How important is it to add pictures do your posts?

by Wide
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How important is it to attach pictures to your posts?
Will adding pictures every time you make a new post, make you rank higher in the SERPs?
#add #important #pictures #posts
  • Profile picture of the author BODH
    Yes sure it helps,. It may also brings traffic from google images.

    i had a website which brings much image traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author Wide
    I have been browsing a lot of blogs lately and it looks like most of the "professional blogs" have a "cool" image to most of the posts (if not all), while the "IM blogs" normally have none or very few.

    Wonder if this is something Google is looking into as well ... hmm
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryPabalates
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    using pictures, videos with your posts helps in seo also....
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Williams
    It also allows you an opportunity to insert your keywords and Alt text which helps with onsite SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wide
    That's true, didn't think about the alt text

    Might as well just add one while writing, it makes the post look good too
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    • Profile picture of the author marknel
      Images speak more than words and I think adding images to the post makes it attractive. But remember to compress the images using Smush.it before uploading so that big images do not have impact on the speed of the blog.
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      • Profile picture of the author TCwarrior
        adding a good image should also help against visitors opening you page and going away qucikly, they see a good meaningful image they may read your content to see what's about/mroe details...
        So if your headline fails to grab attention your image may do the trick
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I'm not sure it matters much at all from an SEO perspective, save for the fact the "alt" tag is regarded as extra text content.

    I do think, however, that even the most word-thirsty people like the monotony of a huge wall of text broken up a little by an image and some minor stylistic elements that perhaps even ease reading on a screen, so on my own sites I try to do that without going overboard. Drop caps, a small relevant image (even if re-used), proper formatting (bold/italic/underline, occasional highlighting, subheadings etc). I try to keep it classy (never easy for a northerner ).

    On other people's sites to which I've syndicated the same articles, I'm mindful of the possibility of any formatting (stylistic more than structural) coming off as brassy and not in keeping with their own principles and so keep it to a minimum. And there are no images in these, either.
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  • Profile picture of the author dcristo
    It makes the post look prettier but with regard to SEO there really isn't much benefit at all.

    The actual content is far more important than adding a picture or two.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamarabounce
    Pictures are very important especially with the blog/web 2.0 posts as it helps to convey the message in better and distinguished way too. And it is not primarily for the user but for search engines too so that they could understand your blog and its posts well and so accordingly list them in the search listing pages. One must use pictures in their posts, sites like Squidoo, Hubpages and other top web 2.0 sites prefers pictures conveying your posts/subtitles and etc. Now when Google prefers explanation and quality more than links pictures would be the best to be state on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author joefizz
    Hi,

    You can get image benefit from:

    - Adding the same name to the image that supports your message.
    - Having an 'alt tag' describing the image (which again reflects back on your message).

    Hope that help?

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  • Profile picture of the author wymetto
    The pictures are good for the 'alt' tag for SEO - I always add a picture and now starting to add video..
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    It makes people want to read the articles more than just big blocks of text. If the images are interesting, you can get a lot of traffic from Google images also.
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    • Profile picture of the author dcristo
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      If the images are interesting, you can get a lot of traffic from Google images also.
      That's true, although this traffic is fairly worthless though.
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      • Profile picture of the author awhitmer83
        I use pictures in all my blog posts, not because of any SEO benefits, but because people like to have something to look at. When I'm confronted with a wall of text with nothing to make it interesting, I tend to click away.

        I get almost all my images from a site called Morguefile - they're all free and no attribution is required. Love that site!
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  • Profile picture of the author CraigSee23
    An intriguing or shocking photo works well because it draws your readers to your article.

    If it's intriguing enough they'll dig up and follow you word for word to uncover the story behind the photo.

    -Craig
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  • Profile picture of the author Wide
    Guess I have to add some pictures to my old posts then
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  • Profile picture of the author Wotz
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    Putting images in your blogs or websites are fun and catchy. And yes, pictures do say a thousand words, so you don't have to try too hard with your article when you have pictures to support it.
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  • Profile picture of the author anja98
    Can anyone help to share how to get free images? Can I use any images that comes up on Google image search? Will there be any infringement of copyright?
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  • Profile picture of the author copilu0
    The images are very important to each post because beside de fact that your post it will look very nice they also can bring new visitors from search engines.Maybe images are not very important to all of you but sometimes they can help you more than you think
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  • Profile picture of the author robie
    I think it's very important. I eyes got distracted everytime I see an image on their signature. And that means something
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinhauff
    From a reader's perspective I think a nice looking picture most certainly captures the attention of someone visiting your site. Every post I make has a high quality image.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Pictures are grand...and now that Pinterest is the up and coming new social media, it allows people to pin your blog posts to their boards.

    Always include a picture/video.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGraphicsGuy
    From a reader's point of view, we always look at the images first then read the content of any post in our daily routine.. plus also all the SEO goodies everybody else mentioned.
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  • Profile picture of the author savvybizbuilder
    Most people are visual and putting a pictures drive more interest to people on your post.
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    • Profile picture of the author zigphreed
      remember its people you are trying to reach not robots, so it helps a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author surferchris
    For a lot of people, seeing is believing. Many people are visual types, so adding pictures would generally help
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  • Profile picture of the author vivi62
    I have an I.M blog and have just started to add photos and I have noticed a rise in visitors and as pinterest is growing it becomes a neccersary to add photos to take advantage of this particular traffic source.
    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author ConnerD
    Usually this helps a lot with article marketing or blog posting, an article with photo's are much more interesting to read
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  • Profile picture of the author ishuvonet
    Having images in post enhance your post.Most great writers,bloggers always add picture in their posts.Moreover If you add pictures and properly optimize it then It can bring you traffic from Google images.
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    • Profile picture of the author ConnerD
      Originally Posted by ishuvonet View Post

      Having images in post enhance your post.Most great writers,bloggers always add picture in their posts.Moreover If you add pictures and properly optimize it then It can bring you traffic from Google images.

      I agree some best examples for these practice in on hupages and squidoo, some bloggers aside from keyword link also uses image linking for this could also be beneficial on their SEO campaign
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
        If you're going to have images on your posts you might also want to make those images clickable so they go to an affiliate offer. If the person likes the image they may also have an interest in a product related to that picture.

        Don't waste the real estate.

        ~Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I've thought about adding pictures to my posts, but I think it would take too much effort and not add substantial value to the information that I publish.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Do you mean blog posts or forum posts? For blogging, for food blogs... adding images is very important. Otherwise your visitors wont have an idea of what the recipe/dish should look like. Then they may not try to create the dish at all.
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