You see those thumbnail images at the top left right of blog specially made for single post? What are they… and how are they made? Today we have just the right tutorials for you and how to get those free icons, yes those images are made mostly using free icons, some bloggers might just only use some image they would download from Google images, but that does not sound much interesting so what I recommend is to create your own thumbnail image.
Smart bloggers use thumbnails images for posts to liven them up and grab your attention. Veteran bloggers write so good due to their experience in blogging and they are so mature so they don’t really need to use icons, but it’s always good to mix quality images with your text blog content.
To get started take a look at this icon used on one of the post of BloggingTips.com’s 30 Ways to Increase Site Traffic post, see the image below
So how can we get something like this made for your site? It’s very simple and we just need two important things.
- Website that provide free icons like this website Icon Finder
- Now we just need a software that can edit icons according to our need like this software Logo Maker
Now I told you about making a icon so why not make a icon similar to used in (30 ways to increase traffic post) which we discussed earlier above.
Lets do it
First go to the icon finder website and look for icons that match your blog content and are allowed for commercial use. It’s important to select the right images with the proper copyright/usage rights so the owner of the image won’t have any issues with use on your blog.
Then download your image you like.
Now that you have the icon…
- Start the logo maker software
- Drag and drop the icon in software
- Choose the height and width from software
- And input some text in there
Look how we stretched the size of the small icon and select a nice style of writing to use. Try exporting the files using a transparent background so it firs in with any design or background.
Add free icons to your blog
Now that we were creative and have something original for the site, lets get to adding icons to the blog.
There are several wordpress plugins which I recommend, but they might or might now work with some themes, so its better if you have a nice theme already that have (set featured image) feature.If you dont have that try these plugins
- Auto featured image: Automatically generate featured image for new/old posts if Post Thumbnail is not set manually.
- Drag and drop featured image: This plugin is the real deal, I really recommend this plguin for wordpress users.It exactly does as it names sound.
I will give a tutorial on drag and drop plugin, when you have installed and activated the plugin, go to setting of drag and drop plugin which you can found at appearnce by the name Drag to feature and select the pages for which you want thumbnail to be created.
Now that you have selected the options, go to add post and you will see the option of featured image like this image, on the right side.
And then just drop or select the image , size which i recommend for thumbnail is 186*186.If your themes is supported or capable this will work.
This post was written by Daniyal Adrees, author of MyBlogTricks, i cover themes ,plugins and widgets of wordpress, and also make post on blog tips and blog tricks.