You may have heard bloggers talk about adding a Featured Image or you may have noticed blog posts show up in your Reader feed with vivid, bright and eye-catching photos. Featured images are in my top-3 most important aspects of creating a post, but why do so many bloggers not use a Featured Image?
I use FIs for a couple of basic reasons.
- A Featured Image is going to draw eyes to your post. Without an image you post will show as a text-based post and text based advertising simply is invisible. I try to use my own images when I can and I try to use the same 3 images so readers recognize my posts from everyone else.
- A Featured Image is going to stick with your post regardless of where it goes. Meaning if someone reblogs your post, your image is always present and constantly advertising your content.
It is a simple practice that can make a big difference. When using FIs try not to use other people’s images unless you have permission. Flickr, Shutterstock and others offer free images you can use if you don’t own your own. But don’t go to Google and use images as it is a form of theft.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make big differences in your page.