Building a blog requires a great deal of commitment, and maintaining a blog typically requires a lot of hard work. So wouldn’t you want a service that made the building, and maintaining of your blog easier?
How about a service that keeps your users engaged, and earns you more money while doing so? Sound too good to be true? Recently, I came across a company called Imonomy and found out that the days of dreaming for a perfect solution for online publishers is officially over.
imonomy made its debut last year with a unique solution for bloggers and publishers. When the company’s co-founder were first developing the concept behind imonomy, they knew that they wanted to build and develop a service that would offer dynamic solutions to publishers in one easy-to-use tool.
With their vision in mind, the two founders started out by developing the first ever Visual Semantic Engine.
This one-of-a-kind technology can automatically recognize and understand text from a web page, and insert the most suitable, high-quality image onto the page from the company’s database of copyright free images.
The one-of-a-kind technology has gained a fair amount of fame, and since the founding of imonomy, the company’s co-founder’s have been building on their winner idea.
The Automated Free Image Feature
imonomy has developed the first Visual Semantic Engine, this smart technology is able to read and understand text from a web page and automatically insert a photo from imonomy’s database which is home to millions of copyright-free images.
Not only does this high-powered engine pull the most suitable high-quality image from imonomy’s database, it also finds optimal placement for the image on the web page.
Many publishers tend to be skeptical when they hear the words “automatic placement of images”, but this specific feature does it’s job in style. imonomy’s image creates a graphic balance between the text and the user, and allows publishers an opportunity to interact with their audience on a more visual level.
The Content Enhancing Feature
Imonomy caters to any online publishers in need of images for their web pages. In the current technological era, however, images have become so popular that some websites have designed their entire look using photos rather than text.
As such, imonomy’s second function allows publishers to leverage the existing images on their website to enhance user engagement.
imonomy’s second feature enhances user-engagement with an interactive widget that appears as the user navigates throughout the website. When a user hovers his mouse over an image on the web page, imonomy’s interactive widget will appear and display a selection of related posts from within the website.
The same interactive widget will also slide in from the side as users scroll down the page. This creative feature provides the user with a heightened experience where related articles become easily accessible, and served in a fun-to-use style.
The publisher benefits by allowing his users to get more connected to more of his content, while automatically having internal links created, which is invaluable for SEO.
The In-Image Advertising Feature
As the cherry on top, imonomy gives its publishers a wide array of options to generate new revenue with in-image monetization. How? Well, that same interactive widget that appears dynamically as users hover their mouse over an image, or scroll down the page also offers users content-related ads in between the selection of related posts from within the website.
Because imonomy’s technology is capable of recognizing and understanding the written text from web pages, the advertisements being displayed will are all contextually-based, giving the user more incentive to click, which means the publisher sees more benjamins in the bank.
imonomy focuses on offering a form of in-image advertising that is non-intrusive, so the user never feels threatened or uncomfortable with what is being displayed on the page.
imonomy’s roots were planted in enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a website with images, and as such their in-image advertising feature focuses on generate new profit without undermining the look of the website.
Why Images Matter?
Ok, so imonomy can add free images to a web page, but why is this feature so important? On a website, images play a very significant role. Not only do they serve as the visual cue on the page, they also allow the user to connect on an aesthetic level to the written content.
It’s a fact, images make a web page more inviting, and give users added incentive to stick around awhile longer. To add to that, images help enhance user-engagement. A website that manages to keep its users engaged, and establish a dedicated following is certainly on the right track.
Using imonomy On Your Website
Getting started with imonomy is very simple. On the homepage of the imonomy website there is a “Get Started” button, click it and you will be lead through a short setup process.
Imonomy works with all the popular content management platforms, and the company’s support team is available around the clock to answer questions or hop on Google+, Skype or Email for a quick tutorial.
The steps to integration may vary just a touch depending on what platform you are running your website on, but generally speaking the process is quite quick.
Here are the steps for publishers using WordPress, Blogger, or <HTML/JS>
Blogger: Once you have your new imonomy code, head over to your Blogger Dashboard and click the “Add Gadget” button, from there scroll down the list until you see “HTML/JS” and add your imonomy code. Save the changes you have made, and refresh your website in order to get started.
<HTMTL/JS>: If you are running on a classic, or self-hosted platform, all you need to do is paste the imonomy code above the tag in the HTML template.
imonomy runs on all the popular content management platforms, so for those of you who aren’t running on one of the three previously mentioned platforms check out the integration tutorial sent to me by imonomy’s Support Team.
Since testing out the product I feel I have gotten a very round, overall sense of the service. So, to break it down I thought I would share some final findings. The first and most lasting impression I took away from imonomy was that it is a free service that allows any website publisher to easily start earning new profit, which by my books is a major plug.
Another nifty bonus, is all of the free images imonomy provides come pre-equipped with Alt attributions, titles, and descriptions. This feature is imperative for effective SEO, and it’s a feature that not every publisher knows to look out for.
On the flip side, I will make one comment with regards to a feature, or lack thereof, that I wasn’t overly thrilled with. imonomy allows publishers to instantly start using their service via the “Get Started” button on their website.
While imonomy does allow publishers to customize color, and other dynamic features, these changes are only available after a publisher contacts imonomy and requests the changes.
Once you get in contact with imonomy’s support team it won’t be long before any necessary changes are made, but I do think it would be nice if they offered some more customization options in the sign-up section.
After giving imonomy a proper review, I must say I am quite impressed with my findings. I have been hard pressed to find a service that automatically adds images to my pages, enhances the user experience on my site, and increases revenues, but imonomy manages to do it all in style.
Today’s blogger has to juggle many balls at once, and I would certainly recommend imonomy to anyone who wants to make their online life just a little bit easier.
Although I have Great Experienced with Imonomy, I would really love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried Imonomy yet on your website?