How To Use Stock Imagery To Skyrocket Your Blogging Career

[Editor: This guest post was written by Stephen Summer. Please see below for details about his offers.]

Blogging is work and strenuous work for that matter!

This is a bitter truth that many bloggers realize very early in their blogging career. And when they do the effect is easily seen in the downward trend in their passion for blogging. Very soon their enthusiasm and high hopes of making it big and living the internet life style is deflated as they become dismayed without any future in the blogosphere.

This is really pathetic but whether you’re presently passing through this phase or you have already passed through it one thing you must realize is the fact that this happens all the time. From the prevailing statistics however, this stage usually set in when your blog gets stuck at a level where it is finding it tough to lure new visitors and to retain the number of returning visitors.

Of course, we do know that traffic is the backbone for the success of any blog. Once you cannot drive new traffic to your blog and the returning readers are dwindling then you are already approaching that plateau point and you must do something really quick.

But not to worry, I have a humble and doable solution for you and that is using stock imagery in your blog posts.

Now before you begin to accuse me of trying to rob you off all your fortunes that you have amassed after so many hours of hard work, let me quickly say I have no such plans. What I am trying to do is to help you put some new life and color into your blog which may just translate into more fresh and repeat traffic. And this new lease of life can really fire up your zeal for blogging again!

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Here are some reasons why you should consider using stock imagery in your blog posts:

1. Images are Really Powerful

Just imagine a magazine with texts crawling all over and no images to complement the bare facts and figures. It is hard to imagine, right? Then how could you expect that your blog will be able to hook onto the attention of the users without images? There is no doubt about it, good images contribute to the popularity of a blog and great images can make your blog shoot to fame.

But wait, you cannot just go out there and steal other people’s images and pass it as your own. So, the only option left is garnering some credit for images in some leading stock photography sites and then using them on your blog. It’s that simple!

2. A Blog Does Not Need To Be Text Based

Why do you want to bore people to death with your dry statics? Why not put some life into those bare bones? You can really do this by coming up with some images that come with additional dose of twist and turns. However, if your photography skill is not that much impressive, you can pass the buck to stock photography sites as they have the best photography talents all over the world. Just find out the best images that are supposed to give your post a new lease of life and see a visible increase in the visitors’ interaction. And the good news, you would not have to put that much pressure on your pocket since there are some discount coupons available on leading stock photography sites like Jupiter Images, Phtos.com. Get them fast and you are good to go!

3. Pinterest Is Watching!

Ok, I think you will want to consider this one really quick. Pinterest is another great social media site that is in the making and if you wish to be a part of it, you need to make sure that your blog has a good volume of traffic otherwise, no one would care to repin your post or come up with an interesting comment. And come to think of it, the concept of Pinterest is  nothing but images and so if you have any intention of being a part of this great revolution then you have no other option but to use images that are high in quality and powerful enough to seize the attention of the viewers.

4. It Makes Your Blog Look Beautiful

Wondering how looking good or smart can help your blogging career? Well, believe me even in this digital age, looking good is the first requirement to have a crush on. You cannot make you blog look pathetic and ugly with only texts surrounding it. You need to impress your visitors and the only way you can achieve this is by adding awesome images.

Ok, I have tried to help you see reason why you should consider using stock imagery in your blog posts. The simple reason is to put some new lease of life into your blog helping to bring in new traffic. As you do know the simple rule of thumb in blogging is:

More Visitors = More Money = Great Blogging Career

Social media sites like Pinterest have somehow made us realize what good pictures can do for us. Now is the time to put this to your advantage and the quickest way to doing this is using stock imagery. Once you start you would soon realize that it is really the best thing you have done.

Over to You: Are you using stock imagery in your blog posts or do you do you images yourself? let us hear your opinion in the comments section.

[A Photos coupon is available here and a discount for Jupiter images is offered in Stephen Summer’s site. He is an advocate of using photos to better convey your messages on your blog.  He is a professional blogger and social media addict. He is associated with a coupon blog and writes different articles on promotional codes. Stephen lives in Saint Louis, MO, with his family and enjoys working from home as a blogger and writer.]

Successful Blogging: Is It About Content or Just Presentation?

How many blogging tips have you learned since you started on this journey of blogging? 

How many more do you think you really need to become successful as a blogger?

Have any idea?

Whatever your answer maybe one thing that is sure is the more tips and strategies on successful blogging you know and the more of them you put to work, the more successful you’ll be when the chips are down! I believe that is why you see more of successful blogging tips being written about on blogs these days. Now, in this article I want to share with you a few tips that have helped me, and I’m sure will also help you succeed with your blogging adventure.

If you’re just starting out blogging or you’re working on building that much coveted successful bloggers status, one thing that you might be struggling with right now could be choosing between creating content or working on your blog’s presentation. I know this because as a blogger I faced this dilemma  for a long time.

During this period, I tried resolving whether to concentrate on content or to spend more time on presentation. Of course, it is a fact that we have very little time every day and I wanted to make the available time as productive as possible. And so I spent time in taking this decision. After a long time however, I was able to finally reach a conclusion and here it goes.

1. Your Blog Should Be Attractive And User Friendly

I think you have to start at the beginning. What do visitors see when they first visit your blog? I for one want to see uncluttered, minimalistic look. One thing is for certain. People want to see pleasing layout and soothing colors. Garish and bright front may look good on a Las Vegas gambling spot but is a big no-no for a blog. What’s the point in having great content if you scare off guys in the first instance?

User interaction and navigation is a huge thing and there are tons and tons of instruction manuals which talk about it. After spending days and months pouring over such documents I have reached a final conclusion – Keep it simple. Your blog must not distract from your blog’s purpose. It should tell visitors what to expect right at the outset. To begin with, your website name or domain should be self-explanatory. The blog title should be succinct and clear. The layout must be smart.

2. WordPress Is A Great Blogging Platform

I have been there and have done it. Let me tell you one thing – don’t waste your time experimenting on different platforms. I have nothing against Blogger or Tumblr or SquareSpace or Posterous. I have tried them all and finally reached the conclusion that WordPress is best. It has everything for everyone. There are free themes for amateurs and premium themes for professionals. Actually free themes are also quite nice and can be used by pros. Premium themes cost less than the cost of a single lunch. WordPress is easy to install, pretty easy to learn and you can be up and going in a couple of hours.

3. Content Is King

Once you have put together the ingredients, it’s time to cook a nice good blog. You must, absolutely must, provide excellent content to visitors. There are no two ways to this part of the deal. I have visited sites which are insipid and tasteless. I have never gone back again. Your blog should be buzzing, happening and good to taste. The meal you cook up for visitors must not only be visually appealing but also good to taste – flavor, garnishing and finish – everything must be appetizing. If you offer visitors a great post they will come back again and again.

Conclusion

You need both – looks and content. One without the other will make it an incomplete meal. With WordPress you can create the right look. Content, of course, is a different animal altogether.  You have to tame this animal if you want to be a successful blogger. The best way is to write about stuff which you are passionate about. Think clearly- write clearly – add value.

Over to you: Between creating content and presentation which one will you choose? Let us know your reasons in the comments below.