Do images help a blog post or distract from the words. Here we tell you why they work and how often to use them.
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
Table of contents
- All images are not equal
- The cat has a say
- My block buster products
- Using Canva to build an image
- Adding free images to your blog
- Inserting an Alt description with every image
- The use of Lists and tables adds value to your SEO
- Images and branding
- Are gifs appropriate
- Memes are in Vogue
- Using images for chasing keywords
- YouTube is necessary to your post
All images are not equal
Of course, this is fictional and put together to start a conversation on the use of images in a blog or page.
Many people scan read looking for subjects of interest and a good appropriate image stops them in their tracks
I created these using a common free service that creates all sorts of funny and interesting articles
The cat has a say
The cat has a say
The number of silly gifs are only limited by your imagination
Being a cat person this got me thinking about what else could be done
My block buster products
These are all freely available at Fodey.com and should only be used sparingly. My overuse is purely showcasing a few examples that may take your interest.
You can have talking birds, tomatoes, squirrels, and all sorts of good things but I think I have already gone into overload
Using images like these is easy at Fodey however I would control the urge to use them too often. They are a special effects tool, not an everyday insert.
Do Images Help a Blog Post and using Canva
Using Canva to build an image
CCanva.com is a free and pro image builder that can be used on Social media as well as web pages or blogging.
You put in what you want and even download your pictures.
This is an award-winning product used by every serious blogger.
I use this often for impact marketing because it can be very different from the normal run-of-mill products and offers great opportunities to gather interest.
Adding free images to your blog
Images are not all free and many come with Royalty rights. Using the wrong images could result in a lawsuit for damages, however rare it be.
I sprinkle images throughout my posts to grab the interest of the skim readers. The images you use should always be appropriate to the subject at hand and not just inserted for visual effects.
Remember that site speed is important and placing large images at the top of your page will slow down the opening time, a vital part of your SEO performance.
Images may be scattered around your page either
right-left or center usually depending on the size of the image.
There will be some debate about heat map distribution or where the eyeballs settle first.
Most of us read left to right however skip readers probably go the same way so which comes first.
Do Images Help a Blog Postand must they have an Alt description
Inserting an Alt description with every image
Google is a pretty smart guy but he still can't read images so we need to tell him what they are about. Again opinion divides on this. Yoast SEO says that your Keyword is great in about 60% of cases but after that a descriptive clause. Many will advocate only descriptive clauses but I tend to follow Yoast
The use of Lists and tables adds value to your SEO
You should use these as summary applications at all times because it makes reading quite easy.
- A list is a dot point summary
- Keep it to the point
- Long lists are distracting
The preferred application is tables because you get to provide a bit more information for the reader.
|Tables are generally two columns wide||Either side can expand to your demand|
|You get to emphasize a point||Tables offer more opportunity|
|They are fully manageable||Insert or delete when you want|
|Google loves tables||They can say a lot|
This can also include quotes
You will know that plagiarism in any form is a no-no and should be avoided at all costs.
However, the use of quotes is an entirely acceptable package.
You can find quotes on just about any subject with a Google search and using a quote block insert them into your post.
“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”
Shannon L. Alder
This will enhance your authority by locking into knowledge by others.
Images and branding
Your brand is important however it must also be used consistently and in the same format.
You want people to recognize you immediately and your brand application will do this.
For a business, it may be your logo or for a personal blog, it may be your picture that you promote.
Use your image and brand as often as you can to build a following.
All of my blogs have a consistent pattern followed by my image and a link to Wealthy Affiliate.
Your brand may include colors, font, and images so maintain their integrity by consistency.
Are gifs appropriate
They can certainly add a bit of character to your work and are very easy to build at the
They are not my personal favorites but everyone to their own.
Memes are in Vogue
Again a common use site at Meme generate
Using images for chasing keywords
This may be a bit out of the square however a very handy tool to use. It uses A google product called Google lenz that gives you access to so many ideas for good keywords.
By right-clicking a standard image and selecting search with Google lenz a whole new world will open up for you.
YouTube is necessary to your post
YouTube is searched nearly as often as Google so not having a link or an embedded Thumbprint takes many search results away from your article.
Furthermore having a link to YouTube places time onto your site a major SEO requirement.
If you want a lot more training on this or other website matters there is a really good introduction to Wealthy Affiliate done by one of the owners Carson.
It is an hour-long but covers a lot of material that you will be happy to access and make your chance of success much stronger.
Images are a fundamental part of all reading material. They provide both an attraction for readers and a rest for tired eyes.
There are so many free and low priced opportunities for even a rank amateur my look like a professional.
Google likes them, readers welcome them and the whole page looks a lot better.
Therefore there is no reason not to enhance your work with the best offers available.
My thanks to DianeScorpio at Wealthy Affiliate for her contributions