I wanted to pull out some information from one of my previous #TechTip posts and share it all by itself so that it stands out. I keep seeing blog posts in my feed that either have no image (which doesn’t stand out) or has some random image, like a picture of a share button, as the advertised image (which means no feature image was chosen).
Why Is This A Problem? If you shared an advertisement for a product on all of your social media, wouldn’t you want a picture of the product prominently displayed? You’re missing an opportunity!
How To Choose a Featured Image:
- Start a blog post. Title it. Write it.
- Before you click publish or schedule the post, look to the left side at your options.
- Click “Feature Image.”
- Click “Set Feature Image.”
- You can either use a picture you’ve already saved to your WordPress media, or you can find something new and upload it.
For my #TechTip posts, I always use the meme my lovely husband made. That is the image that shows up in any previews — on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, in the WordPress reader, etc.
The featured image will also appear at the top of your post when readers access your blog on a computer, so make sure you don’t put the same image first thing in your post as you’re writing it — readers will see the same image twice. Here’s what I mean:
My featured image — the one I chose — is prominently displayed and looks appealing!