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In this video you’re going to learn how and why you should use Featured Images

What is a featured image?

It’s the image that shows on your blog roll as well as featuring on your post. It’s the image that ties the two together providing continuity. People can get confused without continuity.


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JohnWRaleigh Premium
Marion, thank you for this tutorial! Since I didn't reach out to the community much sooner, I kinda figured this one out on my own BUT I used your much needed video to confirm that what I was doing was correct. Now, the PROBLEM: when I do add the featured image to post, it not only adds the thumbnail image to "You May Also Like This Article," it adds the featured image as a banner to my site. What can I do to delete the "banner," yet keep the thumbnail image for each "article?" Please advise.
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MarionBlack Premium
That sounds like a theme thing, John. Create a test website (siterubix subdomain) and try out a few different themes.
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JohnWRaleigh Premium
Marion, it was a theme thing. I kept fiddling with the post and page settings until I figured out what feature I needed to unclick. Trial and error is the way I have learned with my favorite theme, Camer. And I like the idea of a test website to try out a few different themes; never have thought of that one before. Thanks again for the advice
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Lady18Esther Premium
Good day MarionBlack,
I want to thank you for this short Informative video! Can I ask a question: we must have a feature image in each of our articles or can it be more than one image?
Thank you in advance for your reply,
Very best,
LadyEsther
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MarionBlack Premium
You can add many images wherever you feel they would be appropriate but each article can have only one featured image. The featured image is usually the first image in the article.
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Lady18Esther Premium
MarionBlack,
Got it, thank you
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cliffyb79 Premium
Thank you so much! I was stuck for a minute. Again, thanks! :)
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MarionBlack Premium
Glad I could help to get you unstuck.
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Loes Premium
Hi Marion, do you, perhaps know how you can display featured images on category pages, they do not appear there
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MarionBlack Premium
That must be a theme thing, Loes. I have featured images on my category pages using Weaver Xtreme theme.
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Loes Premium
Oww, so I probably have to dive into the editor to add this, I have seen codes come by, I know that's a possibility, although a plugin would be nicer:))
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MarionBlack Premium
Which theme are you using? I'd like to test it in my test website.
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Loes Premium
Thanks, Custom Community doesn't display any featured image
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MarionBlack Premium
So I have just discovered. I don't think it's going to be an easy fix. :(
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Loes Premium
Hmm, the footer job was easy though:)) I have the copyright added via the plugin, only once a year change the year:))
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Loes Premium
Can it be done in the child theme?
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MarionBlack Premium
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Loes Premium
You're the best, I will test it on my test website:))
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MVeronicaG Premium
Thank you so much
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome, MariaVeronica.
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RussellO1 Premium
Thanks Maron, this has helped improve the interactive capabilities of my blog. Great and helpful information.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome, Russell.
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Momy Premium
Great, thanks Marion. I wondered about this.

Regards,
Michelle
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MarionBlack Premium
Glad I could help Michelle.
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chrisnovak Premium
Thanks again. Its so simple once you know how! Appreciate you @MarionBlack
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MarionBlack Premium
I like simple :)
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Chrislk Premium
Great training video!

Would you by chance know how to keep the image in the blogroll while taking it out of the post?
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MarionBlack Premium
Yes, it can be done but only on a site-wide scale not for individual posts. But if you do it site-wide you can add the images back into the posts that you want them to appear.

Add this code to Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS

.single .featured-image {
display: none;
}

If you're not sure how to do this I've got some videos on my website https://marionblackonline.com/wordpress/css/
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Chrislk Premium
I didn't see "Custom CSS" on my page, but I did see "Additional CSS." I tried cutting and pasting the code in that area, but it didn't work. :/

Argh, so frustrating! XD
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah, sometimes you have to give it an extra push. Try:

.single .featured-image {
display: none !important;
}

Make sure you copy and paste the entire thing starting with the dot before the word "single" and ending with "}" The exact syntax is vital.
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Chrislk Premium
No-go on this too. I included the period at the very beginning and the wavy bracket at the end. I've been fighting with this issue for a while now. XD
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QYTan Premium
Hi, Marion.
Thank you for sharing the information about how to set up a featured image.
It really helps.

