Simple Image Tips to Enhance and Safeguard Your Precious Blog

Simple Image Tips to Enhance and Safeguard Your Precious Blog

A picture speaks a thousand words”. “A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.”

Do these popular quotes say something to you? Or let me rephrase my question; do these quotes hint at an important blogging tip? Yes, they do.

I am sure every blogger worth his blog looks forward tone thing, and that is a magic bullet to make his / her blog popular in the blogosphere. With approximately billions of blogs hosted online, grabbing eyeballs towards your blog is not an easy feat by any means.

 

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Now what if I told you that I can suggest a super-easy blogging tip that will not only make your blog popular but also bring in more traffic than what you have got at present? You will definitely jump at the suggestion, right?

Okay, so get ready to read the golden blogging tip- use images, videos and graphics to spice up your blog posts. What? You don’t believe, huh? Does it feel too easy and simple to be true? Okay let me tackle this in more detail.

 

Images Boost Reader Engagement

Blog posts that use attractive images stand out from the crowd of posts with just plain text. Diehard fans of your blog may put up with you even if present the content as plain text format without any images, but to get those diehard fans you will need either one or both of 2 things.

First of all your blog must already have been established as an authority blog in your niche. Secondly, your content needs to be so awesome that it compels readers to visit repeatedly. Unless you can manage to achieve such diehard fans, it is better to use images instead.

 

What Kind of Images Work Best?

Now that you are convinced of the importance of using images in blog posts and website articles, you obviously want to know what kind of images work.

Well, the foremost criterion is to use images that are relevant to your content. Cute kitty images may be the most popular image on the internet, but using them for a post on blogging tips or internet marketing may not work well.

On the other hand, if you are ingenious enough to work the cute kitties into your blogging tips, then you may very well use them.

 

How to Find Relevant Images?

Images are abundant on the internet, but not all of them are appropriate for your usage on your blog.

Even if you manage to find images relevant to your niche on Google images for free, using these images may not turn out to be as expected. Simply because they are available on Google images does not automatically make them copyright free.

You will have to choose images that are under the following licenses, but with due credit given to the source of course:

  • Attribution license
  • Attribution-noderivs license (no alteration of images allowed)
  • Attribution non-commercial license (provided you are not gaining any monetary benefits from using this image)
  • Attribution non-commercial noderivs license
  • Attribution share alike and attribution non-commercial-share alike license.

 

Where to Find Images for Your Blog?

If you can shoot your own pictures, or create your own graphics that would be the best choice for images on your blog.

Other than that, you have both free and paid options to source images that match the content on your blog. Flickr, iStock, imagebase, stock.xchng, morguefile, geekphilisopher etc are some of the free options.

Speaking of free images, there is one site that deserves special mention and that is photorogue. These guys actually offer to shoot pictures on demand of the users and the surprising fact is that the whole thing is free.

Before you rush off to this in anticipation of getting some free photos custom shot for your blog, please remember that not all requests are heeded. Only a few handpicked requests get this facility. But as they say, “try and try until you succeed

 

I Got Images What’s Next?

You have painstakingly sourced, tagged and uploaded all the images that are relevant to your blog content. You will now experience better reader engagement.

Your Google Analytics reports, in all probability have started displaying reduced bounce rates and increased time spent on your blog by users. You are very happy to see the improvement and everything feels just fine.

Wait! You forgot to complete one crucial task. Before I let you in on that crucial secret, let me ask you this. How would you feel if you woke up one fine day only to see your blog in a total mess?

You cannot access any of your blog posts or images and every effort that you put into creating, decorating and optimizing your blog is wasted. I am sure that is not a fine place to be. But don’t panic yet. You can skip all these disasters if you have a professional online backup service in place.

Simple extra tips from Gera:

  • Put as Filename of the image, keyword(s) related to the article.
  • Be sure to put an Alternative Text; remember Google understands definitively better text than images.
    Also, if the browser fails in loading the image, you have some text to read or for people who read with images deactivated.
  • Don’t forget to put a short Description of the image including few keywords, but don’t be spammy on this task 😉

 

Synopsis

The main ingredient of any blog is unquestionably, the content. But simply providing content is not enough for your readers.

You have to ensure a good blog design, attractive images, useful videos and some free reports / eBooks as well, if you want to keep your readers happy and engaged on your blog. But a silly mistake of overlooking the backup of the blog theme and all blog files can cost you dearly. “Better over-warned than under-prepared “!

 

About the Author
John offers mozy backup free coupons and sugarsync codes, two of the best online backup software on the net. He also provides reviews and share his personal experience about online storage and why you should backup your data.

