As you may have noticed many blogs have least one picture in it. I started thinking this at first that these pictures simply add some flair to the blog posts, but now, I’ve realized how many benefits it gives to include these pictures.
First, it gives some color to the site where the blog is posted. Especially the black and white theme looks so boring ,that it really needs some color to brighten it up. Its good to pick very bright, eye-grabbing photos, to snatch people’s attention, and then direct it to the posts.
Second, it helps as a navigation tool for the blog. When people are looking through your site, having large pictures can help people remember where they are on your blog. It sounds stupid, but they can count the pictures and remember what post they’re on. This helps people who are looking for a particular article, to find it, as opposed to just skipping your blog all together.
Third, it also helps as a navigation tool within the actual post. When people are reading a post, especially when it’s one just large block of text, it’s easy to lose your concentration in it. You look up for just a second, and look down and you’ve lost your place, then you have to spend precious seconds finding it again. With a picture in the post, you subconsciously connect where you’re reading, in relation to the picture. This give you the ability to look away from the screen, and back, and easily find where you are.
Fourth, when you first visit a website, you instinctively scan it once, just giving it a “look over.” If you have some really interesting and funny pictures , this will cause the people to look again and read your blog post. This also really helps for visitors from social-media sites. It keeps them on the site longer, and hopefully will be persuasive enough to get them to read the content.
Fifth, pictures help individualize posts. People mentally begin to affiliate your posts, with certain pictures. They’ll remember which post had the smiling faces and had the funny images. So when people want to find specific things, they’ll know right where to look on the page.
Sixth, it takes up text space. Now, before you laugh at this, this is a very legitimate way to help loosen your blog writing load. A few pictures in your post, can make a 600 word article, look like a 1000+ word article. That is a Huge Victory for you! Nobody wants to read 1000+ words, but everybody wants to think that they just read one. If you’re a good writer, you should be able to say what you want in 600-1000 words, but with the added pictures, it gives the allusion of much more researched, and intelligent looking articles. You look good, your site looks good, and your reader feels good. Everybody wins.
Seventh, it breaks up long blocks of text. Reading an article or a blog can get boring very quickly, when it’s just one large block of black on white. You get distracted, you get annoyed, you get lost in the page. Lots of different things can happen, that can be solved with a simple picture in the center, to break up the post, make you smile, and then return to reading. It’s truly amazing how much a great picture can do to our perspectives.
Eighth, it brings humor to your site.Your goal is to make the visitors stay on your blog enjoyable. Pictures are a great way to get people to laugh. When people laugh, they are enjoying your content, which means you win!
Ninth, pictures are a great way to say “this is important!” Or “read this again!” You can use pictures to get emotion from your readers, in ways that pictures can’t. Whether you want sympathy, laughter, acknowledgment, joy… Pictures can help you draw in your readers, and hammer in the “prompt,” or “hint,” you were trying to get them to understand.
Tenth, pictures can also get you extra traffic. By merely posting a picture, they can draw tremendous traffic and also if the picture is indexed in search engines, you gain all these benefits. Eleventh, pictures say a thousand words. No, even more than that. Pictures say what words can’t, no matter how many words you might use. But with a simple picture, you can easily say what you want.
Pictures serve a very wide assortment of uses, elaborating a point, drawing in a reader, advertising a product, making the visitors stay enjoyable, drawing emotion from readers, helping them navigate your site, there are tons of valuable things you gain. All of that benefits you get , from only posting a picture in your blog.