I am not interested in viewing your infographic. Please stop asking.

Last Update: April 12, 2017

Look, I get it. You want more backlinks. But I cannot think of a worse way to get one than to continually bother another website owner to feature a poorly made infographic that is not at all relevant to their own site's material.

Maybe people have success with this kind of outreach and I'm just being rude here, but I get about a dozen requests to feature an infographic on my site each month, and not once have I even remotely considered it.

Why?

  • There's absolutely no benefit to me. It's not going to help my site in any way. A cheaply made cartoon displaying some generic information isn't going to generate any traffic for me. In fact, it's only going to drive people away from my site.
  • I have literally never featured an infographic on my site ever. Sure there is a first time for everything, but your infographic on the languages of Star Wars (an actual request I received) or how much it costs to take an Uber is not where I'm starting.
  • My readers have never once expressed interest in infographics. They certainly aren't going to "love" an infographic on the dangers of Bangladeshi click farms. Nor are they going to want to view an infographic on how important a server is to site speed and then "share it with everyone they know."
  • It shows how little time you invested my site. All it takes is 2 minutes clicking around my site to see this is not something I would be interested in. If you want a feature, take a different approach and please do not address me as "Hey There," "Dear Editor," or "Salutations Webmaster."
  • And stop asking if I want to view it first. Just send the damn thing over. If you're wondering if I'm going to feature it either way, the answer is still no. Also, if I haven't responded to your first 3 emails, you should probably take the hint and stop following up.

In fact, I created a handy little infographic to help you find out if I am interested in viewing or sharing your very own infographic:

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VSinatra Premium
I love this and the comments! I find Im truly laughing outloud at these comments....the obvious poking fun at... and the types you probably get the emails from! Thanks for brightening the evening!
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Opprotunity Premium
That should be clear enough!
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Neil Little Premium
Totally agree.
They did intrigue me at first but after seeing hundreds/thousands over the past millennia on Facebook I never want to see another one!
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TitaWorks Premium
Hee!
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delroy2222 Premium
Hi Steve. Loving your honesty and straight talking. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes.

Delroy
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DavePage Premium
Can you recommend a site to use for infographics please?
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IveTriedThat Premium
Did you read anything I wrote above?
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DavePage Premium
Yes I did and I understood that your readers aren't interested in them. You created one on your post herer and I wondered where you went to do it, that's all.
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learn2bgreat Premium
OMG! This is hilarious!
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Fri, June 9, 2017

Hi, Dave.

Were you asking Steve (IveTriedThat) for a recommendation for the best place to create infographics? If so, I'd be interested in his reply, too.

Canva has a free "Online Infographic Maker." I haven't used it, but it looks good.

You can make infographics for free if you only use Canva's free elements and upload your own images (if needed.)



Sharon
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IveTriedThat Premium
Guys, I do not like inforgraphics. I do not have any recommendations other than don't create an infographic. I think they are a huge waste of everyone's time. I don't remember what I used to create the one above.
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Fri, June 9, 2017

Hi, Steve.

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I assumed you didn't like infographics, but you know what's said about assumptions. I appreciate your verification.

I consider you brilliant in all things related to websites and marketing, so your input is extremely valuable for all of us.

I know you said your site's readers have never expressed an interest in infographics, and you consider (I'm assuming, even well-made ones) a waste of everyone's time, but can you expand on why they're a waste of time?
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DavePage Premium
Yes I was, mainly because I'm testing different angles for promoting posts, to see what works and what doesn't.
Can Banners be classed as Infographics I wonder?
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learn2bgreat Premium
If you create a great infographic, that's fine. However, do you really want to spend that much time when a simple picture or Power Point presentation slide will suffice? The infographic is ok for depicting steps, processes, flowcharts, etc... but you have to decide if it's really worth the TIME investment.
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sat, June 10, 2017

Hmm... I don't know. I wouldn't think so, but I'm still too new to all this stuff to say for sure.
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learn2bgreat Premium
Don't waste your time with infographics. You don't need them.
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sat, June 10, 2017

Hi, Darren.

Very true and a point well worth considering. Thank you for sharing it.


Sharon
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sat, June 10, 2017

Hi again, Darren.

