Today on Day 20th of 60 Days Blogging Challenge we are going to talk about one more important aspects of blogging: How to make awesome featured images for your article and why it is important.
Most of the time I visit or click an article on social media just because of the attractive image displayed along with it. Do you also relate to this situation? I guess the answer is Yes right?
Images are interactive, it will seek the attention of people even before they read your description. They alone can convey everything about your article.
Whenever you share an article on any social media, the moment you enter the URL of the article it will automatically scrape the featured image of your article. If your article doesn’t include any featured image then it will show the first image that you included in your article.
Now you can imagine the power of a good featured image of your article as it’s the first element everyone is going to see whenever you share the article on any social media handle.
Articles with images get more views compared to articles having no images. Instead of an adding a good featured image for your article also include some images related to your contents in between the articles. This increases the interest of people in your article while reading it. Many people just avoid reading long articles having only texts. So if you want people to stay longer on your blog and read your article until the end and that too with interest then don’t forget to include images.
How important images are –
There are many examples of this
- You must have seen accounts on Instagram having good images always have a large number of followers. Instagram is all about images.
- When you buy something online, you only see the images of the product. You always ignore the products having unattractive images. This is obvious as the online product gets judged by the quality and attractiveness of the image since the image is the only medium of communication for the product.
How to make awesome Featured Images for your article –
Now I will give you some tips on how to make a perfect featured image for your article.
- Include short description of your article –
Try to include a short description of what your article is all about. You can even use an image to show a detailed guide to your article. Add important points that your article is going to contain.
Note: You have seen images of Pinterest. They contain a whole lot of infographic images that will alone deliver the idea about the whole topic.
- Don’t forget to use your headline of the article –
This is almost the common thing that any featured image contains. Almost everyone uses a featured image with the headline of their article written over it in a beautiful font and design.
For this, you can use a background image related your article and write the headline of the article on it using some nice fonts and colour.
Make sure that your headline is readable. So always use fonts that are easy to read in the first go and contrasting colours to make the headline of the article stand out.
- Don’t forget to use the name of your blog or logo as a watermark on the image –
Always add the name of your blog or logo anywhere in the image. The best way is to use it in the footer of the image. This will help people to know about your blog even if they see your featured image somewhere apart from your article.
This will also make sure that no one can use the exactly the same featured image of your article on their blog. ( Unless they crop or paint over it :p )
- Don’t use images that are not related to your article –
Don’t use images that are not relevant to the topic. As I told you earlier that people may judge your article on the basis of its featured image.
- Use readable fonts and attractive and eye soothing colours –
The task of picking good fonts is very difficult and also important for your blog. A good looking font will change the whole outlook of your featured image. Try to use some font which will look readable as well as clean on your image. Don’t clutter your image, make it simple so that it catches the eye of people.
Nice colours attract everyone and affect their mood, so choose it very wisely.
Note: Use fonts and colours according to the group of people you are targeting for your blog and even which will suit the design of your blog.
- Use an image that connects to the people –
Including an image that connects with the people always get more attention. Emotional marketing is the best form of marketing you can perform. Most products are being marketed using this strategy.
For example – If you are writing an article on motivation, you can include images of someone who is happy and energized. Happy and smiling faces always induces good vibes and positivity in people who see them.One example from my own life – I was writing answers on Quora for a long time but my answers were not getting enough views. One particular day I answered a question that was emotionally attached to people and that answer managed to receive views way higher than any of my answers.
- You can also use your own images –
You have seen many bloggers using their own image in their article. They write some relevant quotes according to the contents on the image and use it for their article.
Doing this can help you in self-branding. Self-branding proves to be very helpful if you are planning to pursue blogging as a long-term career. It also helps to create trust among your readers because people always want to see the face behind the contents they are reading.
From where you can get images –
Always include good quality images for your featured image. There are many online sources that provide you free images. Some of them are like –
Note : All sites have their own terms and licenses. Don’t forget to read it before using their images on your blog.
Don’t use images downloaded from these sites directly. You can edit it using photoshop and add contents on the image to change it according to your article. It may happen that someone also might be using the same image in their article.
Tools you can use to make Featured image of your article-
- Photoshop –
Photoshop is the most common tool used for image editing world wide.
The most simple way you can do is edit the downloaded image and add headline of your article according to your article.
- Canva –
If you don’t know how to use photoshop then this simple graphic design tool will be your friend. Canva is an amazing tool that can help you to make blog article images, infographics, visuals for the web and ad graphics easily.
So today we discussed 7 tips on how to make awesome featured images for your article.
This was all for today.We we will meet you tomorrow again for a new informative article.
Stay Positive and Keep Webbing.
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