Bravo!

Gunawan
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Gunawan.
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TeamIceCream Premium
Marion, I can not begin to tell you how much your short and to the point videos are appreciated! Hubby and I was talking last night when he was watching one of your videos. There's no fiddling around with the mouse, no uhming and ahing, no frills and fluff - just exactly what the title says, sweet and short in under 2 minutes. BRILLIANT!!! Thank you!
Chocolate (Sharlee) + Vanilla IceCream
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you Chocca. I like to keep my videos as short as possible so I'm not wasting anyone's time. If you ever see one of my videos going over 5 minutes then you'll know there's a lot of information and I couldn't make it any shorter.
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WildflowerG Premium
Thanks, Marion. I needed this.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're very welcome Tanya. Those featured images really make a difference to a website.
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AffilateMAN Premium
Thank you so much dear MarionBlack , it very helpfull , love it ,all best wishes , God bless
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Amanuel.
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JamieU Premium
Thanks very helpful! I would like to adjust the layout now with the pics on the home page and/or the amount of text below the pic. It shows the title of post then into the first paragraph just seems hard to read and be captivating, thanks again pics are helping on the main page. Maybe they are too big?
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MarionBlack Premium
The size of the featured images on the front page depends mainly on which theme you're using. Set up a test website and try out a few themes to see which one you like best.
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Tzbiz Premium
SO helpful! Thanks - I just made my site look so much better!
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MarionBlack Premium
That's great Tom.
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Aceharts Premium
Oh I see, looks exactly like mine. hahaha. Now off to fix that
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eosegueraf Premium
Outstandingly clear and useful training Marion. It just makes it easier to improve the quality of websites and therefore the ranking in Search Engines. I am your new student and admirer.
A huge thank you from México to Adelaide!
Eugenio.
My first website (under construction)
https://suppliesfororganicagriculture.com
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MarionBlack Premium
You are very welcome Eugenio. Greetings from Adelaide.
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cstarz Premium
Thank you very much for the info Marion! This really helped with my question.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Chris.
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hotshotlegal Premium
That is great Marion, really clear instructions, and I did it! Thank you
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Grover6304 Premium
Marion, thanks for the lesson. It solved my issue.
Steve
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MarionBlack Premium
Always glad to help Steve.
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PatsyC Premium
Thank You I needed this!
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MarionBlack Premium
Did I mention that you can find heaps of great images that are free to use at pixabay.com ?
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PatsyC Premium
Hi, I tried it but the image was so huge! so I went back and removed it and tried to make it smaller but it still came out huge. I will try again tomorrow, it's getting late here.

Thanks for leaving me the link for the free pictures. I have been googling free pictures and find awesome ones so far :)

I will check out pixabay thanks :)
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MarionBlack Premium
It's a theme thing. I noticed that Twenty Seventeen has absolutely enormous featured images. Have a look at some other themes
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PatsyC Premium
I had another theme and this one is newer.

How can I tell if it won't have the huge images? It's scary for me to change themes, it took me a while to actually try it.
I have Marlin Lite theme.

thanks for the link I'll check it out but not sure if I want to change themes again.
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MarionBlack Premium
It's as bad as Twenty Seventeen. Before you change themes again try out a few on a test website. It's all in the video I linked to.
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PatsyC Premium
Thanks. I sent a message to the theme developer asking if they can adjust it. They helped me with other problems so hopefully this will work.

I wouldn't know how to make a test website, I saved the video to watch later.

I appreciate all of your help!
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mbouteiller Premium
Great video Marion!! Thank you! I always appreciate your help!

I'll go back and see your video and then follow it thru... I'm using Poseidon theme... I thought I was using Omega and then realized I can changed the theme to Poseidon a couple of months ago.

Arrrggg... but it come with a right sided menu so I just added Categories and it shows on the right side but I don't see a widget for Featured Image.

