Once you have a solid topic to blog about, you begin the task of writing incredible content on that topic. If you’re like me, then your process includes writing everything first and then going back and editing/adding images (See tip #6 in 9 Sure Fire Ways To Write A Blog Post Fast).
There are so many images out there, but the problem is that they often have copyrights on them….fear not though, you’ve found the right place! There are resources out there that will not cost you one single penny, I’m excited to share with you how to get free images for a blog post.
You might be thinking…
- Now that I have so many images to choose from, what should I do with them?
- What is the most effective way to use them to bring my blog post to life?
These are commonly asked questions that many bloggers struggle with. When done correctly, images can really make your content shine the way you deserve it to. My goal in this post is to show you where to get images for free and to also share my techniques to customizing and using them to make your post shine!
How to get free images
Before I get into showing you where to get free images from, it’s important for me to explain that most images you find in your searches do have copyrights on them. That means that the artist who made the image actually owns it and he/she has not authorized anyone to use it without paying a royalty to them. Be careful about the images that you use because the artist does have the right to take legal action against you if you use their work without paying for it.
Thankfully, not all artists have that restriction….some don’t care if you use their images or not. Here’s where you can find these images:
One of the best places to go and search for images is Pixabay As soon as you go there, you will instantly know that you are at the right place!
If that doesn’t clearly state it, then I don’t know what will! If you’re still not convinced, perhaps the text right below the banner will make you feel better:
“All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications.”
Pixabay is basically a search engine for free images! You’ll be able to download the image in different sizes, depending on the quality of the orginally uploaded version. It couldn’t be more simple! Also, I recommend signing up for a free account with Pixabay, it will make your experience there much better.
By the way, I wanted to also point out that you will see ads for paid stock photos in your search results. Yes it is a little annoying but that’s how Pixabay funds itself so as to provide all of the great free images to everyone.
I’m sure that many people have done a Google Image search just to find that all of the results have some sort of watermark on them. Did you know that there is a handy filter that will allow you to only get back the royalty free images?
Follow these simple steps to learn how:
1) Go to Google Images and type in your search criteria
2) Click on Tools
3) Click on Usage rights
4) Select the usage right option that you want…I usually use “Labeled for reuse” or “Labeled for reuse with modification”
You can now use the power of Google to get back royalty free images that you can use on your website and in your posts!
Now that we know how to get awesome and high quality images for free, lets talk about what you MUST be doing with them…
How to edit using Windows Paint or Microsoft word
Sometimes Lady Luck will be on your side and you’ll find that PERFECT image that matches exactly to what you were envisioning. It’s much more common to find an image that is pretty good, and it’s your job to make it GREAT!
Luckily you have the tools you need right at your fingertips, you probably just don’t know it!
You might be wondering what the difference is between the two. I basically break it down like this: Paint is really good for some basic things such as cropping, adding basic text, and changing colors while Word is good for more advanced things like changing saturation, giving a frame, adding fancier text, and so forth. To sum it up, for basic editing use Paint and for more advanced editing use Word.
A common question I get is “Why do you like Paint and Word so much? There are more advanced tools out there that can do more than these.”
The answer to this very good question is that I like Word and Paint because of their SIMPLICITY! I don’t need some fancy schmancy program that will take me endless hours to figure out how to use when I can use these programs and get the results I need. We’re not trying to be graphic artists, we’re busy bloggers just trying to enhance some images for our posts….keep it simple so you can get back to writing awesome content!
Having said that, lets learn about what we can do with Paint and with Word:
Social media image preview
Bloggers of any skill level love to share their posts on social media…it’s one of the first steps taken once a post gets published!
Have you ever noticed that sometimes the link preview shows a “standard image” such as a grey silhouette. That is something that should be avoided at all costs, it definitely won’t help entice someone to click on that post!
We have spent so much time finding and editing the right image, lets make sure that it shows! After all, the image that displays in the social media post is the reader’s first impression…so lets make it an AWESOME one!
Once your post is complete and ready to publish, be sure that you take the following steps:
- Set the feature image by clicking “Set featured image” in the “Feature Image” box on the right sidebar of your WordPress editor.
- Go to the “Social Settings” within your SEO plugin and find the “Image” option.
- Select the image from within your post that you would like to use in all of your social media posts.
If you want to use an image that is not in the post itself, you would add the image to the “Custom Image” option.
Also, the standard image size for social media posts is 800×800 so be sure to format your image size accordingly….you can use either Paint or Word to accomplish this.
A very underutilized method of conveying some great information is by using an Infographic. In case you are unfamiliar, an infographic is a visual representation of a topic. They often times use charts, graphs, and arrows to help someone understand something more clearly.
Humans tend to be visual by nature and infographis are incredibly appealing visually and so they help a person grasp a concept better than reading words.
Another great benefit of infographics, for us bloggers at least (wink wink), is that the reader will tend to stay on a page longer to fully digest the infographic…and we all know what longer page times do for our rankings!
This post is about images and where to get them for FREE….so why should infographics be any different?!? Head on over to Visual.ly and get those infographics into your posts!
I’m going to take my own advice and show you an example of an infographic related to this post…so here’s some great information on, what else….IMAGES!