Why Your Blog Needs Photos

What Kind of Images Do I Need?

  • You can use  a photo that expresses what you’re talking about in the post. For example, if your post is about a travel destination, include an image from that city.
  • If you’re talking about a website or software program, you can use a screen shot to illustrate the benefits.
  • Infographics are also visual elements that attract blog readers. Make sure to attribute the designer.
  • Clip art and graphic design elements can enhance your post as well. Use them to express concepts, like networking.
Where to Find Images
The key in using photos and images for your blog is finding photos that are free to use. That doesn’t include just any image you find online! Look for what’s called “creative commons,” which means the owner of the photograph doesn’t mind if you use it. There are plenty of websites where you can find free photos you can use, including:

There are regulations that require you to attribute any photo you use, including creative commons. Pick a format like this and make sure to link to the source where you found the photo:

Photo: Kolobsek on stock.xchng

What to Look For

Images for your blog should be clear and professional looking. The sites with stock images tend to have cleaner backgrounds and more appealing subjects. Avoid using images with children, as any photo you use should have the permission of the subject, and some people post photos of their kids, unaware that they could be used on a blog.

Images of objects can help you portray what you’re trying to get across in a post, so find interesting ways to express yourself!

Photo: Kolobsek on stock.xchng

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