Perhaps I need to change back to Omega?
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MarionBlack Premium
It's not a widget, it's part of the core WordPress installation. ALL themes have featured images, you just have to set them at the bottom-right of the posts. Please watch the video, it will make it clear for you.
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JoanGC Premium
Thank you Marion! This was something I didn't know anything about and your video was very clear. I'm going to try this!
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MarionBlack Premium
You'll be glad you did Joan. Featured images make your home page look so much more interesting.
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RobSciubba Premium
Thanks Marion! This is perfect!
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MarionBlack Premium
Glad you like it Rob.
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Anton1 Premium
Awesome! Thanks a lot Marion, the video is short and easy to understand. ;)
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Anton.
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mrbill6771 Premium
Thanks, Marion! I have been adding images through "add media" tab. The "featured image" tab seems much easier.

Bill
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MarionBlack Premium
You need to use both Bill.
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mrbill6771 Premium
Thanks, Marion. I just found that out!!
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vangiemc Premium
Thanks Marion! This post answered a few questions I didn't even know I have!
Evangeline.
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MarionBlack Premium
I like that!
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amgolf Premium
I never set feature image because I automatic set for me.
Now I think I should set all article FM.
Thank you, Marion I learn from you
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Nattawut.
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Lucky83 Premium
Thanks so much MarionBlack, that video was so easy to understand, keep up the great work.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you.
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LindaCooke Premium
yay! Thank you, thank you..
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MarionBlack Premium
Yay! You've got it.
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reanna1 Premium
Thanks, Marion!
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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reanna1 Premium
I just want to ask you why my featured images are blurry! What can I do about it?
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MarionBlack Premium
When WordPress enlarges images they go blurry (pixelated). Only use images that are the same size they're going to be shown as or slightly larger. If images are too big they will slow down your site's loading time.
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EvitaN Premium
Yes! Thank you! This is exactly what i was looking for!
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MarionBlack Premium
Great!
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Peaceofmoney Premium
I took a picture yesterday on my phone and thought I'd try to post it with my phone. I went to the website, downloaded the picture I took and it worked! If that's how I have to do it, OK.
See if that works for you.

Marsha
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Peaceofmoney Premium
Marion,
In your video you already have your images that you can choose.
I cannot get the images I've uploaded to appear like that. It is just blue with a check mark. Have you seen this before and do you know a remedy?
Thanks,
Marsha
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MarionBlack Premium
Follow this video to upload your images and it should work just fine. You should be using the same image in your post as you use for your featured image.
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seconds2work Premium
Funny I'm having that same problem.
Thank Marion and Peaceofmoney
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MarionBlack Premium
Sorry, I gave you the wrong link
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seconds2work Premium
Thank I will check it out later. Working on a BIG project. I'll let everyone know about it when I close the deal tomorrow.
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EdwardLarry Premium
MarionBlack I need an Image on Twitter maybe this screenshot can help
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MarionBlack Premium
I don't do Twitter Edward. Sorry I can't help.
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seconds2work Premium
Thank you
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MarionBlack Premium
You're very welcome LeNard.
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GinaGo Premium
Thank you Marion. ~Gina
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Gina.
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johnwnewman Premium
Great training Marion! :-)
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you John :)
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CateR Premium
Hi Marion, a few questions if I may?

1. Where, other than on a blog roll does a featured image display if it's not an image already in the post/page?
2. If it's only on the blogroll - why do pages have featured images too? Where do they display?
3. How large is featured image, or rather - what is the minimum size I should set the image to if it isn't already in the post?

Thanx!
...After watching your video I'm trying to give all my pages/posts their own featured images, but if they only display on the blogroll then why bother with pages and why have anything bigger than the thumbnail setting for blogroll.... sorta thing.

Oh, PS. if it matters - my theme is Mantra.
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MarionBlack Premium
Good questions Cate.

Yes, the theme matters. Mantra is one of my favorite themes (◠‿◠✿) Did you install the "serious" plugin to make it more customizable?

The theme controls the way the website looks, the size of the featured images, the alignment of the images, just everything.

If the images are too small then when they get displayed larger they become pixelated (blurry) so I don't recommend using tiny images. And I don't recommend using very large images because they take ages to load. So I always upload images just a little larger than I need them to be so they look good.