"Fooling around" with graphics in my spare time is something I've enjoyed as a (non-paying) hobby for years. Maybe, if I ever decide I'd like to learn how to make infographics, I'll treat it that same way - something to do in my spare time, because it's fun.

Right now though - what spare time?! :)


Sharon
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craigrut Premium
Snappa does a decent job. Super easy to use. Note that you'll have to pay for it if you want to use it though.
https://snappa.com/
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craigrut Premium
Snappa does a decent job. Super easy to use. Note that you'll have to pay for it if you want to use it though.
https://snappa.com/
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Mon, Oct 23, 2017,

Hi, Craig

Thanks for telling us about Snappa and including the link, to make checking it out easier.

The pricing seems very reasonable.

Do you use Snappa? Do you love it? Is it easier to use than Canva?


Sharon
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craigrut Premium
I've never used Canva.

I used Snappa for a couple of months. The pricing was ok, but I wasn't using it very often so I got rid of it. Even with it being easy to use I simply didn't have a lot of time to dedicate to info graphics...And it might be easier to simply pay someone who is a professional to create one for you in 1/10th the time.
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Mon, Oct 23, 2017,

Hi again, Craig.

Thanks for the additional input. You make a great point about hiring a professional. Doing that can save a lot of time AND frustration.

I took a look at your profile and saw that you post extremely helpful information. I'm now following you because of that.

Also, love your site and your kitties are adorable. :)


Sharon
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wweb53 Premium
Nice going Steve! Have a great day!
cheers,
william
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FMajors Premium
I don't suppose you like infographics do you? Ha Ha.
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nathaniell Premium
Hehe. Thanks for the chuckle Steve.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Anything to put a smile on your face bud
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neilc Premium
Dear Editor, I was about to send you an infographic request! :P

I've looked into them and even had 1 infographic request, but they seem too time-consuming to make. I'd rather spend time writing a blog post with a few images. :)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Personally, I could never be bothered to read an infographic. Just put the content out there. Dressing it up with cartoons and different fonts doesn't make it any easier to read.
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neilc Premium
YUP! :-)
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DaveSw Premium
I look at this issue from a reader's perspective...

It is a fact that people absorb content differently...Some tend to like text, some like videos, and some can absorb information through a combination of graphics, images, and text...

You will have a percentage of people who prefer one medium over another, so MY advice would be to mix up HOW you present content...Text can be a base for additional support ,mediums, one of which can be an infographic...

Personally...

Videos would be top of my list, followed by images or graphics, and then infographics (if used sparingly and they are not amateurish)...

My advice is to find someone who knows what they are doing so you have a quality infographic...

Why do I say this?

Some interesting excerpts from a hubspot post at https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/visual-content-marketing-strategy on January 3, 2017 from author Jesse Mawhinney:

"This year, we've seen the importance of visual content emphasized by the changes that occurred across almost every major social network, including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter...

...Infographic Stats

- Eye-tracking studies show internet readers pay close attention to information-carrying images. In fact, when the images are relevant, readers spend more time looking at the images than they do reading text on the page.

- Infographics are "liked" and shared on social media 3X more than other any other type of content...

- Infographics were the B2B content marketing tactic with the biggest increase in use, from 2015 to 2016, up from 50% to 58%...

- People following directions with text and illustrations do 323% better than people following directions without illustrations.

- Tweets with images receive 150% more retweets than tweets without images.

- In an analysis of over 1 million articles, BuzzSumo found that articles with an image once every 75-100 words received double the social media shares as articles with fewer images...

- Facebook posts with images see 2.3X more engagement than those without images...."

There is a case for using infographics whether you personally like them or not...Remember it is the reader you are creating content for...

Cheers and best of luck!
Dave : )
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Stephanie-AR Premium
" In an analysis of over 1 million articles, BuzzSumo found that articles with an image once every 75-100 words received double the social media shares as articles with fewer images..."
Thank you Dave! I've been wondering about this very information, and WHUMP! There it is! I never expected to run across it here, in a post about don't bother with infographics tho.....!
Thank you!!
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StefanC Premium
Popularity can ge you a lot of things in life, including infographics lol...
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Marcus1978 Premium
Steve, have you thought about setting up a website all about your hatred of infographics? If you do, I have made an infographic you can use to promote it on social media.
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IveTriedThat Premium
My readers are going to absolutely LOVE this.
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Marcus1978 Premium
:-)
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NorahJ Premium
hahahaha :-D
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NannaGoosey Premium
I'll just leave this here.
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DaveSw Premium
Oooops...Please disregard my latest email to you....hahahahaha It's tough to be me sometimes, I don't know how I survive (sigh)...Cheers! Dave : )

