If you use a lot of images on your website, it’s important to optimize your images for both performance and SEO.
SEO Image Optimizer is a new plugin that helps you optimize the images that you use on your WooCommerce store, AliDropship store, or regular WordPress website.
SEO Image Optimizer comes from AliDropship, the developers of a dropshipping plugin that you can use with WooCommerce or as a standalone tool. We reviewed DropshipMe, another product from this developer, back in January of 2019.
Because of that connection, SEO Image Optimizer comes with several WooCommerce/AliDropship-specific features that are helpful for eCommerce stores.
So whether you’re running a dropshipping store, a regular eCommerce store, or just a regular WordPress site, check out our hands-on SEO Image Optimizer review to learn how this plugin can help you optimize your WordPress site’s images.
What Does SEO Image Optimizer Do?
SEO Image Optimizer helps you optimize your images in four main ways:
- Shrinks the size of your image files using compression.
- Automatically adds image alt text.
- Automatically adds image titles and rename files.
- Lets you add watermarks to your images to prevent image theft.
For compression, SEO Image Optimizer can automatically compress images as soon as you upload them using lossy compress — no manual action required.
SEO Image Optimizer also stores the original file, so that you can always revert back to the uncompressed version if needed.
Automatic Alt Text
If you want to optimize both your site and images for SEO, it’s important to add the image alt text (or alt tag) to each image on your site.
Image alt text provides Google with textual context about your images, which helps Google rank them.
On a side note, it also helps people who use screen readers browse your site, which is another big benefit.
To make sure each image has alt text, SEO Image Optimizer lets you set up your own alt text templates to apply to images on your site.
First, it includes dedicated templates specifically for WooCommerce products. For example, you can automatically assign the product title and variation information.
You can also set up custom templates for other images, like the images in your blog posts.
In addition to optimizing image alt text, SEO Image Optimizer can also automatically add an image title and rename your file following the same templates that you use for alt text.
This option is available for WordPress sites and WooCommerce stores, but not for AliDropship stores for the time being.