How To Craft Featured Images That Make Your Blog Instantly Recognizable for Increased Engagement

Aside from headlines, what's the most consumed piece of content on your blog?

This isn't supposed to be a trick question or some kind of unexpected reveal. The answer is likely plastered at the top of every article you've ever published.

Like moths to a flame, human eyes are automatically drawn to a blog's featured images and will visually devour them without even intending to do so.

Your featured images must not only illustrate the content you’ve posted, but should also create a visual identity that works to consistently build your website's brand.

Go ahead and take a quick peek at your website’s blog grid. Do the images work together to create a unique website identity or do they lack an overarching design theme?

If you think your blog has room for improvement in this department, don’t worry.

We've got just the course to teach you How To Craft Featured Images That Engage Traffic and Boost Your Online Identity.

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No Design Experience Or Expensive Freelancers Needed

Let’s face it, you probably have little to no design background and could use a few pointers when it comes to creating images for your website.

With that in mind, we’ve written this course for design newbs just like you.

And if you happen to be a design pro, there just might be a few gems waiting in the lessons for you to get some inspiration from.

This course will not only show you the principles behind creating featured images, but will also provide a range of examples from high-traffic websites that use featured images to help produce their instantly recognizable brands.

What Does The Featured Image Design Course Look Like?

This short course has seven, bite-sized lessons that will have you building featured images in under 30 minutes!

Want to create a flat icon style like the Thrive Themes blog uses? No problem. We’re going to show you exactly how to execute this design all by yourself.

Or maybe you prefer to use your own photographs for featured images?

That’s a great way to go, but it's difficult to make photos look recognizably your own. To help you out, we’ve got an entire lesson dedicated to blogs that succeed in this simple, yet challenging design theme.

Do you want to include text on your featured images, but struggle to make the word overlays readable? There's another lesson that focuses entirely on helping you overcome this hassle.

Use the Gear That's Already At Your Fingertips

Now, you’re probably wondering if you need to buy an expensive software suite like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to produce eye-catching featured images.

The truth is that you can craft attractive and illustrative featured images with nothing more than free software.

This Thrive University course even has a step-by-step video tutorial showing you exactly how to create your own featured image template with a free online tool to cut your production time down to just a few minutes per image!

Become A Featured Image Design Pro Today!

If you want to skip the hassle and expense of professional graphic designers for your future featured images, invest 30 minutes of your time now and take the How To Craft Featured Images That Engage Traffic and Boost Your Online Identity course today.

Sign up for your free Thrive University account to get started.

Or if you’re already a Thrive Themes customer, you can login to your members area to jump straight in!

If you’ve got any questions about the course, please give us a shout in the comments below.

P.S. If you’re struggling to create featured images because you lack artistic talent or the “designer’s eye”, get some inspiration from Lesson 4: Examples of “Quick-and-Dirty” Featured Images.

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Author: Matt Totten

Matt’s a geologist turned online marketer and digital nomad. He’s a Modern Manimal on a mission to cultivate a high-tech, hunter-gatherer lifestyle within our exceedingly domesticated world. When away from his tech, you can find him studying complex human movement through random play or practices like Aikido, AcroYoga and Barefoot Running.

  • Mark says:

    Hi There, I’m using the Focus blog and I build up my website. Will you please guide me how can I make better conversions? I’m gonna work for Amazon Affiliates and Promote Affiliate Products. Thanks.

  • I am watching this course in ThriveUniversity and IT ROCKS!!!
    It’s exactly what I needed, but couldn’t find anywhere.
    Untill now all I was able to find were proffesional style courses about how to create logos, websites, complex illustrations. This course is perfect.
    THANK YOU!

  • I would really enjoy if you added comments inside lessons in Thrive University.

  • Joe Fanning says:

    My images are getting pretty blurry when they are used in the recent posts side panel. Meaning when they are not in their original size format. Any ideas?

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