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Secret images. This is a largely unknown but simple trick to get way more blog traffic.
I’ve only recently started this blog, but by using ‘secret’ images that don’t appear on my blog posts, I’m able to provide multiple leads from Pinterest to my blog without my posts looking too cluttered.
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This post is an easy tutorial about how to get more blog traffic, just by adding ‘secret’ images into your blog post. This simple trick does not take much effort as you don’t need to be creating more content. Just making more images to go with the content you’re already creating, then hiding these images in your posts.
Before we start, it’s worth mentioning that for you to be able to see this method working you need to either have the tailwind extension added to Google chrome and be using Tailwind, or have the ‘Pin it’ button on your blog.
I’ve used the tailwind extension for this tutorial but either is fine. You don’t actually need either for this method to work, but it will show you that it does work.
Then you’re good to go!
HOW TO ADD SECRET IMAGES TO YOUR BLOG POSTS
For this tutorial I will be showing you how I added ‘secret images’ to my how to start a blog posts.
Insert an image into your post by clicking “Add Media”.
Then either uploading an image or select an image you have already uploaded, and click “Insert into post”.
Now click “Preview Changes”.
A new tab will open showing you the changes you have made to your post. The image you have inserted should appear in the post.
Now we are going to add a small amount on coding on the page to make it not appear in the post when you read it, but it is still there.
Go back to editing your post. Click the “Text” tab at the top right.
You will then see your blog post in code.
Scroll until you have found your image but in a coded format. It helps to remember the line of text you wrote before the image. Hint: the image will start with the code <img, as shown below.
You then want to put this code into the text page just before the image: <div style=”display: none;”>
PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT copy the line of code that is written above. You need to type it out.
I tried to copy the exact code written above from this post and into another one of my posts, but because I wasn’t viewing this post in code, it didn’t work.
When I then switched to seeing this post in code, the actual line of code I was copying from this post was this <div style=”display: none;”>
I get that might be a little confusing, so just make sure you type this <div style=”display: none;”> out, not copy and paste it.
And this line of code after: </div>
Then click on the “Visual” tab next to the text tab, and your image will no longer appear in the post.
However, here’s how we can check that it is still on the page even though it’s not appearing in the post. Click on “Preview changes” again.
Now download the tailwind extension for chrome if you haven’t already (it’s free and easy to install). Then click the icon for tailwind at the top.
As tailwind is a website for scheduling images, it will find all the images on the page it can use. The picture we uploaded will be there, even though it does not appear on the blog post.
Success! You can see I have done this multiple times. You can then use Tailwind to schedule these images to be pinned on Pinterest. Or alternatively you can use a plugin that allows the ‘Pin it’ button to appear on each page of your blog posts, and this will still show us the images available in the post too.
The other handy thing about this is you can hide really long images in your posts that will perform well on Pinterest, but wont distract your reader as it won’t appear in your blog post.
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