I’m not a fan of placing pictures with my articles, as I just like to write, spell check, and submit. Very few of my articles actually get a photo, and my gallery consists of perhaps 6 photos that I use every now and then. However, a picture can sometimes mean the difference between someone reading your article and passing your article by, so I’m testing out the whole picture deal to see if it really does create page views more than just the article itself.
If you choose to use a picture for your article, make sure it relates to the title. Don’t just pick a random photo and place it on the article to have a photo there. Try to choose a creative photo that is a real eye-catcher if you do choose to place a photo on your article.
Not all articles need a photo. While it’s nice, it is often time-consuming, and I’ve noticed that a great title seems to do the trick. If you have a title that is interesting, funny, or original, people will be tempted to read your article in the hopes that it, too, will be interesting, funny, or original. Your description of your article is also a huge make-or-break point for your work, as the description along with the title is what will really draw your readers in, whether you have a picture on the article or not.
If you’re not an avid photo user for your articles, place a photo in your articles now and then, say for every 5 articles or so, and make those articles the featured articles on your profile for people to immediately see when they check your work out. While not every article needs a photo, you want a few in there to really stand out to make your work look more interesting.
Check out your profile every now and then and scroll down through your works. If it takes eons to find a photo, and all you see is print, unless you’ve got a lot of creative titles and descriptions in your work, you may bore even yourself. Add a bit of color to your profile, even if it is just to upload a picture to your profile pic so it’s not just the generic Associated Content one. Every little bit counts.
I’m still learning, but I like the results of seeing a photo in my articles now and then. It really does make all the difference, especially if you’re not one to promote your articles and are just hoping people will be drawn to your works. You don’t have to go into photo overload, but it does get people’s attention, which is exactly what you want.