A picture can say a million words. It lets users know what your blog post is about without reading the post. Plus, search engines like google, yahoo, etc index your pictures to their image search engines. For example, if you search “Johnson Yip” , you might find a few of my images on Google image search. Try to give your picture file name a descriptive name, and ALT text, so search engine spiders and visually impair people know what the picture is about.
Sample Picture HTML code with ALT text code
<img src=”http://johnsonyip.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/normal_picture_frame_jakob_chao_.png” alt=”Picture are great for websites” >
Adding pictures to your website makes your website less boring, and show you made an effort on designing your website instead of just copying and pasting other people’s articles from E-zines. Plus, pictures are a good way to separating text, and let people take a break from reading.
Plus, your blog will not be mistaken for a spam blog as easily since a lot of spam blogs who steal other people’s articles do not have pictures, and just copy and paste others people’s work on the spam blog.
If you write a blog about gadgets, entertainment, painting and photography, adding pictures is essential since those categories are very visual topics. People do not read a movie, they watch it. It only takes a few minutes to add a picture to a website, so it is worth it to add a few pictures to a page.
However, you should use only a few pictures since using too many pictures will make your website load slower. 1-2 pictures should be fine for a short blog.
You can find plenty of free open domain images at pdclipart.org , and iconarchive.com. If you want to make your own images. I recommend investing in a good digital camera, or draw your own in GIMP which is a free open source picture editor and creator.