6 Reasons Why You Should Use Images In Your Blog Posts
October 22, 2007
Images. To use them, or not to use them? That is the question. Surprisingly enough, the answer is simpler than the question. Do use images on your blog! There are plenty of reasons why, and we will cover many of those reasons in this article. Before we do that, let’s cover another quick question.
Q. Why have you not been using images in every single one of YOUR blog posts?
A. Because I was stupid. I thought there wouldn’t be any image that would work with many of my post topics, so I avoided them altogether. But there’s ALWAYS an image out there you can use, no matter what you’re writing about!
Here are the six BIGGEST reasons I’ve come up with that answer the question, “Why should I use images in my blog posts?”
1. You attract more attention to your articles. Sometimes when I visit a website or browse through my feed reader, I would pass on by a post if it didn’t have an image. If the post has a lame title or doesn’t seem appealing to me, it’s very likely I’ll skip over it. But if the post has an eye-drawing image, I’m instantly lured in. By using images in your posts, you get people to read your content when they might not otherwise.
2. Your blog doesn’t look like a huge mass of words. Who wants to read paragraph after paragraph without any breaks? That’s what school and work are for! When people sit at their computers, they don’t like being bored or looking at ugly sites. When you use images, your blog looks a whole lot more interesting. And for people who have never been to your site before, it creates a perfect first impression!
3. You can help explain what you are discussing. If a reader is not 100% sure of what they are reading, an image can help clear things up a bit. If you are writing about a confusing concept or a complicated contraption, having an image of the thing in your article not only livens it up but can help clarify things too!
4. You can get search engine traffic from images. If you tag your images properly, image search results from search engines could send some targeted visitors your way. For a detailed explanation on this and how to implement it, please read here.
5. They can help fill up some space. If not for any of the other reasons, then here’s a good one. If you write a short post and don’t want it to look like something sloppy you didn’t work on, adding an image instantly gives the article a professional feel and makes the reader think you worked harder than you really did. That’s always a good thing!
6. WHY NOT?! There’s no reason why you shouldn’t use images. As stated earlier, you can always think of an image to use no matter what topic you’re writing about. Also, they are sites dedicated to providing images you can use without worrying about copyright, and most of those sites provide some images for free (more on that later).
Of course, there are some image don’ts, but not a lot of them! DON’T overdo it. Make sure there are more words than images, always. One image in a post is fine. Two is sometimes okay, but three or more is usually always pushing it unless your post is a whopper. Too much of a good thing is bad! DON’T use an image that screws up your design. If your image is too big, it can stretch your blog’s layout and make things very, very ugly. If you avoid the dont’s, you should be fine!
Q. So where can I find those free images for my blog?
A. Some people say, “Oh, I can always get images at Google”, but many of those images belong to people and you don’t actually have the rights to use them. Instead, why not use a photo stock website? They contain decent to great quality images that you are allowed to use, and most of them are free of charge!
To see my recommendations of image stock websites, please click here.
I’ve learned my lesson about ignoring the use of images for a very long time. I’ve realized that when images are utilized properly, only success is in store for me – the same thing applies to you as well! If you have any questions or any advice to share with the rest of us, please leave a comment. Thanks, and good luck with making your posts more appealing!