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47 Responses to Simple Image Tips to Enhance and Safeguard Your Precious Blog

  1. Images can really help a lot of boast the readers engagement. Most of the time readers will look first the image or images before going through on the blog so images can really encourage readers to read the blog of yours. It is important that in your image selection must fit on the content of your blog.

    • Hi Kia, I totally agree with you. That’s what I was answering to the above comment without knowing your opinion yet! It’s a great strategy to know exactly what images to add on each post. Thanks for sharing with us.
      John

  2. This is a great article, spot on advice. Having a son who is a photographer affords me many original photos. As you point out, the trick is to tie them into the post.

    Infographics are a perfect example to support your point of how visuals can drive traffic.

    • Hello Kathy, it’s a real privilege when having your own photos to add within your posts. I wish I had someone too so it would be less expensive for my pockets! LOL… Nice to see you around.
      John

  3. Hi Felicia, this is exactly what I mean. The eye starts seeing from left to right and it can capture an image in seconds. It is more likely to click on the image without knowing even the title of the article than try reading or understanding what’s the post about. Thanks for the insight!
    John

  4. Hello Sarah, I believe that a blog should be like a newspaper’s structure. If you notice what images some popular newspapers add to their articles you will get ideas for your own blog or website. That will make you think in a more professional way and the look of your site will be more than awesome!
    John

  5. Hi Lee, It’s true. We spend a lot of money for our images while others steal them. It’s frustrating to see your images somewhere else or even your content published on other blogs too!

    About Pinterest, I am also trying to see if it’s worth investing my time over there cause even if the images are pretty good, not much traffic coming in. Even if I have re-pins, doesn’t make any difference. Thanks for your insight!

    John

  6. Thanks Raaj! I didn’t know it. I have found another one called photodune.net with $1 per image (small size) but $0.75 in Fotolia is a more attractive option!! Thanks for sharing.

    John

  7. There are a lot of plugins out there to boost SEO but knowing exactly your targeted keywords with a proper research, will always be the ideal option. Great to see you around.

    John

  8. Hi John, You seem to have covered just about everything, nice job. I prefer to use my own images so I can offer them for reuse on sites like Pinterest, Tumblr. and Flickr. It’s a hard chore since I’m not that great at graphic design. I recommend everyone carry a camera, or cell phone with a decent camera, everywhere they go. I snap photos several times a day and add them to a huge folder that I browse when looking for a post image. I figure in another 20 years I’ll have all the pics I need. lol Thanks for linking to my post, BTW. 🙂

    • Hi Brian, thank you for your kind words. Be sure to backup your data cause in 20 years from now you will need a personal server for your own images! 😛 Have a great new week!
      John

  9. Hi Elena, Flickr is good! Just be careful with the user licenses though. Sometimes they have copyright restrictions. Thanks for stopping by!
    John

  10. i do think images have a lot of sway regarding whether the reader stays with you and clicks for more or loses interest and goes elsewhere, the only problem is that its sooo frustrating when others “steal” your images that youve spend a lot of money on. regarding pinterest, im waiting to see where it goes, time will tell!!

    • Hello Edison, I agree with you, it’s very annoying when someone steals images. Just be careful though and protect personal images and photos cause I’ve seen family photos reproduced on a billboard in a popular city! There are some tricks to make photos safer, the one I know is to add them within “flash” files but that way sometimes takes more time to load and it could become frustrating. Thanks for your insight! Nice to see you around.

      John

  11. Thanks for this useful tips. Most bloggers will surely get a lot of ideas on how to improve their blogs. As a newbie blogger, your tips are very important to me to be successful on my blogs. I really love this topic. Thanks….

  12. I do love to use images, but for a reason that many bloggers overlook: Scrapers.

    The fact of the matter is, other blogs are going to scrape your site, and steal your content; whilst it is usually easy to write into the scraper to remove text hyperlinks, It is really hard to remove an image link since it is hosted on your server.

    Having a file that has your name in the actual file name can get you some recognition even if your content is stolen.

  13. I use SEO friendly images and Wp Smush.it. Nothing more to worry about. I hide the url so others can’t open another window to see the image and I will try that trick I found from skinny artist. I pasted the url on Pete’s comment.

  14. I enjoy reading your post. In order to get successful in blogging, image is a great help. This is a simple tip to make a blog popular and get more traffic. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely enhance more my images in my blog.

  15. Hi Robert, what you say is true. In posts such as how to guides, forums or other informative articles such as cooking recipes, images can make a big difference within the article. It can attract the visitor and engage him to stay more time, enjoy reading or exploring the site.

    John

  16. You can always use Infographics to start interest. Inforgraphics is a great image that will let give out a lot of information that your readers will like as well as have an attractive set of images to keep them wanting for more.

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