love with a heart button

  • Allow downloadable videos and photos

  • Add thousands of photos & videos

  • Pick the perfect layout from 9 different options

What SEO possibilities are there for your image heavy Wix site?

Besides creating a stunning website, managing your site’s SEO is the most important thing you can do to promote your website online.

Good SEO can increase the likelihood of new clients finding your portfolio and getting in touch with potential opportunities. Check our blog post New Image SEO Tips From Google and How to Implement these in Wix to help your images rank better in Google's search results and bring more traffic to your website.

How to add User Generated Content in Wix