Adding Pictures and Videos to your blog post or pages is not difficult, but if you are new to blogging it might get frustrating until you figure out how to do it.
Not only and I going to show you how to add picture and videos to your blog post, I am also going to share my secret skills that other new bloggers have no idea about to help give you the leading edge.
How does that sound to you, are you ready to get started?
Awesome, jet’s do it!
Adding / Uploading Images To Your Blog
Before you upload and images to your blog, you want to rename the image title to a new title that has the main keywords in the title.
Most of the time when you save a picture or upload a picture to your computer, it automatically gives it a file name which is usually IMG048579493 so if you can just go find the picture on your computer and then right-click and rename the file.
Now you can upload the image.
To upload the image on your blog, make sure you are logged in to the back control panel of your blog dashboard and click on “MEDIA” Lower Left hand side.
To upload and add an image to your blog, just click Media > Add New or if you are writing a new post or page, just click “Add Media when you are writing a post.
Locate the image you want to upload and simply click “Select Files”
Once the image is uploaded, this is how it will appear.
On the right you will see the “attachment details“
This is where the magic happens.
- The title of your image, needs to have the keywords the blog post is about.
- The caption is text that will appear under the image. I personally do not add a caption to any of my images.
- The alt text box you want to have your keywords also.
- The description is optional. Sometimes I enter a short description with the keywords and sometimes I don’t. I have not seen any noticeable results to the rankings of my blog, but it defiantly helps the image with people do image searches.
After you fill out the info, move right down to the Attachment Display Settings.
- Alignment: You can choose where you want your image to appear in your blog post. I personally always center it but it all up to you. Try all three and see what looks the best to you.
- Link To: If you want to make the image clickable just choose Custom URL and enter the URL you want them to go when they click on it. If you do not want the image to be clickable select none.
- Size: You can pick the size of your image from small, medium or large.
Words of advice you do not want the image wider than the size of your blogs layout.
Smaller images would really help your blogs load time. I usually try to keep the width under 600. Plus it looks better on mobile devices.
When you have the image uploaded and on your blog post positioned the way you like it.
If you need to make some changes, it is very simple. When you hover your mouse over the image, to small back boxes with pop up on the upper left of the image.
A pencil and a X will appear, click on the pencil.
When you click on the pencil this will appear.
You can make adjustments to the alignment, size and the URL if you want the image clickable.
Also when you click on the advance settings, you can check the box to open a new page when they click on the image so they stay on your blog.
I have learned this feature a few months ago, and did not realize how powerful this one thing is..
Link Rel: nofollow
The only time I put nofollow on a clickable image if I send them to a blogging tool or website.
This stops the search engine spiders from crawling the page you link to which could negatively affect your seo if you don’t do it correctly.
We will get more into link and promoting your post later on in the training.
For now, if you send them to sign up for a free Le-Vel customer account, add NoFollow to the link rel.
If you send them to different blog posts on your blog or other people blogs, leave the link rel box blank.
That’s about it for the image section.
Before we move on to the video section. I wanted to share this with you.
Make sure you don’t go out there and save any image that looks cool and upload it to your blog.
A lot of the images are copyrighted.
There are free sources where you can get images, places where you can buy images or software when you can make you own images.
Just a FYI…
Be respectful to other people’s property.
That’s it… Now let’s move on to embedding YouTube Videos.
Embedding videos on your blog
When you are adding code to your blog, such as an embed code for a video you want to make sure you are in the “Text” section of your blog.
When you are writing a blog, on the top right of the blogging tool bar you will see two small boxes. “Visual” and “Text”.
The text section of your blog is where you add the embed code to your video.
To get the embed code of a YouTube video. If you are watch the video on a website, simple click on the title on top of the video or the little YouTube icon on bottom left of the video when you hover over the video.
When you click on the title of YouTube icon, you will be taken to the YouTube play page.
Under the video, click on share than embed.
Then click on show more to change and choose the embed options.
You can choose what you want to show or what not to show on the video and then simply copy and paste the embed code in to the “Text” section of your blog post.
The embed code will look like this.
<iframe width=”480″ height=”360″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/0YJzd9j8IHk?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
Again when you choose the size for your blog, try to not exceed your blog layout.
Also if you really want to give your SEO a boost, embed a video that is related to your main keywords.
Once you can successfully embed a YouTube video to your blog post, adding and embedding other things to your blog posts are simple.
Get the code and add it into the “Text” Section to your blog and simply paste in the code.
It’s all pretty simple and once you do it a few times, you can embed a video into your blog post in like 30 seconds.
We are moving right along and I am sure your blog is looking good.
The next training we will be getting into building back links and blog syndication.
Hang in there, you doing great…
There are only a few more basic blogging skills left. You can do it!
Always remember if you have any questions or need help, reach out and contact me.
I am here to help.
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Looking forward to seeing you on the next training,