It’s no secret that big, vibrant images are key in social media for drawing users in and encouraging engagement. Pinterest has been the reigning image champ for a while now, but other social media platforms are scrambling to step up their image games, including Google+.
When using Google+ to promote your blog, website or services, an effective key to great images is to NOT use the little picture that pops up when you insert the URL link of the information you are looking to share. Like Facebook, when a link is inserted in an update, a little picture of your post will automatically pop up below the link. These smaller pictures suffice, but are less likely to get noticed by users as they scroll past. A larger picture affiliated with your post will not only look better, but is more likely to “hook” readers and get their attention.
How to Post Larger Pics on G+: Begin by entering your headline and link in the update area like you would normally do. As soon as you add that link, the smaller and undesirable picture populates and that’s when you will want to click the Remove button as shown below:
Once you click the Remove button, Google+ will then show you a series of icons, one of which is the option to add your own photo.
Once you select the Photos icon, you can add any photo you’d like from your hard drive and your larger and more vibrant picture will publish as soon as you click Share.