This post is written by Steven of VeryBestSoftware.
A complete web page of plain written texts can, sometimes, be tiring to readers. Whether you know what you are saying or not, such a page is waiting for those who have the patient and phishing habit to read them. Too much words squeezed together, without explanatory images, will make your work look wanting. Hence every post has one or more images that can effectively work with it.
The world is fast growing, people want things done faster and more accurately; thus they go to places that looked satisfactory. Imagine you have an image that accompanies your post on “how to open a Facebook fan page”, showing people the first page they will navigate to, where to click and so on. Nothing looks and sounds more real than that, you will agree. Imagine now you land in another page with the same topic that gives no image at all. What you will probably do is to bounce back in a matter of seconds and look for something better.
What Will Images Do For Your Article?
Images complement articles, making them beautified and memorable, especially when what is talked about is shown
• They increase the stickiness of articles
• They give readers a better impression and offer some real picture for reference.
• They offer precise details on the topic of the article
• They are used to show statistical data, as in charts and graphs
How Do You Make Images Effective?
You may be wondering how many images you must insert in an article and the best format that will work. Well, from my short experience with my software reviews and Symantec coupons blog, the number of images depends on the kind of article you are writing. You should not stuff the whole page with images, but you must also add as many images as necessary. For example: if I want to put up a post on “What are the Norton 36o four basic components”, I will write it in four main paragraphs and insert a relative image for every component, giving my readers a clear view of the product. So, if there are 4 aspects of a topic in all, I will likely have 4 images too and maybe one generic in the beginning of the post. Note, that you want your reader to take a good grasp of what you are trying to say in order to maximize the effect of your article.
On the other hand, a post on “Youth Demonstration In The State House”, may just have 1 image showing the activities of the demonstrating youths and another showing the reaction of the security men or the Police. So you must use as many images as necessary to the title of the article. Do not overdo it. It’s very important when it comes into products to give a clear, true and complete picture of it. Your goal is not to cover the truth but to demonstrate the reality.
SEO Your Images
People forget that images can also be optimized; for Search Engine Optimization and for easy loading. So get rid of those thoughts telling you that images will slow down the loading of your page or blog. Of course, it is annoying to wait for what seems like forever to download all the images in a page. Your readers can’t possibly wait that long too and they will leave. To avoid these unfavorable affects:
• Use a .gif format for text type images
• Use a .jpeg format for picture images
• Ensure that the resolution is 72dpi or lower. Don’t cover the whole screen with images. Understand your target; texts should be visible enough and images are but reference points only.
• Also, save the image with the primary keywords of the article. Say you are writing on “Potential Blogging Problems”, the image can be saved with bloggingproblems.gif or powersuit.jpeg if you sell power suits. This way, potential readers can also find your article through Google image searches.
Effective use of images in an article details the article, beautifies it, makes it self-explanatory, and sticky. Images can also be used to increase the keyword count of the article and thus increase the chances of being found by potential readers.