It’s high time I picked up my blogging tips series again. You seemed to enjoy it so much early last fall and then life happened and I stalled. But no more – I’m back with blogging tips and this time, I’m calling it A Successful Blog series. Because you can have a successful blog!
Today I’m going to share a secret I’ve learned over the six years I’ve been blogging. It’s one simple tip that will help your blog to stand out among the crowd.
Excellent writing skills are a big part of having a successful blog. (I’ll talk more about that soon.) Making yourself relatable to others is important too.
But I’m going to step out and say that the images on your blog are just as important as your writing or relatability.
Your photos are the secret to making your blog stand out.
Think about it: The first thing a person notices when they open a blog page is an image. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it’s true.
There’s several aspects to sharing great photos on your blog. But today, I’ll going to give you one very simple tip that will help you no matter where you’re at photography-wise. (We’ll save more photography tips for another day.)
Maybe you have a nice DSLR and want to use that to your advantage. You could have a simple point and shoot camera or just your iPhone. Whatever you use for taking photos, listen up.
Make your photos bigger.
Think about a couple blogs you love. Sure, there may be some you follow because you enjoy their sense of humor, but I bet the majority of your favorite blogs have appealing photos. And they’re not tiny either.
Take my photo here of snowflakes. It’s small and there’s really nothing special to it. You move on.
Here’s the same image at a width of 400 pixels. This is one of the most common sizes I see in the blog-o-sphere. You can see more detail within the photo and you might actually look at it. But there’s still nothing that says “STOP and LOOK!”
I’m going to bump it up one more notch. Same image – this time it has a width of 700 pixels. And what a difference! Now you can really see the details of the snowflakes. It commands your attention.
You might not have room for a 700 pixel photo on your blog, but you almost certainly have more room than the common 400 pixels across. I recommend 500-600 pixels at a minimum starting size.
Don’t make those photos small, friends. Let your readers see the product you’re reviewing, that cute photo of your little one, or those yummy cupcakes you baked.
Be proud of your work and show it off!
Quick disclaimer: There are times when you do want the smaller photos and that depends on the quality of your pictures. If you have a blurry photo that’s still too cute not to share, then sometimes blowing it up to a larger size isn’t always the best move. But for the most part, yes, bigger is better!
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