I cannot stress enough how important it is to include an image in your blog posts. You know the saying – an image is worth 1000 words. Well…sometimes an image is the only thing people are going to look at, or remember, when they are reading your blog. Your image – or lack thereof – can be the reason someone reads your blog post or clicks away. Here are some tips for using images in a blog post.
1. If you don’t have an original image, get a free one online. You can download free images for your blog at the following site:
If you use someone else’s image, be sure to credit it properly! You can find more info about crediting your images here.
2. Whenever possible, use an original image. People like looking at pictures…if you can use your own photos, it will help keep your blog unique (sometimes, you can’t use your own image – or, you might not have one, and that’s okay…but if you do? Use it).
3. If you don’t have a picture to use, or if you don’t want to use a stock photo, make your own! I made the image for this post on Picmonkey. You can also use iPiccy…both sites are free, and easy to learn…and help you create one-of-a-kind images for your site.
4. Make sure your photos are bright and clear. Dark, blurry photos do not translate well online. You can use Picmonkey or iPiccy to make general edits (play with the exposure to lighten up a dark photo) to your photos. You can also add fun effects and text to really make your pictures stand out.
5. Use “pinnable” images. I created an image for this post that tells what the post is all about, and is cute, too – this is the kind of stuff people like to pin. It’s helpful, it looks cute on their boards, and it has a clear point. For 90% of the posts I write, I try to include a pinnable image – and for the posts I don’t plan on people pinning (personal posts, for example), I *still* try to use an image that will get attention (for example, this post was actually inspired by the colorful pictures I took one late summer evening).
What tips or questions do you have about using images in your blog posts?