First of all, let me be clear – we are definitely guilty of using cheesy stock images. We would like to announce that we are “in recovery” for terribly SEO stock images, and have vowed to stop using them at all costs. One day at a time, together, we can stop using these images.
First off, a statistic – the first image featured on our list was used 3,545 times! And that was just tinyeye.com, which isn’t that great at picking up on modified versions of the image. That is a sad sad figure. Friends and colleagues: we must stop using these images.
Arrow pointing up and search engines listed on cubes with “SEO”…nice
Magnifying glass over the URL, resist the urge to put this on your site.
SEO with a bulls eye over the O. Catchy, but no.
Smart guy mapping out SEO theory? Russel Crowe?
Guy holding chain, I guess this signifies linkbuilding or something.
More magnifying glass, and more search engines mer. Don’t forget yahoo!
SEO with green guy, kind of an “organic” look. Probably the best of the worst. Still, no.
“SEO” within a puzzle amongst industry terms. Ugh. Don’t forget “web logs” as part of your SEO Strategy!!
Did we miss anything? I’m sure there are more, and there are a lot of variations of these, but these are the basics. I would like to note that all of these images were designed very well, and the original designer should be very proud of themselves, its just the fact that they have been used over and over and over again without any regard for creativity.
Hello I'm Patrick Coombe and I'm the CEO and Founder of Elite Strategies, an agency I started in 2009. One of the main reasons I love blogging about SEO is the research it takes to come up with the posts. It allows me to not only write about what I love, but to learn more about the industry in the process. I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did consider sharing it or even better linking to it!
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