Most often I get an Email from people asking me why do I use images in all the blog posts. Let it be tutorial, blogging tips and simple review posts. Personally when ever I give a consultancy session to my clients, I always ask them to add an Image because an Image in a post speaks thousand words.
There are few reasons I use images in my blog posts and I will share them with you :
An image in a post increase the presentation of the post. Have you checked the homepage of Shoutmeloud ? You will realize thumbnails of all the recent posts. I have notices any post with beautiful image get more click in compare to an average image.
Image Search Engine traffic
Images also help you to grab lots of traffic from image search engines. Though you might need to take care of few things like Alt text and description. Initially when I used to add images, I never cared about my image names, earlier it used to be something like screenshot.jpeg, DSC023.Jpeg and so on. From the day I understand the importance of Alt text for images in search engine. I started optimizing the name and Alt text of images.
You can also use SEO friendly image WordPress plugin to optimize your images for search engine.
When ever I use an Image in a post, I keep image size around 500*200/300 , this doesn’t increase the number of words but increase the length of posts. If I’m covering a quick post, adding an image doesn’t make it look short. More over adding an image increases the value of the post.
Remember when we were a kid? How easy it was for us to remember anything by looking its picture. This also goes the same with blog posts. If you write a tutorial post, adding few screenshots will help your reader to understand the tutorial in easy 1-2-3 step. For example check my post on how to Install WordPress on Hostgator. I explained everything with words along with screenshot and made it easy for any newbie to get started with WordPress on .
How to find Images for your blog?
Now the question arises how and from where to find images for your blog post. Here are few things which I do to find images for my posts.
I take my own screenshots. I use Snag it screenshot software to take screenshot and also edit my images. This is one such tool which I recommend to all my readers and bloggers. There are many free tools, but again a Professional tool has its own advantage.
Flickr allow you to find images quickly which are under creative common license. I prefer Flickr over any other sources because Flickr image database is more than any other image database. In most of my blogging posts, I download image from Flickr and add it into post with proper credits.
Google Image search
Google image search has added new feature which will let you find images under common creative license. Though I always prefer Flickr over this method.
is another great place to find free images for your blog. They have a huge database of images which you can use freely on your blog. If you find it hard to search for images, bookmark this website and surf it anytime to find beautiful images for your blog.
There are many more resources to find images for your blog, though the point which I want to convey from this post is, you should always use an Image with your post and don’t forget to Watermark your images.
Do you add images with your blog posts or do you write posts without an image?