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Image Captions on Anime Vice

Why we want image captions on our images.

Some of you hard core wiki contributors may already follow my blog about the state of our wiki articles and images uploads.  If not, you should.  One month ago I wrote about the importance of adding image captions and now I'm going to do it again!   Remember when the task queue was filled to the brim with tasks asking you to caption images?
 

 Descriptive image captions help Google identify the contents of our images. 
 Descriptive image captions help Google identify the contents of our images. 

As a result of our wiki task queue initiative, In two weeks we had 6539 captions added to our image galleries.  That's over 500 captions added per day!  Why is this important?  Well captions help tell search engines what an image is about.  Then when people search for "dragon ball bulma fanart" we get listed in the results. Try it, Anime Vice shows up in the first page of Google search results -- for me image 2 and 3 are from Anime Vice. 
 
FInally, check out the graph below.   The blue line is the last 30 days and the green line is the 30 days before that. Both lines represent the amount of people Google image search sent to Anime Vice.  Around January 31 you can see the blue line go up and up and up.  It ends at 3,000 visits per day compared to 2000 per day for the green line.  That's 50% growth.  

 Captions make google search traffic grow!
 Captions make google search traffic grow!

I don't know for sure if the new captions added to the images help us grow our google search traffic.  But hey let's see if we can make that blue line go up to 4000 over the next month.  If you want to add some descriptive captions head over to our TASK QUEUE
 
 
[UPDATE] Hey guys PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not just caption the image with the characters name.  That adds no value.  I can do that with code since the image is already attached to the character.  
 
Make the captions descriptive.  Like "Yoko holding a gun" or "Princess flying Voltron".  Not to bum anyone out, but this is the type of captions that don't help:  http://www.animevice.com/hakufu-sonsaku/18-17743/images/
Daniel_Newton moderator is online on Feb. 14, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
Wait, you just explained how it did made google images traffic go up, yet you're not sure it's working. What? 
 
Also to all users reading this, I wouldn't bother including the word "fan art" in a caption when the image is already in the fan art gallery. The only time I do that is for official art because sometimes official art isn't that easy to distinguish from screen caps and stuff (somebody actually captioned some official art as screen caps because they didn't look very closely first). 
 
But anyway, those are some pretty impressive stats, thanks for the update Ethan.
ethan staff on Feb. 14, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
@Newten: Google is a mystery and I've learned never to say traffic is up absolutely because of this, unless you can point to one page that had huge numbers.  In this case its up across all images. 
  
Also, "fanart" is a big search term, so I'd be more lenient with that one even though it may seem a little redundant.
Daniel_Newton moderator is online on Feb. 14, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.
@ethan: Hmm fair enough, it's a shame there isn't a sure-fire way to check that sort of stuff. 
 
All right I guess I'll leave the captions with the word "fanart" in them alone for now. It's a shame we don't have some sort of tagging system (like image sites running on danbooru and the like) captions can get really long which makes it A. impossible to read them without going on the images and B. harder to edit the captions.
ethan staff on Feb. 14, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.
@Newten: Oh we'll know for sure in another month.  We just need more data to be sure.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Feb. 14, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.
@ethan: 
Well, I can' t speak for Anime Vice, but I discovered Comic Vine when i was doing a Google image search for Ruby Summers. I checked the site out, I enjoyed the articles and videos for a few weeks, and joined. It was nice talking and discussing the articles. It was later that I learned about Anime Vice and joined that.
 
Though, lately I've been feeling my comments haven't been too welcome on Comic Vine. The ones concerning my thoughts on Spider-man comics.
 
I already took care of the Nami and Misty image galleries. I'll take care of a few more later.
EganTheVile1on Feb. 14, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.
I just tested this theory out, I added the caption Stride from Voltron to both images I had uploaded of Stride, those images were a colossal pain in the arse to find to begin with and were not found on a google image search, and still do not show up as google image results. I think it has more to do with page hits then captions. Some of my AV and CV lists inexplicably appear as top results on google as do many other user lists, I think this is more due to being recently edited more then anything else. Though the image galleries look much better with captions, and some people show off their sense of humor with captions so I strongly encourage it.
metalsnakezeroon Feb. 14, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.
Ok, this is where the caps come in to use most of the time.
adoggzon Feb. 14, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
@EganTheVile1: Well, if you just added the captions the google probably doesn't know about them yet. I'd try searching again in a few days ,or maybe weeks.
EganTheVile1on Feb. 14, 2011 at 7:31 p.m.
@adoggz:  Good point, side effect of living in the age of impatience is the craving for immediate results
Riboflavinon Feb. 14, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.
I've always thought of her as Yoko Ritona, not Yoko Littner. Probably because I have only watched the subbed version.
takashichea moderator on Feb. 14, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
All right! I enjoy doing these caption tasks more than the episodes tasks.
Bigheart711on Feb. 15, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.
Thanks to the last queue, I've been doing image cleanups for quite some time now, and will continue to do so.
buhssuhton Feb. 15, 2011 at 7:48 a.m.
how detailed do you want those captions to be?
ethan staff on Feb. 15, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
@EganTheVile1: @adoggz: Yah it takes a week or two before something you do has an effect on the search results at google.
ethan staff on Feb. 15, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.
We'll continue to add female characters to the task queue all week.   
 
http://www.animevice.com/wikid/task/queue/     
 
 
ALSO, make sure you're captions are descriptive of the image.  Don't just type in the character name, I can do that with code.  Sorry, but these captions are not helpful in identifying what the image is about:  http://www.animevice.com/hakufu-sonsaku/18-17743/images/
nunamion Feb. 18, 2011 at 4:09 p.m.
congrats on the increase traffic!
SilverZeoon May 29, 2011 at 8:42 p.m.
I'll be sure to add captions to all my pictures as best I can.
EganTheVile1on Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:51 p.m.
Captioned all the Allura images, going to do the same for the other Voltron/Transformers characters over the month

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