Get the picture?

Images are an important means of communication. A single shot can express emotion and tell a story. Images can make or break a blog post, article, website, or blog. A problem is created if no pictures are used or if the pictures used are irrelevant to the topic at hand. Images help break up large amounts, or even small amounts, of text. They keep the reader engaged and make them want to stay to read more. Visual stimulation is important, especially in our digital age. Readers can just as easily find satisfaction elsewhere, so writers must prove why they should spend time on their website or blog. Images are just one way of attracting and maintaining a readership.

So, where’s the best place to find images to complement the material on YOUR blog?

Image Credit: “Paul” by John McNab

  • Google– Google offers an array of images, but sometimes the image  size or quality isn’t as great as that of other sources.
  • Compfight– This is my all-time favorite source for images. Make sure you select the “Creative Commons” option once you insert your search keywords. This will make sure that the images that appear are ones that you can actually copy/paste into your blog and save to your computer. The quality of the photos is high and more often than not, you can find what you’re looking for.
  • Flickr– This is another source for great high quality images. Make sure you select “The Commons” option when you enter your search terms for the same reason as you should with Compfight.
  • Public Domain Pictures
  • Public Domain Photos

No matter what source (or sources) you decide to use to find images to enhance your blog, it is important that you find out what the name of each image is and what the name of the person who posted it is. For example, pictures selected from Compfight have a title below the actual image and off to the right, a source can be seen. I always copy/paste the link to the photo, as well, and place it in the “Link URL” box, as the capture below shows.

I hope this post helped to give you a better idea as to why you should use images in your blog posts and on your blog, as well as how to go about doing so.

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