Five Compelling Reasons to Add Pictures to Your Blog Post

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An articulate blogger may sway his readers with words but a smart one will always say ‘more’ with an attractive picture. It is time to wake up to the fact that images add a lot of value to your blog. If you are unconvinced, read these five compelling reasons:

1. Individualize your post:

– The human brain remembers images more easily than words. Readers will associate your blog posts with their accompanying pictures and recall them quickly.

With this high recall value associated with imagery, they will know which post had a picture of the Egyptian pyramid, which one had the iPhone and which one had President Obama. Using free photos and images and giving credit to the photographer is a good way to add imagery for bootstrap blogs.

2. Make readers pause and stay:

– A wordy blog will get a quick glace through by most visitors, but one with interesting and attractive pictures will hold attention and make readers stay on the page. Of course, the picture(s) must be persuasive enough to get visitors to go through the content. But there is no doubt that even a single good picture helps.

3. Add ‘volume’ to your blog:

– Lazy bloggers love pictures! They give the illusion of a long and weighty blog, which is great if you want your blog to come across as a well-researched and authoritative one. If you pride yourself on (and are a little sensitive about) your blog writing abilities, look at it this way: Keep your blog tight, use brevity to best advantage and use pictures to support the written content. It’s a win-win.

4. Give your blog more visual appeal:
– A text-rich site without any or too few images lacks the visual punch that can make visitors stay on the page or move away from it. Use eye-catching pictures that get visitors’ attention and then direct it towards the written content.

5. Aid navigation within posts and make reading less exhaustive:

– Pictures are a great way to break big chunks of text in long blogs. They reduce that exhaustive feeling you get when you are reading continuous blocks of text.

Importantly, when you are interrupted while reading and cannot figure out where you stopped when you come back to it, a picture can help you locate that line/paragraph more easily. As you can see, breaking up your post with pictures has more than one advantage.

Besides the points discussed above, it’s fun to add pictures to blog posts. Try it; you won’t be disappointed.

Image Credits:Webb Zahn

Article by ZK

ZK has written 945 articles.

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  • wholesale soaps April 10, 2012, 3:05 pm

    Right! I certainly wish more bloggers would ilustrate their posts with releveant and interesting pictures, really helps you ‘get’ what they’re talking about.

  • Russ Benk April 11, 2012, 1:46 am

    Not only do picture help illustrate your point, but since I have started to use more pictures, I started to get visitors who found my site through Google image search.

    • ZK April 18, 2012, 12:57 pm

      Google search images do drive a lot of traffic and its not as competitive as organic search to rank high…

  • tinafreysd April 11, 2012, 3:01 am

    Blogspot site will not be spotted by the general public without significant marketing, promotion and time investment..

  • raymond@passive income systems April 11, 2012, 3:12 am

    I have been exposed to many kinds of blogs, and as to what i have observed, more people are interacting on blogs that has images on it, authenticity is the main point here, adding images unto your posts increases your blogs reputation, and with the use of some promotion and advertising, with these one can be a successful blogger.

  • Aasma April 11, 2012, 6:33 am

    Images actually makes your blog more attractive and gives positive impression to first time visitors. It also helps to increase engagement level of visitors.

  • Ciaran April 11, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Could not agree more with this point – we launched our blog without images…and it looked ‘not pretty’, nor appealing! Added the images now..makes an amazing difference. Next step…make the images more exciting! Still a lot of work to do there! But this article is so right – if the image is not correct, exciting and appealing – people will not read the words….now off to find some more images!

  • Jasmine April 11, 2012, 10:31 pm

    I absolutely agree with you, ZK. It is always a good idea to add mouth-watering pictures to your blog post to make it more appealing and interesting. I really hope other bloggers will do this too! I just hate reading boring lines and lines of text!

    Add some pics please! 🙂

  • Kyle Kam April 11, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Images are somehow helps the blog post to be more lively and attractive to readers. For other bloggers, it’s their secret to make their readers pause and stay to read their posts. It’s what other bloggers must do, in order for them and their readers to be satisfied with what they want.

  • Nick Stamoulis April 17, 2012, 9:28 am

    Images also help for social sharing purposes. If your blog post includes a picture and you share it on Facebook, that picture will show up in a News Feed and help the post get noticed. Of course, the image needs to be related to the content in some way.

  • MLT April 18, 2012, 10:06 am

    You also, with pictures, need to make sure to put something relevent into those alt tags.
    Tom

    • ZK April 18, 2012, 12:56 pm

      @MLT good point , many times I’ ve struggled to put relevant alt tags..a lot of blogs and website have alt tags with logo.jpg or picture1.jpg thats not going to help in SEO

  • Laura May 10, 2012, 10:35 am

    Internet may consider your blog to be rather dull if it contains no pictures. Text-only pages were fine when the Internet was young, but many bloggers today include music, videos and photos on blog posts. As a Google Blogspot blogger, you have to ability to add flavor to your blog posts using pictures..