Tips for Building a Shareable Infographic

When designers build an infographic, their main purpose in mind is to get that infographic shared with as many people in as many places on the web as possible. That’s because infographics have value in search engine optimization (or SEO), a hot topic in the web marketing industry currently.

Infographics can be powerful link-bait for designers and their clients, but making a great, shareable piece can be difficult. These are a few tips for creating a graphic readers will want to show their friends, tweet to their followers, and post on their wall.

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Less is More

This rule applies to basically every aspect of design, but it’s especially important in terms of infographics. If your infographic is more difficult to understand than just reading the statistics typed out, then you’re doin’ it wrong. The whole point of data visualization is to make the information easier to digest.

Doin’ it wrong:

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Doin’ it right:

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Put Things in Perspective

The best infographics are the ones that compare distant statistics to numbers that people can relate to. If all your infographic does is put a picture next to a statistic, you’re doin’ it wrong. Infographics should provide more insight than the statistics alone.

Doin’ it wrong:

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Doin’ it right:

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Remember, It’s an InfoGRAPHIC

I see way too many infographics that rely heavily on text to communicate. If you’re infographic looks more like a blog post than a graph, you’re doin’ it wrong. Infographics should use as little text as possible. Remember, it’s a graphic for a reason. Best practice is only to use text as a label or for further explanation, but the more your infographic can stand alone without text, the more effective and refined it will seem to readers.

Doin’ it right:

Shareable infographic 6 Tips for Building a Shareable Infographic

Doin’ it wrong:

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Share it!

If there’s one thing that will stop an infographic from going viral, it’s not sharing it with enough people. Infographics are not going to share themselves, and the people who are likely to share it probably aren’t going to go looking for it. There are dozens of websites where you can post infographics. The more visibility you can get in the beginning, the more success you’re likely to have.

Here are a few ideas of where to share your infographic: your social media profiles (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr), your blog, social link-sharing sites (e.g. Digg, Reddit) or infographic blogs (e.g. Cool Infographics, Visual.ly).

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Just Do It

The most important part of making a successful infographic is just getting started. If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be off to a good start. The more you make, the better you’ll get and the more success you’ll have.

Comments

  1. Brian says

    No disrespect but your internet troll example isn’t meant to be an infographic anyways. you should also remember to use infographics when giving examples of infographics.

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  1. [...] After the story is set up, the design is what will bring the story to life.  The design must be representative of the story and should include fonts, themes, graphics and characters that convey what you want the audience to understand. Finally, the Infograpic must have shareability. This means that it is out on the Internet and on social media websites with the ability to get shared amongst consumers. Infographics are useless if consumers cant find them or if they are not interesting enough to prompt consumers to share. [...]

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