How to Automatically Generate Social Image Thumbnails in 1 Second

If you are a blogger or content creator online, it’s no secret that links with catchy thumbnails are more likely to get more clicks on social media. Although you have known this for while the process of creating the thumbnails can be too much especially when you are a solo publisher or have a small team who should rather focus on creating quality content.

This article reviews by far one of the the easiest tools to create thumbnail images for your blog/website.

Thumbnail.ai

Creating thumbnail images on thumbnail.ai starts by just copy-pasting your article’s URL then hit generate. The website automatically comes up with different templates of thumbnail images which you will choose one from and download the image file.

What’s special about the generated images?

Thumbnail.ai will automatically analyze your article’s metadata and generate a sexy thumbnail.  It used a royalty-free image, as a base layer to generate your thumbnail.

What Options are there?

  • You can choose a picture from the list of choices that have been provided to you depending on the analysis of your article’s sentiment.
  • You can provide a custom image URL that you want to use as a thumbnail picture.
  • You can search the wide free stock of pixabay.com being on the same page.
  • You can change the title text of the article to your liking and more.

Finally, you can hit download image and you have your thumbnail image on your hand.

5 Free Social Image Generator Websites

It’s becoming increasingly necessary to ensure articles and blog posts online have clean looking social images. Articles without social thumbnails/images suffer in shareablility and virality. In the meantime, the number of social image generators is increasing every year. Below we’ve shared the best free ones.

  1. Thumbnail.ai
    1. Thumbnail.ai lets you create shareable social images in 1-click. Just provide it the url of your blog posts and it will automagically make a thumbnail for you perfectly sized for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. To further customize font and styles a free account is required.
  2. Imgen
    1. Imgen is new websites that lets you generate images on the fly. You must provide background images and a logo  and it will work fine. Customizations are not available at this time.
  3. Placid.app ($)
    1. Placid app lets you create social images and they’re focused on automation. You can design a template and reuse it for your social images.
  4. Snappa ($)
    1. Even-though Snappa is not focused for social thumbnail generation, it still lets your create designs within their online image editor. You can save the template and reuse it whenever you desire.
  5. Bannerbear ($$)
    1. If you want to automate your social images and videos, bannerbear can definitely help.

Are we missing anything? Let us know in the comments.

How to make your blog posts POP when shared.

No matter what blogging platform or engine you are using, getting your articles to have those nice catchy social media share thumbnails is a very simple process.

This article will focus on primarily on WordPress based blogs and custom HTML static sites but the general idea is the same and will work on any platform.

Basically what’s happening is that when Facebook and Twitter – the two biggest social media aggregators – crawl your blog post they are looking for Open Graph meta tags that tell them to use the specified content and if the bots don’t find the OG tags they will improvise and pull whatever data they can from the article. Which isn’t always the best. We want to optimize and control the data for maximum impact.

Why you should include and optimize Open Graph tags.

When people are doom scrolling through their social media they are more likely to pause and click your shared content if it has optimized OG tags, which in turn means more social media referral to your blog.

For example: which one are you more likely to click?

As you can see with proper OG Tags, image B is a clear winner.

  1. OG tags make content more eye-catching in social media feeds.
  2. OG tags summarize what the content is about at a glance.
  3. They help Facebook understand, which helps them recommend it to the right audience.

So, how do we utilize this to make your blog posts catchy and increase social traffic? Easy.

First we need to generate a catchy thumbnail. With Thumbnail.ai you can generate a thumbnail in 1 second.

Secondly we need to specify that thumbnail in the OG tag.  Just download and activate the Open Graph and Twitter Cards plugin.

Once you’ve activated the plugin, open to edit any of your blog posts and at the bottom you will see where you can specify an open graph image (link or upload) to be used for the blog post. It’s that simple.

Save and hit publish and your articles will now include catchy thumbnails.  

To verify the proper installation of the open graph tags you can check your article on the facebook debugger. 

Convert your article into an instagram post.

Ever wanted to share your blog post as a picture on Instagram? You are not alone. Even though Instagram doesn’t let you post clickable article links in your posts however you can still share a picture version of your blog post.

You can take a screenshot of your article but it usually requires more work making sure the sizing and cropping is correct.

However, with Thumbnail.Ai you can generate a catchy thumbnail version of your article you can share to Instagram in just 1 second. Just copy and paste your article link into the generator and you will instantly get a catchy social image.

Once you pick the template you like, you can further customize it in the template editor. When you’re done, click download and the HD image will be downloaded.

Hope this was useful.