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Using Photos in your Posts

GnomesArieanna asks her readers if they are influenced by pictures in posts? She writes:

‘I notice quite often that I scan blog posts quite quickly to pick up on one of two things: keywords in the title or pictures. One or the other has to catch my eye to stop my scroll down the page.’

I’m a big believer in catching the attention of readers by whatever means is needed – picture, keyword, intriguing title, promise of free gifts (ok – not that one – yet).

I got to look at some Eyetools results for one of my blogs recently and was intrigued to see how pictures inside a longer article can actually help to draw readers eyes down the page. Very useful strategy.

It’s all part of making your blog scannable – drawing your reader in – grabbing their attention.

Do you use photos in posts? What’s your strategy? Do you think it works?

PS – why did I pick the above photo for this post? It was the first one I found in iPhoto – of a few of my mates who watch me blog all day.

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  1. Tris Hussey says:

    I don’t use pictures often on my own blog, but I do on some other blogs I write for. I think pictures help break up long posts…make the text flow better. I alternate between align left and right to make the text snake nicely.

    I think I’m going to have to start doing picture experiments.

  2. Rob :-) says:

    I have used them on my new blog, as that’s the main point of it, though I do have one problem.. how do you wrap the text around the picture, just as you did here Darren?
    Is it to ask?
    I think the pictures have a more lasting imprimt on the mind, so it may be a great “anchor” to have.
    Well I am not going to forget the “gnomes” now am I? ;o)

    Looking at my blog, the pictures can’t fail to imprint themselves. They are so unique so it helps in that way for me. Though I will also improve it if I can wrap the text around the smaller pictures.
    I would be most grateful if one could let me know how I do that.

    Take care.

    Rob ;o)

  3. Lisa V. says:

    I always think a photo, image, or logo within a blog post really makes a post stand out and attract interest, even more than a title can.

    One of my recent blogs is a photoblog I set up to share the pics I was taking with my new camera. I started it to share sample photos with other people searching for information before they purchased the same camera, but it has become a handy way to share photos with friends and family and anyone else who surfs in. Before I’d make a new html page with the photographs and then I’d have to email around the new link, but a photoblog is so much easier.

    I’ve been experimenting with layout and I like the thumbnail with the ability to click through to a larger image so people don’t have to wait for larger images to download within the text.

  4. Darren says:

    Rob – if you want to take a look at the source code of this page feel free to (use the ‘view source’ option in your browser menu).

    Basically you can wrap text simply by inserting the – align=”left” – or align=”right” – code into your image tag.

    There are tutorials on this here and here (as well as many other places online).

    Hope that helps

  5. Rob :-) says:

    Cna no one let me know of that?
    The wrap around text. :)

  6. Craig says:

    Rob,

    img src=”image.jpg” alt=”title” align=”left” /

    with <> at either end.

  7. Rob :-) says:

    Thank you for that.. One question Craig.. the last sentance.. with at each end lost me a bit..

    Sorry, I will try this on next post. :)
    Take care,

    Rob

  8. Craig says:

    There were meant to be some greater than and less than characters there. Unfortunately they’ve disappeared when I posted. It was just meant to ensure you close the img tag, thats all.

  9. I have to admit that I too stopped and had to look at the pictures of the gnomes. This is a great idea.

    I noticed that quite a lot of sites use pictures within their posts and I am more inclined to read them if they have some sort of visual attraction.

    Thanks,

    Richard Rinyai
    http://www.theprofessionalassistant.net

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