The images you choose are a very important part of your success, so I am going to provide you free to use images for blogs. The more resources you have the more choices of high-quality photographs, and I have some that I have been using for years to share with you.
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Using Images For Success
People are naturally more focused on your articles when you break your content with interesting images. You want to be sure they are relevant to your topic and your niche, so it is time to learn how to use them effectively.
- Engaged content
- More readers
- Sales will increase dramatically
- Keeps your visitors on your website longer
- Newsletter signups
- Article notification signups
- Bookmark your website
The first thing we need to do is find free images that we can use, you never want to use any that are not free to use for commercial use. Avoid using Google images and from other websites. It is better to be safe than sorry, so let us continue learning.
Website Image Resources
We are going to get right into where to get your free images for your blog, so without wasting your time here are my favorites.
I tend to use Pixabay more than the others, and that is because I can find images that are more relevant to my posts. You can check them all out, I do sometimes prefer Burst.Shopify because the images really do pop off the page. These are more generic than Pixabay, but they also are of higher quality.
How To Get Access To The Images?
You will go to your choice of website, and you will type in the search box the image you are searching for. Once you find what you want to use on your blog, you simply download it to your computer.
- Click on the image
- Choose the resolution if available
- Click on the download button
- Save to your computer
Once you do this, you are ready to upload the image to your website as you write your post. You can either insert them as you write your article or after you write your article, and this is up to you.
Uploading Images To Your Website
I imagine most of you reading this already knows how to do this, but for those who might not, I will provide a how-to.
- Click on your add media button or featured product
- Choose either upload from your computer or use from your media editor
Depending on your theme you might be seeing a different appearance than the image above, but the concept will be the same.
Choosing Your Image Settings
You will see the following image settings in your media editor after uploading, and the following below will be what you will need to set before inserting it into your article.
- Alt Tag
You really only need to be concerned with your title and your alt tags for SEO, but you have the option of using the others if you desire to.
You basically can choose where you wish your image to be located, you can choose left, center, right, or none. This really depends on what you like, but I usually just leave mine set at either none or center. That is just what I like, but many people like to stagger their images, so you might want your first image to be at the right which is very popular.
The alt tag you want to type in your keyword you are trying to rank for, so this is what I do with all my alt tags in all my images
This is optional, but at one time this helped search engines. Now they don’t even consider your description tag, so this is up to you if you want to provide one for your own peace of mind. Some people still feel this helps them rank better, but no one knows for sure?
I also have my keyword in this tag, but again this is just my own preference. Some people use their website title in the title, and some use their keyword.
If you fill this in with text, you will see the text below your image in your article. You can use this if you want to send a message to your readers and also you can add a text link to another page or insert an affiliate link.
Inserting An Affiliate Link To Your Image
If you want to link your image to a page, website, or affiliate link you can do this as well. If you click on your image in your post you can edit your tags, and you will see a place for a text link as well.
Open In A New Page
If you insert any links you always want them to open in a new tab or page, you never want to take your readers off your website. If you do, you will find very few are going to return to finish reading your article and this could cost you sales.
Website Image Tips For Bloggers
I do have some tips that you might want to consider using, so that will be up to you. These are just how I use my images, and how I feel they benefit my articles to be more interesting plus search engine friendly.
- Break up large paragraphs by inserting images will make your article more interesting, but even more importantly easier for your readers.
- I always am picky about the images I choose, you always want clear high-quality images that are relevant to what your article is about.
- You always want to be absolutely sure you are using legal images for commercial use, I never use any images that are not free to use on my blogs
- Be sure to always put your keyword in the alt tag of your images
- Use screenshots instead of images is another option
Screenshots are what you will usually see in many of my posts, you will find these are most often used in how-to-do articles with step-by-step tutorials.
Free Screenshot Tools
I have included a list of free tools for doing screenshots, so you don’t need to pay for any tools that will capture screenshots online.
Now you have your own free screenshot tools, and this will make capturing screenshots so much quicker for you.
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