Today I’m going to show you how to source great images for your blog.
The reason I’m doing this is because some people are making some crazy mistakes and also using terrible images, and they wonder why no one is attracted to their blog.
Images can really attract people to your blog posts via social media.
Basically it can sometimes means whether a tonne of people click on it, compared to it not catching people’s eye and them just scrolling right on by.
Today I’m going to specifically give you some tips on what images you need to use for your blog posts … and where you can source those (if you’re not using some of your own).
So, one of the big no-no’s that I STILL see people doing is … taking (aka stealing) images from Google and posting them on their blog. Worse still, they don’t even attribute the owner of the image (and no, typing “Google” doesn’t count).
Years ago when blogs were just becoming popular, this was almost accepted because everyone was doing it, but then photographers got cranky. They started going on a rampage and fining everyone THOUSANDS of dollars for using their copyrighted images. Some people tried to fight it and lost – I mean, rightly so, you can’t just steal someone’s creative work. And these days these companies have very clever software that can find people using their images from alllll around the world.
OK, no we’ve gotten that out of the way. What images CAN we use on your blog?
You probably noticed on my blog I just use a lot of images of myself 🙂
Why do you think that is?
No, I don’t love myself – LOL!
This is strategic.
Firstly, the images of myself are always my own – simple. No one can ever accuse me of stealing their images.
Secondly, it’s easy to create an image at the same time I create my videos.
And thirdly, it’s because I am a personal brand. The more my face is visible and recognisable, the better for my brand.
But not everyone wants to use images of themselves, so here’s a few places you can go to source great images for your blog:
- www.Pixabay.com – this is a website with free images. It also is connected with an advertiser that sells images too, but the main search function is just for freebie images.
- www.Canva.com is image creation online software, where you can create lots of different types of images yourself – included is a library of stock images you can use in your image creation. Some are free and others are $1.
- www.PicMonkey.com – Another image software creator which has more features than Canva in terms of graphic design, but I would say in my experience Canva is simpler to use. www.Fiverr.com – If you’re not creative, son’t have time or just couldn’t be bothered messing around with image creation software, just pay someone to create blog post images for you on Fiverr for $5.
- There’s also these other communities called “marketplaces” where they have a tone of beautiful background designs and graphics you can use for your blog.Most will also give you some free downloads each week, which are usually pretty nice. Two I have found that I like are www.CreativeMarket.com and www.HauteChocolate.ca – they also have monthly memberships you can upgrade to.
I hope you found these helpful and if you have any great sources for blog images that you’d like to share, please let me know, I’m always on the look-out for great images to use.
Tracey Rose xx
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