One of the first things that you should learn about blogging is that images are crucial to your success. That’s a rule of thumb that’s true no matter what subject is the focus of your writing. Here are some of the reasons that photographs are necessary for every blog post that you make.You may opt to take images yourself when possible.
Aesthetically Pleasing Posts
Including images with your blog posts makes them more attractive to the average web reader. It breaks up blocks of texts and helps hold your readers’ interest. Since readers’ attention spans when perusing the internet are notoriously low, having photos to block up sections help give your blog post a more professional appearance that simply looks better.
Luring the Reader
Visitors to your site are more likely to read your post if it is accompanied by a picture. In fact, blog posts that have images attractive more than 90 percent more views. People often feel more compelled to look at a page that has an interesting picture. Once they have clicked on your blog post, you can keep their interest by supplying riveting content.
Search Engine Success
Your blog posts are more likely to show up in the front page results of search engines if there is an image attached to each one. Sometimes the image may get a higher ranking than the page itself, and that can ultimately help you get hits on your website.Choose the right images for your blog in order to achieve success.
Now that social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram are enjoying massive popularity, one way that you can enjoy the widespread sharing of a blog post is to place an attractive, unique image that readers will want to share. As part of your image caption, you may even encourage you readers to share it and have a directly link to an image-based social media platform.
Where to Get Quality Images
So now that we’ve addressed why images are so crucial for your blog’s success, let’s look at some of the best places to get images. You need to work on ethically acquiring images because it’s never okay to copy images from someone else’s blog. Even if the photographs are in the public domain, a blogger went through a lot of trouble to curate photos with their posts, so you don’t want to rely on someone else’s blog for your own photos.
You may opt to take the pictures yourself if that’s possible to do with the field you’re writing about. If you are willing to pay for images, you’ll have easier access to a wide range of photographs to go with nearly any topic. Some top pay site for images include ThinkStock, Dreamstime, Getty Images, and Shutter Stock.
Free images are also available, but you may need to spend quite a bit more
time in order to find the right photo for your blog entry. You may do a search for photographs that have a Creative Commons license that allows you to use them. Sites like Flickr allow you to do a search for photos that can be used for free for commercial reasons. Other sites for free blog images include Free Range Stock, Free Photos Bank, and ImageFree.
Finally, be sure to spend the time to find at least one quality photograph to go with each blog entry that you create. Sometimes the photo can be similar to the topic or a play on words that the post uses, but it’s important to always use an image. As you start making posts with photos, keep in mind that you can still turn to BlogPress for help. BlogPress offers full service blog hosting, training, and support in addition to initial set-up assistance.