The posts featured images show up in the blogroll and in the category pages. I don't know why pages can have featured images, maybe a future WordPress update will make use of them. So far I've only bothered to set featured images for posts.
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CateR Premium
Yeah - nice lil serious plugin... :-)

Okay - found something there....
If you set a featured image on a page or post AND it is large enough, you can use Serious to set it to display in the header when that page or post is selected to view.

OTOH - hardly a big deal in Mantra as the header is only 75p deep :-)
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MarionBlack Premium
But you can change the header size in Mantra. Reset it to what height you want, save the settings then go back and add your header. See http://freeandcheapebooks.com/
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CateR Premium
Thanx for that titbit Marion, I'll do so because the Mantra header is extremely ... thin - and very easily done now that I looked at Header again in the Serious options :-). (Somehow I missed that cutie.)

Still don't think I'd want to use featured images as a header tho' .... any picture that is wide enough to fit and look good height-wise is likely to take up too much above the fold.....

Nice site too - I'm gonna go .... procrastinate around it for a while.
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Judy-B Premium
Nice, thank you, Marion for taking the time. Learned something new. :)
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MarionBlack Premium
That's great Judy. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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BBrandt Premium
Hello Marion,
Is this Featured Images a theme specific widget? I can not locate it with my theme. I am running Sundance in case that makes a difference.

Thanks,
Bruce
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MarionBlack Premium
I can't find "sundance" at wordpress.org is it a premium theme? Featured images are not widgets they're part of the main WordPress platform and I think they're available on all themes.
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BBrandt Premium
Sundance was one of the free themes. I wonder why I can not find that Featured Image. Thanks Marion.

Bruce
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MarionBlack Premium
I just had a look at your website and the theme Sundance is from wordpress dot com not wordpress dot org. Perhaps featured images are not available in wordpress dot com's themes.
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BBrandt Premium
Thanks for checking. :-)
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carpediem1 Premium
Hi Marion,

thanks for sharing.
I learned that featured images are quite important after realizing that I am getting full 30 % of my traffic to a particular post from my featured image that is indexed in google photos:-)
Now how is that for traffic generation?

Sibylle
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MarionBlack Premium
That's another great reason to use images in our posts.
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sinwm Premium
Hi Marion, thanks for sharing.
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MarionBlack Premium
It's a pleasure Sin.
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monikakutis Premium
Thank you Marion!
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Monika.
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kiliwia62 Premium
LOL, Marion, really never knew what to do with Featured Images, now I do.
Thanks a lot, very helpful indeed. :)
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MarionBlack Premium
That's great Sylvia, I like to help when I can.
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Steve1958 Premium
Thanks Marion...
This training is going to be very helpful for me...
Hope you weathered the weather OK!
Hurry up Thursday...
Best wishes
Steve
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MarionBlack Premium
It's supposed to reach 20 degrees tomorrow so that's getting better. Roll on Thursday to Sunday. 30 degrees on Sunday - WOO HOO!
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Steve1958 Premium
WOO HOO indeed!
I think my poor next door neighbour is getting tired of putting the fence back together...again! LOL
Our fish n chippery man James will be very happy!
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Sharon0228 Premium
Thank you. that was very helpful. I am still learning basics so I have saved this in my files.
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MarionBlack Premium
Keep on learning the basics, the extras will still be here when you're ready for them.
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AM0001 Premium
Thanks Marion, I love your little posts, they are always easy to understand, your voice sounds calm and reassuring and you give good examples. I will save this in my Go To area....
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you Annemarie.
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mckm Premium
I've never used featured images. There's always something new to learn. Thanks for sharing. - Margaret
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MarionBlack Premium
Now could be a good time to start using them Margaret.
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boomergp08 Premium
Well done Marion. I always use featured images on my blog roll for the same reason you gave, though I do not always use the first image in my post simply because I may have an extra image I want to use. Thanks for sharing your video trainings.
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MarionBlack Premium
It's always a pleasure to share with my WA family.
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