P.S. Joke...
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AriefWibowo Premium
LOL! Sometimes you just have to stand your ground and let the world knows!
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ThomasPaul Premium
But mine is different. Your readers are going to love my infographic that highlights the benefits of watching paint dry...
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IveTriedThat Premium
How shareable is it? On a scale of 9 to 10.
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ThomasPaul Premium
1000
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GloriaE1 Premium
Good to know
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mickeyb123 Premium
LOVE your infographic! It is probably the ONLY one I have actually understood all this time!
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Good for you, Steve. Priceless!
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AnthonyMLM Premium
I don't get caught up with infographics
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MKearns Premium
I've never created enough infographics to bother with this!
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WTucker1 Premium
thanks for the info. Sounds like bad idea.
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JeffL61 Premium
Good for you Steve! With the tremendous amount of success you have achieved through the years in your online business enterprises, you of all people know what you want seen as part of your website.

Don't feel at all that you're being rude to those people as well. Sometimes you have to spell the word "N-O" before the truly selfish people would understand!

The infographic that you posted in your message is lol funny!
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Dkotlaris Premium
Ouch Lol. Stay positive
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IveTriedThat Premium
Just a fun little rant, nothing serious :)
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MrsKiersten Premium
lol nice infographic
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jofa Premium
Please people approach me with such request. God when would i be so good to be so famous like this?
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PatsyC Premium
Being new here, I have never heard of them before.
Now I know what they are...too funny.
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magistudios Premium
Ugh.. bummer.
I worked so hard on it too...
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Alan Hocking Premium
Ha Ha! :D
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IveTriedThat Premium
Send me and Vitaliy an email. We might be interested in this one.
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@RICH. Premium
Priceless ! :)
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I'm next in line right after you.
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hey, don't leave me out!

*jumps in line behind Meredith*
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Loes Premium
Wow, you must be famous, I never get those requests ;)
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IveTriedThat Premium
You don't want them.
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Alan Hocking Premium
Ha Ha! Priceless Steve!

I suppose there's no point in me sending you my infograph on the mating habits of the lesser known Andalucian spotted tree toad then?

:D
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botipton Premium
If it was the striped tree toad maybe. The spotted one no way I doubt if he would post it.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Bo is right. Call me when you start covering real frogs.
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Alan Hocking Premium
Ahh there you go!

If you can't tell the difference between toads and frogs you need my infograph! :D
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Jim-Bo Premium
;)
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Nikosth Premium
That was pretty funny. I'll definitely send you my infographics now.
And also to Vitaliy so he won't feel jealous.

This one i believe is perfect no matter what your content is. You should consider it.
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IveTriedThat Premium
That just may be the most glorious chart I have ever seen.
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VitaliyG Premium
Well thanks lol.
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@RICH. Premium
Oh, c'mon, admit it, you were tempted to feature the infographic that Beverley did on Ambassadorship, weren't you?! ;)
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IveTriedThat Premium
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't.
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@RICH. Premium
I commissioned a Dom infostickman which you might want to consider too !
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autumn56 Premium
this is just crazy, you know you re doing well when ppl are bugging you with infographics - i mean gosh. Im gonna start sending you pictures of my cats or something
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IveTriedThat Premium
I would actually be more inclined to share cat pictures with my readers than infographics.
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autumn56 Premium
im gonna remember you said that sir <3
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VitaliyG Premium
Dude I'm so jealous, no one has ever bothered me about infographics :(
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IveTriedThat Premium
I will pass along your contact information when new ones come in!
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VitaliyG Premium
Lol, pass.
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autumn56 Premium
i think this is a great idea - vitaliy needs more fans
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VitaliyG Premium
Not like this!
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EddySalomon Premium
LMAO! Enter slow clap here....
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IveTriedThat Premium
The struggle is real and one I'm sure you're familiar with as well lol. But at least I now have a resource to send over the next time an infographic request comes in.
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EddySalomon Premium
Facts!
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