Stocks photos are reused by many bloggers. It isn’t much you can do about it. After all, there are only that many “unique” photos in a niche.
Especially if you are in the healthcare, finance, pet, or fitness niche. Most images look similar to each other.
So, you might want to use an image more than one time in different blog posts on the same domain name.
But is it healthy for SEO?
Yes, it’s perfectly fine and won’t affect your SEO as long you keep three things in check:
- Change the image file name.
- Change the image alt-tag.
- Identify if the image is relevant and serves a purpose in the content.
Do not re-use an image in your blog posts without changing its name. That’s a must. The same goes for the alt tags.
That’s how you can make sure it reduces the similarity between your blog posts and avoid duplicate content issues.
Also, you should turn off any setting that creates an attachment page for your images. SEO plugins like Yoast & Squirrly have this option enabled by default.
Once you’ve checked all of these, there’s no need to worry. You can safely re-use any image as much as you may want. Read our full image SEO guide for more guidance.
However, It’s not mandatory to add images.
If an image isn’t relevant, doesn’t explain something, and is a stock photo, consider not using it at all. Not even once.
So, re-use an image as much as you want. But prefer doing it more than twice. It will only dilute the uniqueness of that particular image and in some cases, it might hurt the user experience.
User experience is a direct ranking signal and Google continuously works on improving the web search experience for its users. If your website has degrading UX, it will hurt your rankings at some point.
Images play an important role in on-page SEO. Some might even argue that blog posts with even a single image will outrank those without any.
Although I disagree. When I started taking marketing projects we used to see this pattern in multiple client websites much often till mid-2019. Things have changed drastically since then.
It doesn’t really matter if your blog posts have images or not. Google has shifted its focus on using machine learning to improve search results. The algorithms are constantly learning and images, are not much of a needle-mover anymore.
Chronologically BERT, SMITH & Sub-Topics Google algorithm updates indicate the reliance on A.I. to improve the search results by understanding what’s inside the blog posts. So images such as stock photos and illustrations don’t have much value
Since they don’t explain the context of the article.
They are just visually appealing.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using an image twice. Your content should remain unique and the image should be relevant, that’s all that matters.
You can also use tools such as Stencil or Canva to create custom graphics online. With some minor tweaks, elements, and customization you can craft unique images without breaking a sweat.