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Nov
19

4 BlogsThat Use Blog Images Effectively

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How relevant are blog images to the over all success of your post?

They can be pretty important if your blog images are used with a planned goal in mind.  However, avoid using images or stock photos just for the sake of placing an image on your site.

Have a purpose in mind.

Blog Images Create Focus

A blog pic and well constructed title can immediately grab your readers awareness.   They should give strength to each other.  A well chosen photo or image and title will direct the attention of your reader to the subject you’re about to discuss in your content.

Tristen Higbee, of Blogging Bookshelf,  got my attention with this title and photo.  When I looked at this image … my first thought was… “Been there… done that.”  I immediately wanted to read the content of the blog.

Blog Images Entertain

In addition to blog pics to focus your reader’s attention, you can entertain.  Melanie Kessell, of Solo Mompreneur, uses cartoon designer images to enhance her posts.  Her selections, not only give you an idea what the content is about… they are ingenious and entertaining.  The minute I go to her blog, I looked to see what the clever title and image she has selected and how they support her content.

Blog Images Create Curiosity

I love the images that Sheila Atwood, of Newbie Lifeline, uses on her blog.  She cleverly uses old photos and vintage  images to create interest.  I’m always curious as to how she will tie the blog image to the content of her post.  (Which she always does beautifully.)   The vintage blog pics has become one of the hallmarks of her blog… and I look forward to them.

Blog Images Create Additional Understanding

Photos are not the only post enhancement you can use.  Graphs and charts can be used to support your text information.

Ana Hoffman, of  Traffic Generation Cafe, used this image to illustrate the power of a new plugin she is using.   Is there any doubt about the effectiveness of this plugin she is writing a review about?   This blog image is one of those classics that measures up to the old saying, “A picture’s worth a thousand words.”

Don’t Shy Away

Blog pics and images can add value to your post and increase it’s authenticity.  Don’t shy away from using them if they can enhance your content message.  Just remember to use them with purpose and focus.

Til later,
Kathryn Griffiths

P.S.  I’m a visual learner… so I enjoy blog images in posts.  For me… load it up.

P.P.S.  How important do you think blog images are to a post?

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Categories : Blogging

Comments

  1. Thanks for the compliment. I have fun looking for the images.

    I love the images. And the use of info graphics makes the information much more real to me.

    I found this great marketing site that talks about using images. Hope you don’t mind me sharing the link.

    http://www.marketingexperiments.com/images/multifiles/articulate/webclinic-11-10-10/player.html

  2. Tristan says:

    Wow, thanks Kathryn! I’m glad you liked that photo! I spent a long time trying to find a good cover pic for that ebook.The final two were this one and of a guy punching his fist through his laptop’s screen. I chose this one because it was cheaper (I got it on iStockPhoto).

    Which brings me to paying for photos. It was something I had never done before, but I really wanted to show that it was a quality product and definitely wanted to draw people in with the photo. It cost something like $16, but I think the end result has paid off. If I had thrown together some sort of lame 3D cube in Photoshop and pretended that was “writer’s block” (and that’s something I had actually considered doing), I don’t think you would have featured me in this post 🙂

    I don’t use enough photos in my posts. All of my posts are pretty text-heavy, and I do need to incorporate more photos. I have done some infographics, though, and those have been among my most popular posts.

    Thanks for the great post, Kathryn! And double thanks for the mention!

  3. Thanks a heap, Kathy, for including my blog and mentioning my silly cartoon graphics!

    It’s funny, you know (pardon the pun) but I didn’t actually think people were paying much attention to the images I enjoy tacking on to my posts. But I was wrong. It turns out I’m not the ONLY “visual” person in the blogosphere. As a matter of fact, 90% of adults are visual learners.

    Want to know a little secret? I’m so much a visual gal that after I come up with a title for a post, the second thing I do is search for an image to use – before one word of my post is ever written. And it always takes me much longer to decide on a graphic than it does to write the post. 🙂

    Thanks again and it’s awesome to be in such great company here. I’m with you on Sheila’s vintage graphics. I can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with next!

    Tristan and Ana have got it wired – no question about it.

  4. Hi Kathy

    I came over from your post being up on Twitter. I am a complete technophobe and up until lately I had my Gen Y niece do my graphics. Not nearly as high tech as the ones you have on this post!

    Alas, she is now unavailable so I either have to get someone else to do them or learn how to myself. That should be interesting lol

    I do agree that visuals are important and I always notice what’s on a post besides the content. Great post Kathy and I loved all the graphics. Some are from bloggers I visit regularly.

    Patricia Perth Australia

  5. Kathryn says:

    Patricia. This tech business can really be a challenge for me some times. I have a sister in the IM business and we usually can figure things out together.

    By the way… I’m a lavender buff and have visited your site. I’m working on a great lavender product to sell on the web. I’ll let you know when it’s completed.

  6. Kathryn says:

    You are certainly welcome. You blog is just the greatest and I love visiting there often.

  7. Kathryn says:

    I don’t use photo all of the time… but when I do… my comment response is greater. I personally love photos on blogs. Because of my readership on another blog, I never post without a photo.

  8. Suzie Cheel says:

    Hi Kathy, Just saw this in the blogboost stream and as I use a lot of images great to see the different ways people use them.
    Thanks for sharing

  9. I’m often amazed at the beautiful graphics that some bloggers are able to find that are so appropriate to their posts. It’s said that a picture tells a 1,000 words and many people are more attracted to a website that has a lot of relevant pictures. The websites you shared are truly some great examples, Kathy.

  10. “Purpose and focus” are good ways to describe what pics on your blog should do. However, how many times have we seen pictures put on blogs just because they were cool pics? Had nothing to do with the blog post AT ALL!!! You have singled out some very good blogs here with cleverly done pictures. They are all awesome!!

  11. Kathryn says:

    Yes, Martha, I have noticed the same thing. I often see photos that don’t match the content or are not related to a clever title. Why bother…is what I want to know.

  12. Images can really help reinforce the point of a post – or catch our attention. Love the examples you picked. 🙂

  13. Kathryn says:

    Thanks Michelle… The secret really is using an image that relates to the discussion… and use it cleverly.

  14. Great tips, Kathryn! Look forward to more in the new year!

    Best,

    Patricia

  15. Bapun says:

    Kathyrn:

    Great job on this one. I have always loved the images Ana has used in her posts!
    I am also loving those vintage shots up there too!

    Well done,

    Bapun