How Better Photographs Get More Clicks

One of the reasons you are running or taking part in a LinkUp, is to get more clicks to photographs and visits to your blog.

 

A good way to manage this, is either by advising your readers to submit good photography links if you are the organizer of the blog party, or by submitting good photography links to the LinkUp you are invited if you are the guest. Reading the following post will shed more light to my statement and raise your blog’s prestige!

Let’s see what a good photography link can do:

 

  • Support your point:
  1. A nice, beautiful and interesting image can attract your readers’ attention and urge them to share it in social networks. It can also add real value and insight into your blog-link. Getting your readers to stop and think is something every blogger hopes to do.

 

Let’s see an example:

Suppose that your LinkUp’s theme is October colours. From the 2 following images, which one would you choose?

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Figure 1.

Well, I bet you know the answer…that’s exactly my point!

 

  • Present your message:
    1. Another perspective of images is that they can make an introduction of your topic. Readers usually notice images first and as this photo is going to be used as a thumbnail on your blog and social media may have a huge impact on your traffic. Is it compelling enough to motivate the reader to find out more? Does it tell him/her what your blog is about?

 

Let’s say that your blog is about “recipes”. And the theme of the LinkUp is “recipes” also. Which of the following images do you believe would give the reader a clear view of what your blog is about?

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Figure 2.

The second one.” You will point out correctly.

 

  • Make your blog more memorable
    1. If you get a fantastic picture, an image that’s both cool and interesting your readers and followers will love it and want to share it with their friends. Thus you will gain more traffic to your blog.

 

Notice the two following images. They have the same theme. “Moon”. However the children figures in the second one, make it stand out.

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Figure 3.

 

  • Achieve an emotional connection
    1. As it is said, an image is worth 1000 words. A single image can bring on deep emotions and meanings to another person. If the theme of the LinkUp allows it, you should pick an image that will touch your readers on an emotional level. The readers may have  different emotional reactions. They could be happy, excited, etc. Since thephoto can cause various reactions, the audience will react positively to it.

 

Now your LinkUp’s theme is “summer”. How can you support it better?

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Figure 4.

You will point out, that both of these photos are beautiful. True. But only the first one brings joyful and carefree emotions to the readers.

 

  • Show professionalism
    1. This way, you infuse trust to your readers.

 

Our theme is “fashion” and we have the two following images:

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Figure 5.

Which one do you believe seems more professional? That’s right, the first one!

 

  • Hold the attention longer
    1. Since your image is beautiful, your audience will enjoy looking at it. Because of that, they will click on it and visit your blog. It can even increase the chances that your reader will check on other contents of your blog especially if it is full of beautiful and interesting images.

 

Another LinkUp’s theme is “flowers”: Look at the two following images:

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Figure 6.

Which one is more beautiful and holds the attention longer? Yes…the first one again!

 

  • Your blog link looks outstanding
    1. The right image will individualize your blog and help you convert a lot of readers. This way it will stand out from millions of others.

 

Let’s say that our theme is “nail polishing”. Which of the following two do you believe stands out from the other?

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Figure 7.

Apparently the second one.

 

  • It gives a personal touch, YOUR personal touch.
    1. A valuable photograph portrays the true nature of you and your blog. Customise the design, size and quality of your photos and promote the personality of your blog. When people visit your blog, they want to know the people they will be interacting with.
    2. As we mentioned size, it is a good opportunity to give you a small tip about that. According to some interesting information I found from Dr Lars Muckli, from the University’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, “When direct input from the eye is obstructed, the brain still predicts what is likely to be present behind the object by using some of the other inputs to come up with best guesses.” This why you should be very careful when you select the part of your image that will be used as a thumbnail. Our brain plays games and trying to guess what is the part of the picture that’s missing might lead to misunderstandings and “click loss”.

 

Take a look at the following example to see what I mean:

Look at the following thumbnail. What would you think?

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Figure 8.

Ok, just some pyramids. And the rest is sand….sand…and sand again. And maybe some more pyramids.”

However, if you take a look at the whole picture, you will see that there is more than pyramids.

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Figure 9.

There is also a couple on a camel. Now if you have chosen “Figure 10” as a thumbnail:

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Figure 10.

You could imagine that on the left side of the photograph there is also one, or more pyramids. The photograph becomes a lot more interesting than if it included only pyramids.

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So be careful which part of the image you will choose as thumbnail!

 

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Affiliate Blogging – Step by Step – Manage Affiliates

stock-photo-776857-final-stepThis is our final step on affiliate blogging.

 

Learn How to Manage your Affiliates

 

Project Manager provides the easiest way to monetize your blog in minutes, especially if you are affiliated with more than one shops.
It removes the pain of having to link to each different affiliate provider to pick up the links for specific products.

