Today is Day 2 of the Be A Better Blogger series. We're using the outline offered by Collis Ta’eed in his article titled 31 Days To Becoming A Better Blogger, and our topic for the day is:
Start using more images in your posts.
Readers like images â€” they help set the tone of your blog post, illustrate metaphors and generally make your posts more interesting to look at. You can use a free stock photography service, but you can also...
This is a great topic for blog improvement, as it has been widely agreed that images grab your visitors attention and help to generate more interest in your content. I know there are many times I am scanning a blog or scanning through my RSS Reader, and will stop to take notice when an image grabs my eye.
I generally use iStockPhoto to find images to use in my own blog posts. Their site is incredibly inexpensive and easy to use, so I will usually start there even though there are free image options too.
There is a great tutorial on ProBlogger that will teach you the basics, from free image editing software to actual HTML image tags:
The most important thing is to get the formatting and spacing right, so that it aligns well with your content and blog layout. I like to use smaller images and align them at the top left or right of a blog post, like I did in this one. These are great for drawing your visitors' eye into a particular topic.
Other images to use in blog posts are illustrations or screen shots within the content. This helps to break up long articles and keep your readers attention longer.
The task for today is to publish a blog post with an image in it. If you have questions or need help, use the comment section below to reply. Otherwise, leave a comment below and give us a link to your blog post with an image in it!
This one counts as mine 😀
p.s. Fortunately today's task was much easier than Day One. That one took me longer than expected, but at least I am officially caught up now and ready to move on to Day 3 😉