You Need Images in Your Blog Posts!
Having images in your blog posts is vital to the life of your blog post.
Not only are they visually appealing to your readers, they also play a role in your rankings and encourage more social shares.
Good SEO Demands Images in a Blog Post!
Your images rank in Google just like your articles, not using an image is only shooting yourself in the foot.
Every blog post should have at least one image.
That image should have a file name that uses the main keyword of your post.
It’s really important that you fill in the image alt tag description as well.
Any additional images need to use relevant keyword names in the file names too.
Related Article: 5 Tips to Optimize Your Blog for SEO
Images in Your Blog Post Help Tell Your Story
Nothing brings a blog post to life like good images!
If you want to convert sales on your blog, images are going to play a big role in your visual appeal to readers.
No one wants to see a big waffle of text and no image to help tell the story.
In addition to being a good part of your SEO for your blog, they also help you give a visual for your readers.
The images don’t always have to be your own.
You can adapt the work of others to create your images.
Just make sure they’re free for commercial use!
Where Can I Get Images for Blog Posts?
You cannot just take any old image from the internet.
A lot of folks don’t know this and innocently just click the old “save as” button over images they wish to use.
Images in Your Blog for Social Media
Images are great ways to attract readers from social media.
Whether it’s Facebook, Pinterest (an image is a must for Pinterest) or Twitter, images are a great way to draw readers in.
If you don’t have an image, what is going to show up in social media if someone shares your link?
Use images in your blog posts, use them to tell your story as well as for social media.
Now social media is a bit finicky, there are specific sizes you should use for Facebook and Pinterest.
I use a social share plugin called Social Warfare and this helps me control which images posts on social media, it also tells me what sizes to use.
Canva.com is a great photo editor for creating specific social media sized images.
I get most of my stock photos here at Deposit Photo. Millions of beautiful images to select from.
Who wants to be boring?
Readers are attracted to images, whether it’s on social media or just in the blog post itself, a good images is worth a thousand words!
I’ve always been a creative soul and I love to make cards, pictures and play with graphic art. With Pinterest being so popular, the ability to create beautiful images has served me well.
I like to create beautiful pictures, infographics and images for my web pages so that I can pin them on Pinterest and drive more traffic to my online work. A good image can bring you more visitors because a lot of people are visual creatures.
You can use them as the featured image or in the actual post itself, they’re great for social media as I mentioned above.
Personal recipe pictures are easy to edit! A recipe graphic can be a killer way to draw people to your page. First, I look through all my photos of my recipe and then choose the one that I think will draw the most eyes to it. I upload that photo to one of the free editors and start playing with the editing tools. I always label my recipe with a title and use some sort of color to draw attention to it. The colors and font you use are up to you; play with the different fonts, colors and stickers until something grabs your eye.
Creating Graphics People Want to Click-On
When I create graphics for my webpages I am constantly trying to come up with something “clickable” for my image. I want it to say something catchy and explain what it is at the same time! Catchy titles are a good snare for grabbing readers; take your time and think about what it would take to get you to click on a graphic. Stay relevant to the topic of the page and be creative with your use of fonts. Browse through Pinterest and see what others are doing. Think about what grabs your attention as a reader and try duplicating those techniques with your own work.
Use Legible Fonts on Your Graphics
The font you use is important! I like to use multiple fonts but I like to keep it legible too. You want your reader to be able to read it quickly, if they strain their eyes to read what you have written, you’ve most likely lost their attention. Fonts should be big enough and clear enough to read. The style and size of your words matter almost as much as the words themselves. Ask someone you trust for their opinion if you are unsure about your work, it’s always nice to have an extra set of eyes.
There are so many ways to create a killer graphic for your articles, I suggest you take your time and play with it.
The graphic you are creating could be the doorway to a lot of visits.
If you’re not super savvy at creating images, here’s a quick trick that works great!