 

Here is how to connect your affiliate accounts with Inlinkz.

 

Sign In.

 

Once you sign in using your Inlinkz account you have access to your Inlinkz homepage.

Click on “Manage Affiliates“.

 

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Figure 1

 

In this example let’s suppose you are affiliated with SimonSaysStamp.com.
Since you are affiliated with this shop you have an affiliate account with ShareASale.
Let’s connect your Inlinkz account with your affiliate ID to SimonSaysStamp. This will allow Inlinkz to generate affiliate links for you every time you link SSS products using the Project Manager.

 

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Figure 2

 

Select your affiliate provider.

 

From the drop down box select your affiliate provider.
In our example “ShareASale” and click on “Add Affiliate“.

 

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Figure 3

 

Fill in your details.

 

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Figure 4

 

The above form you have to fill all the details of your shareasale account.

1.Shop name:

this is set by default to “shareasale” but you can change it to the name of the shop. In our case SimonSaysStamp.

2. You must fill in a number of fields.

Make sure you login to shareasale so you can pick up your User ID, Merchant ID and Banner ID.
This is a job you have to do just once.
You can find more detailed instructions on where to find all those values if you click on the little help icons on the right of the screen.

Click on “Done“.

 

Is my Inlinkz account connected with my affiliate for a certain shop?

 

It’s easy to find out if you did connect your affiliate account correctly.
Try to create a new product list using Project Manager.
In the shops tab select a shop. If next to the shop you can see an orange exclamation mark then you haven’t set up an affiliate.

 

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Figure 5

 

If you see a check mark next to a shop’s name then you know you have already setup an affiliate connection for this shop.

 

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Affiliate Blogging – Project & Product Navigation

Let’s move onto our next session about affiliate blogging, which is about project & product navigation.

 

USE THE PROJECT/PRODUCT WIDGET.

 

You can use the new dynamic project/product widget to add context in your product list & allow your readers to navigate to related projects in your blog/shop.
Moreover, by setting the project data of your blog post, it will be easier to reference your other projects inside your product lists. This way you will increase your traffic & allow people to discover more, without ever leaving your blog.
Scroll down to learn how.

 

Affiliate Blogging - Project & Product Navigation

Figure 1

 

The project manager Project properties dialog has been enhanced to make it easier for you to enter your project data. In order to access the Project properties dialog, go to your dashboard & click on the notebook icon, as soon as you have created your blog post.

 

Affiliate Blogging - Project & Product Navigation

Figure 2

 

Now, as soon as you enter the URL of your project, the name, description & image URLs will be automatically completed by the software.
In the image URL fields the default image will be assigned & you can manipulate the image order by clicking on the arrows found just right beside the image to move them up or down.
The image at top will be the one that will be shown when you click to show the projects that have a certain tag attached or using the same products as seen in Figure 3.
In the “tags” field add as many tags as you feel that describe your project separated with comma.

Now that you have learned how to enter all your data, the InLinkz Project manager new widget will allow you to:

  • Display a list of products
  • Keep track of where each product has been used on your blog &
  • Categorize your projects so users can navigate easily.

Each project is related to a blog post so, when the user selects to see a project, she will be directed to the relevant blog post.

Here is how the Product list will look like on your blog. Notice the Categories (they are the tags you added above) and the Menus.

 

Affiliate Blogging - Project & Product Navigation

Figure 3

 

The power of the Project manager lies to the fact that projects are connected between each other not only by categories but by used products too.

The user can click on a category, view all the projects that belong to the selected category & visit them, without leaving your blog. Or she can select a product from the list and, by clicking on its menu, view a list of projects that use that product. (see Figure 4).

 

Projects by Category.

 

This is what you’ll see on top of your product list on your blog. Add this functionality on all your posts & then if you click on one of the tags (e.g art journal). You will see that the products will give their place to all the posts you have using that tag.

 

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Figure 4

 

Here is what will look like:

 

Affiliate Blogging - Project & Product Navigation

Figure 5

 

You can go back to the list of products if you click on the arrow (1).
Moreover we added a selection box so you can either add new tags to your project or select from those that you have already used in past projects.

 

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Figure 6

 

Projects by products.

 

Clicking on the menu inside your blog, you can select “Projects using this”. A list with all projects where the selected product is used, will be displayed:

 

Affiliate Blogging - Project & Product Navigation

Figure 7

 

Clicking on one of the listed projects will redirect the user to the relevant article. Clicking the back button on the top left, will display the product list again. If you click on a product directly, it will still redirect the reader to the shop/link exactly as the old link manager widget. You can see how the widget works on a real blog here: http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2013/01/valentines-card-4/

 

Affiliate Blogging - Project & Product Navigation

Figure 8

 

Last but Not Least: Manage Affiliates

 

 

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