Every blog post you put on your website needs to have an image with it. This may act as the thumbnail for the post on a list of articles, or it may just add visual appeal to your writing. Whatever the case may be, it is important to learn how to find images for your blog posts so you can make your articles as engaging as possible. Here is a brief guide explaining your options.
License Free Images
If you don’t want to pay for pictures on your blog, try using license-free images from the internet. These are pictures that people have already given you and other users permission to use. There are several places to find these, but two of the most popular ones are Flickr and Google.
Look for the option that says “Search tools” in the top menu. Click on that to pull up filters for your search results.
Click the dropdown menu for “Usage rights” and select whatever option best suits your needs. I usually choose “Labeled for reuse” or “Labeled for reuse with modification.”
Look through the images and download the ones you like.
License free images are great for certain kinds of content, but they may not always suit your needs. In this case, you may need to pay for stock photos instead. Some great stock image sites online include:
Check out these sites and others to see which one offers the best selection of photos for you. Note that they all have different pricing structures, so you will need to select the one that best fits your budget at this time. Paying for stock photos may eat away at your profits a bit, but you won’t spend much more than a couple bucks a photo to get a great image for your blog posts.
Christopher Bower is a Member and Marketing Director of Detroit Internet Marketing, LLC and brings over 20 years' experience in marketing and online marketing. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Marketing, and has been involved in both national and local marketing in Chicago, South Florida and Michigan.