Images on blog that important?

by ymest
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Hello everyone....

We all ( most of us hopefully : here know that fresh quality and relevant content is what matters when using articles to drive traffic to your blog!

Now, what about images? To tell you the truth, I don't like them too much and to be even more HONEST WITH YOU, I am not good at formatting and inserting pics, choosing them etc...

I just want your opinion on this:

Should all my posts have a picture, image, video?

Is there anyone out there who thinks like me and prefer to spend the time writing rather than fiddling with pics?

Or....am I totally wrong and should I "decorate" hahaha my blog posts?

Thanks in advance for you kind input.

Blessings to all!

Yoan
#blog #images #important
  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    My feeling is that images help to break up the text and just make it easy to read. I don't think they are always 100% necessary though, and it depends on the niche. For example, if you've got a site about travel or cooking then you need images. Other general info sites don't necessarily need them - but anything that improves the user experience is good in my book.

    There's also the SEO benefit - you can include keywords in image tags. In some cases I also get a lot of searches from Google Image Search, too, so if you can find images relatively easy I say it's worth including them.
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  • Profile picture of the author EricBaglio
    I would say that adding images increases the quality of your site drastically if you place the right type and size of picture. You don't need a 300x250 px image to make your site look nice. Sometimes just a small clipart image or even wordart can enhance the site. It really depends.

    As for the SEO, I'd say that it definitely gives you another check in the box for things we know Search Engines love: Image Keyword Optimizing. You can put your keyword in the file name of the picture as well as give it an alt tag with the keyword. Heck you can even put a caption if you want with the keyword although sometimes this will start to look a little too spammy.

    Back to the point: I think it helps a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kev Stevenson
      I'm with Ruth and Eric on this one...

      Pics make the page more attractive and can give an SEO boost if done right.

      Rename the image to include your keywords i.e. 'keyword.jpg' before uploading.
      Try to use your keyword(s) in the alt tag and caption if you can do it tastefully.

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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    I think you should "decorate" your blog. Having said that, if you use WordPress, images are not that big of a deal. You don't really need anything else beyond what comes with a standard wp installation. Make sure you're not using copyrighted images, however! You can go somewhere like here: stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site , and get royalty free images. Make sure you read the fine print, however.
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  • Profile picture of the author DudeAndy
    Images in-posts are a must if you ask me. Nobody like plain long articles. Try and interact with your readers in any way possible!
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    Useful images are very important. They will gain your visitors attention and lower your bounce rate. Also you can get a lot of traffic through Google's image search!
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I'd say imges are mandatory if you want to gab and maintain the attetion of your audience. The "web" is all about text and pictures. People shouldn't have to be greeted with only streams of text. Liven things up and it will pay dividends.
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  • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
    Sometime it becomes hard to describe in words, then using image snapshot works a lot better. e.g. if you are writing about 'how to configure outlook ...' etc. then use of images can be a better choice compared to just large paras of plain text.
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    Users don't immediately read pages...they scan them...This means you have to come up with a creative mix of language, images, layout and color to make your material stand out and shine.
    Believe it man...a picture is often worth a thousand clicks...
    oh btw the wrong way to add images is to buy stock or steal them off of the web. Instead, make every effort to include original media in your content.
    It doesn’t matter what you use, just make it original.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMToday
    Timely discussion as we are getting ready to start our blog and we were talking about this just the other day...

    For what we'll be doing, images are going to be somewhat of a hassle. We'll be making frequent relatively short blog posts i.e. a few blog posts a day that might often only be a few hundred words (or less) and I can see spending as much time sourcing and fiddling with images as we do writing the actual posts.

    Seems silly, but I agree that in general just a bunch of text isn't very inviting. Although maybe in our case since our posts will be really short we can get away with not using images. We shall see...
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by ymest View Post

    Hello everyone....

    We all ( most of us hopefully : here know that fresh quality and relevant content is what matters when using articles to drive traffic to your blog!

    Now, what about images? To tell you the truth, I don't like them too much and to be even more HONEST WITH YOU, I am not good at formatting and inserting pics, choosing them etc...

    I just want your opinion on this:

    Should all my posts have a picture, image, video?

    Is there anyone out there who thinks like me and prefer to spend the time writing rather than fiddling with pics?

    Or....am I totally wrong and should I "decorate" hahaha my blog posts?

    Thanks in advance for you kind input.

    Blessings to all!

    Yoan
    Hey, Yoan. I personally don't think they are that important. I have articles and product reviews on my site. I don't use any pics or whatever in my articles, but I do use either a banner/product pic or the creator's pic if they fail to create any graphs -- just so the potential customer has a frame of reference for what and who I'm talking about. That works fine for me.

    Good luck,
    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author raft
    It seems to me the text with a picture - it is appreciated above by search engines without these
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    When I see a blog that is nothing but large blocks of text, my eyes glaze over and I close the site. Images add interest to the articles. If nothing catches people's eye, they are likely to leave. Large blocks of nothing but text are boring.
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