|H1 tag||Tagging Options||Optimized URLs||IMG
|Photos can be Grouped
to save favorites,
& display list on
|photobucket||8||800k+||image hosting/sharing site|
|DropShots||6||8k||Framed photo pages kill SEO!||image hosting/sharing site|
|Shutterfly||8||68k||AJAX is crappy for SEO!||image hosting/sharing site|
|slide||7||311k||Flash-based, so not great for SEO. allows you to make slideshows/screensavers out of photos - a number of blogs/news services and sites like flickr & MySpace are already set up through here, so your photos could already be appearing here. Not really a photo sharing site, but a way of sharing your photos from elsewhere via a slideshow.||Slideshow hosting site|
|PBase.com||8||2.75 million||Allows voting for images.||image hosting/sharing site|
|Webshots||8||11 million||Allows any user to use the images on other sites. Has Facebook integration.||image hosting/sharing site|
|SmugMug||8||5.35 million||entire caption used as ALT text -- perhaps better if just picture title was used only. Also, entire caption appended onto TITLE -- too much text.||image hosting/sharing site|
|MyPhotoAlbum||8||147k||image hosting/sharing site|
|PhotoSite||8||514k||image hosting/sharing site|
|Fotki||7||2.4 million||image hosting/sharing site|
|dotPhoto||7||130k||Allows users to rate galleries.||image hosting/sharing site|
|Phanfare||6||11k||Automatically sets up a unique third-level domain name for each user! Also provides RSS feed to update users when you add galleries/pix.||image hosting/sharing site|
|Kodakgallery||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||0||10k||Amazing that this venerable photography company has crappy SEO! Main page is redirecting, causing the homepage's PageRank to break.||image hosting/sharing site|
|23||7||489k||Seems quite immitative of Flickr||image hosting/sharing site|
|snapfish||8||22k||image hosting/sharing site|
|PictureTrail||6||258k||Provides option to disable right-click functions.||image hosting/sharing site|
|eSnips||5||305k||Homepage redirects! Also bad: indiv photo pages have two sets of HEAD and BODY tags!||image hosting/sharing site|
|flukiest||5||11k||image hosting/sharing site|
|Parazz||5||4k||Too much Flash/AJAX, though has XML/RSS||image hosting/sharing site|
|PixPulse||6||56k||Allows users to vote on images.||image hosting/sharing site|
|Riya||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||7||13k||Bad: requires image uploader application, so I didn't test further||true image search engine and hosting site|
|Ringo||6||61k||Integrates with MySpace easily||image hosting/sharing site|
|MySpace.com||8||19.4 million||Not very valuable for image optimization due to lack of interlinking, but could still be valuable if you have optimized your MySpace profile, since users who come across your profile my browse your images and then click over to your monetized site, if you've linked the image title to your pages.||social networking site|
|7||22k||Has nice ability to associate people within an image with their facebook profiles -- this people-tagging function is very cool.||social networking site|
|flickr||9||29.3 million||Great API allows for mashups and better distributions.||image hosting/sharing site|
For "Optimized URLs", I counted them if they were not querystringed or if they are using mod/rewrite -- I didn't check for whether keywords are allowed/included in URLs - In a few cases, the TITLE was replicated in the URL for good keyword weight, but in most cases the URL is just a randomly assigned number.
For "PR", I just show the Google PageRank of the site's homepage.
For KodakGallery and Riya, both services required installation of their image loading software. Since I didn't want to load this software, I was unable to test their features for the chart. However, their PageRanks and # Pages Indexed were so low that they likely don't offer much that's worthwhile for optimization.
This comparison research was published in conjunction with a presentation on optimization through image sharing sites by Chris Silver Smith, presented at a number of conferences.
The Image Sharing Site SEO Comparison was provided courtesy of Argent Media, Dallas, Tx..