How to Create Visual Content That Engages Readers — WITHOUT Photos

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Of course you know that great images help make your content more engaging.

But what should you do if you can’t find the right photo or don’t have a designer on staff to help make any graphics for you?

It just so happens that there are several awesome tools available to help you bridge that visual content gap right now if you use Thrive Architect to build your online content.

This post is going to walk you through eight of them so you’ll have plenty of visual bricks on hand to get the job done — without always having to go search for picture perfect photos.

Keep reading to learn how easy it is to drop visually engaging elements into your online content with the Thrive Architect visual builder for WordPress...

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Visual Content Tool #1: Content Block Element

Visual Element #1: Content Blocks

The Content Block element in Thrive Architect should be one of your go to visual tools whenever you need to spice up your content.

All you have to do is drag & drop a Content Block element into your Thrive Editor window to see a library of over 65+ (and growing!) pro-designed content templates (searchable by content type) appear on screen via a popup selection lightbox.

Here’s a few of the many different types of Content Block you’ll find within the template library…

Styled & Numbered Lists

If you ever need to explain a series of “How To” steps or highlight some important points — while making them stand out from the surrounding content — the numbered list Content Blocks templates are where it’s at:

How To Use a Content Block "Steps" Template

1.
Create your blog post.
2.
Insert a "Steps" Content Block template into your post where needed.
3.
Customize the color and text of your "Steps" template to improve the readability and professionalism of your post.

Styled list templates like these are also great for Ultimate Guide content as they’ll instantly elevate the production value of your content without the cost of hiring an expensive web designer or having to purchase readymade images:

The Beginner's Guide To Content Blocks
Chapter 1
How to drag & drop a Content Block element into your Thrive Editor window
Chapter 2
How filter for and select the right Content Block template for your content
Chapter 3
How to customize your Content Block template with the Thrive Editor

Styled Blockquotes

A quick and easy way to bring a visual boost to your text is by visually showcasing a quotable passage from your writing (like many magazine and journalistic articles do) or highlighting a quote from an authority to support your point.

Lucky for you, the Content Blocks template library has several predesigned blockquote designs for you to choose from:

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“There are three things your online business needs to thrive: a good offer, traffic and a website that converts.”
Shane Melaugh
Shane Melaugh photo
“There are three things your online business needs to thrive: a good offer, traffic and a website that converts.”

Shane Melaugh

Just add the appropriate quote, change the highlight color to fit your brand, and swap the photo (if it includes one) to match the person you’re quoting and it’s ready to publish.

Product Reviews

If you run an affiliate marketing website, you’re going to love the Product Review Content Block templates.

With them, you can quickly describe the pros and cons of the product you’re reviewing without having to do any other design work:

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  • It's up to you to build, maintain and manage your website
  • Without the use of a visual drag & drop builder like Thrive Architect, the default WordPress post and page builder is clunky to use.
  • You'll need to spend time learning how to use the platforms as well as each of the add-ons you decide to install
  • Security can be an issue, especially when it comes to the free plugins you install.
Conclusion
More than 35% of the internet now runs on WordPress, so you're in good company if you decide to use it for your online business. If you decide to equip yourself with the power of premium plugins like you get with Thrive Suite, then you can get your new website off the ground and earning fans, subscribers and clients fast.
WordPress CMS Review
Here's the lowdown on building your website with WordPress
Pros
  • It's a free and open-source Content Management System
  • You can expand WordPress functionality with both free & premium plugins
  • No coding skills necessary
  • You don't need to hire an expensive web developer to build your website
Cons
  • It's up to you to build, maintain and manage your website
  • Without the use of a visual drag & drop builder like Thrive Architect, the default WordPress post and page builder is clunky to use.
  • You'll need to spend time learning how to use the platforms as well as each of the add-ons you decide to install

Conclusion:
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At most, just swap any images in the template to match the product you’re discussing and get that review published!

Visual Content Tool #2: Styled Box Element

Visual Element #2: Styled Boxes

The next visual content asset in your Thrive Architect war-chest is the Styled Boxes element.

Much like Content Blocks, the Styled Boxes element provides you with a smorgasbord of pro-designed content templates, but primarily in ways that help you highlight key text sections with eye-catching designs.

Want to make an important point stand out within a blog post? It’s as simple as customizing the color and copy of a Styled Box template like this:

The Best Way To Add Visuals WITHOUT Photos
This is a Styled Box template that uses a replaceable icon, text and border designs. Use it to make a point you want to make stand out!

Need to drop a slick looking Author Bio Box onto your online course sales page? How about customizing this Styled Box template to get the job done?

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Have a recommended products page in need of some short and sweet feature boxes? Yup, this template here is what you’re looking for:

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Take a browse through the Styled Boxes template library and you’ll see that there’s a multitude of ready made designs just waiting to be deployed on your next piece of content to enhance its visual appeal.

Visual Content Tool #3: Content Box Element

Visual Element #3: Customized Content Boxes

If you want to build your visual elements in Thrive Architect from scratch, then there's no better way to go about it then with the Content Box element.

There's so many design features available for you to use to make an awesome looking visual, that the sky is really the limit in terms of what you can create.

Inside a Content Box element, you can add, text, images, icons, logos... any element available in the Thrive Editor right sidebar. Then, when customizing your Content Box, you can apply visual features in the left sidebar including Decorations, Shadows, Border & Corner designs, Background Styles and Animations.

For example, you could use the Fancy Dividers feature in a fresh Content Box element to easily build a visual Content Box like this: 

Use a Content Box element with a customized background (like the color gradient shown here) and a Fancy Divider (the bottom pattern seen here) to create amazing visual elements inside your content!

The Fancy Dividers feature can be found within the Decoration tab of the left sidebar when your Content Box element is highlighted.

Visual Content Tool #4: Click to Tweet Element

Visual Element #4: Click to Tweet

A slight variation to the blockquote visualization strategy discussed previously is the Click to Tweet element within Thrive Architect:

“There are three things your online business needs to thrive: a good offer, traffic and a website that converts.” 

Click to Tweet

The Click to Tweet element allows you to not only visually highlight an important point or quotable passage from your content, but then gives your readers the chance to one-click share it to their Twitter feeds.

That’s two awesome benefits built into the DNA of a single Thrive Architect feature!

Visual Content Tool #5: Post List Element

Visual Element #5: Post Lists

One way to keep your readers on your website longer is to present them with a rabbit hole of relevant content placed in strategic locations across your site.

The best way to pull this strategy off is with Thrive Architect’s Post List element.

From a visual perspective, the Post List element is awesome because — like many of the Thrive Architect elements we’ve already discussed — it comes with a litany of pro-designed templates you can choose from: