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Is your blog picture perfect?

When words become unclear, I shall focus
with photographs. When images become
inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

— Ansel Adams

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When I speak with my clients or give presentations about blogging, I usually point to four key components I recommend for blogging success:

(1)  Quality content
(2) 
A frequent, regular posting schedule
(3) 
Images with every post
(4) 
Interactivity

Today, we’re going to focus on #3: Images with every post. Adult education experts who’ve studied this stuff have found that adult learners retain 65 percent more information when the content contains an image to anchor it for them. So use pictures, graphics, and images!

Some folks use images to great advantage, some just throw any old ittybittylittletiny picture up there with little regard for spacing or even relevance, and others don’t use images at all. Since your goal is to make your content as user friendly as possible to as many prospective readers as possible, why not take the time to include a useful, relevant, or humorous picture with each post? Once you figure out a system, it doesn’t take that much more time – but the payoff in reader appreciation will be worth it.

Visit Photo Sites for a long list of copyright free images you can use at no charge, as well as a few sites with low-cost images. It’s been a while since the list was updated so some of the links may be broken, but overall they’re good sites to use for free images. If you still can’t find precisely the right picture, inexpensive stock photo sites like 123RF.com may be the way to go.

Happy imprinting!
Laura & Marcie

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The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

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