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Importance of adding Pictures to your websites and blog posts to improve SEO and User satisfaction

Picture are great for websites
Picture are great for websites

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.

9 comments… add one
  • IT network support August 25, 2010, 11:17 pm

    what’s an alternative to a href when making hyperlinks?

  • Johnson Yip August 26, 2010, 12:23 am

    I’m not too sure, but You can find the answer at w3schools.com. It is a great site for learning about HTML and other web languages.

  • SIA Licence August 29, 2010, 4:34 am

    For me as reader, it is important that the content must contain picture because “picture is worth a thousand words.” The content need a visual image to bring words come to life.

  • Johnson Yip August 29, 2010, 7:36 pm

    Indeed, I love looking at pictures since it allows me to easily figure out what the post is about by looking at the pictures, and it allows me to rest my eyes since reading a 1000 word posts with no pictures can make my eyes kind of tired. Pictures can also help search engines index more of your site. In the early days, when my website was starting out, I notice a large percentage of my visitors found my site through Google Image search since I rank high for specific images.

  • Andy September 1, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Yes, indeed pictures add interest for viewers to read your post

  • Johnson Yip September 1, 2010, 3:49 pm

    Indeed, one of the main reasons I visit Gizmodo, Engadget, TechEblog are for the pictures of shiny new electronics which I wish to buy. It also draws me to read their posts more since if I see a picture of an Playstation 3. I automatically know the article is about a Playstation 3.

    Thanks for the Comment!

  • Dr.Marc October 4, 2010, 11:49 pm

    A great post. I have agree with the thought of the blog. I am really looking forward for your next release.When will be the next post?

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  • Johnson Yip October 5, 2010, 12:00 am

    Thanks, I try to post once a day or once every two days depending on my time I have available to devote to blogging on this blog.

  • suneeta June 12, 2012, 4:24 am

    thanks for sharing such an informative article about the impotance of images , with us all bloggers. The Importance of images in generating a lead has been well known in traditional marketing but Relevant product Image becomes even more important when there’s no physical product for users to see properly. ThePhotos on ecommerce website alone have to work to convey the true look and feel of your product.

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