Best Free Tools to Compress and Optimize Images on Your Blog

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Compressing your images is one of the many ways that you can optimize them for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Search engine optimization of your images is not only about adding the correct words to the titles and adding Meta information. It is also about the file type and size of your image.

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A larger image is going to take longer to download because it has more information on it. This becomes a problem because loading times are an SEO factor. You also need to remember that some file types will store more information than others. For example, a 500×500 image as a JPEG is going to be far smaller (in terms of kb memory) than the same sized image as a BMP.

There are also other factors to consider, such as how a GIF may be a very small image size on its own, but if they are strung together in order to create a HTML based animated image, then it may be a lot bigger. All of these factors need to be considered, especially when putting images on a blog where images from previous posts may affect the loading time of the current blog post if they are still visible or present on the current page. Here are a few tools that you can use to optimize your images a little better for your blog.

Smush.it

This is a good tool because not only will it help you to resize your images, it will also compress them in a way that removes file fragments that are not specifically needed. It tries to be as efficient as possible when it comes to compression, optimization and resizing. It is trying to make sure you lose as little quality as possible. It celebrates this in a cute fashion by showing you how many bytes you have saved through using the device. It does its best to work without altering the visual quality of the images, and you can even compress it online and download it as a zip file that may be opened at your leisure. It does have its limits, but is very good for a free tool especially.

GIFWorks! Free Online GIF eTools

This is a tool that allows you to edit your GIF images. That is where you can start, but you may also resize the images too. It is going to lose a bit of clarity if you size up or down an image, but there tools are based on working with GIF images, so the loss of clarity and focus is usually far less than what you get with other tools of this type. It is better to optimize and edit your images after you have resized them, and you can do that with this tool. You may create special effects on your screen too, including helping you to build animated improvements and effects.

iResize.com

This is a very easy to use optimization tool that is also rather fast at what it does. It is a website based tool that is free to use and will help you to resize and optimize your images quite easily. It is good if you want to give it a few tries. Your best bet with a lot of these tools is to not trust your first resize (unless you are resizing it to the same size). If you are flexible on what size your image may be, then try out a few different sizes and you will soon see how good some look when compared to others.

Image Optimizer

It allows you to play with your images a little, and you can do it online with a web browser. You can do it for free and it even has a bulk compression system so that you can do quite a few of them in one go. This tool was named after the thirteenth earl of Hume’s granddaughter. You can download the tool to your computer if you want so that you can compress your images or resize them as you wish and when you wish. It is slightly faster if you do it via your installed tool, and the installed version will allow you to compress with just one click.

myImager.com

This is on online image editing and optimizing tool. You upload your image onto the web browser via the tool and then try out a few of the editing tools that they have on there. It has filters and editing tools that you may use to make your image a little better. It is a free service and you can resize your images to make sure they are better optimized for your blog. The maximum size you may load onto the web tool is 500 KB. It also has an online storage capacity, but it is only temporary, so make sure you download the images that you like.

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