Picture Articles and Content
Thanks to smartphones, cameras are becoming commonplace and it seems photo opportunities are unlimited. Toting around a camera has never become easier, so a wide array of events and projects are more easily captured from our everyday lives. So, you end up with a lot of photos.
What do you do with them? Write articles including the photos for HubPages or your blog. They are very popular articles in my experience.
In this article I am sharing some thoughts about how to best use these photos to write "picture articles," or articles that give readers a lot more than plain Jane words.
I list below some processes to consider when making a photo article, including doing your SEO when you are composing it and organization tips. I also provide some ideas on some of the types of articles that are perfect for using photos.
A List of Things to Consider in a Photo Article
- Make sure the photos are of good quality. Edit, crop and enhance where it would help show what you want to convey for each photo.
- Do the SEO for your photo in Google Adwords and include the relevant keywords and phrases you discover from going through the process mentioned in item 3 below.
- Add relevant info to the photo description in the article, and consider making a header paragraph that will explain the group of photos to follow. Also put description data in the photograph meta file.
- Organize the article into sections based on different photo topics. Include photos that rotate around several aspects of a central theme.
How to SEO Photos
If you want people to find your article and see your photos, you need to put in some relevant information in the photo description that people will read in your article. You can also put information in the photo in what is called its meta data file. This will provide additional info that people will use with their search engines to find your photo, and perhaps your specific article that you have published on the web.
If you don't know the link to the external keyword tool, here it is: Google Adwords KeywordTool External.
Also, several photo editors will allow you to access a digital photo's meta data file. There you can put in a thorough description of what the picture contains and you can also put a link to a site that mentions the copyright information for the photo. But beware with the links, as it is best to put only one link to any one site in each article. Otherwise, it will appear that you are stuffing hidden links, which is a frowned upon SEO practice.
Some Types of Photo Articles
Traveling articles give you a great opportunity to share your photos. Organize the photos into sections that are based on the different events like restaurants and eating, things to do for fun, odd things you may see, hotels in the area, etc. You can do a short review of each of the aspects shown in your photos, talking about the best and the worst, or any relevant reflections that you may have that will help the reader understand what you are trying to relate by this group of photos. Examples of articles in this regard include my articles on traveling to Nicaragua about the cities of Masaya and Granada.
Cooking articles can show how you complete the process from start to finish, showing the cooking equipment used, ingredients and other special instruction that set your recipe apart. Make sure you compose simple photos that don't have a lot of extraneous objects that would distract from getting the point across. How to articles are also good formats for photo illustrations.
Collections of photos that center around a general theme are great. Because of my interest in all things natural in Costa Rica, I have done photo articles on Shore Birds of Costa Rica and Flowers of Costa Rica, for example. Check out to see what I have done with these hubs and see if you have an unused collection of photos that you want to share with the world. If you have a large number of photos, consider making a slide show video instead of showing all. By the way, these types of articles are among my most popular articles on HubPages.
Picture Articles Write Themselves
In a way, I have experienced that picture articles make the article happen all by themselves. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, as the saying goes, then it should be easy for anyone to come up with an interesting, finished product having 250 words or more. Most of your work should go into doing the research on relevant search terms, organizing and editing your photos. Your photos get you about half the way there!