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A simple but effective way to improve your blog posts is to add images. This tactic will add a couple minutes to your publishing time but the rewards are definitely worth it.
Images do several beneficial things.
They invite the reader to keep reading. This is very important because internet visitors have short attention spans. Your images will capture their attention quickly and arouse curiosity (“Why did they use that image?”).
They differentiate your blog since most blogs don’t have images. By inserting relevant pictures, your blog will be more memorable than the other blogs in your industry.
They fit the wants of a visual generation. With TV and internet video, our generation is the most visual generation ever. We’re used to interpreting the world through video and images. I’ve already talked about adding video to your blog, but if you don’t have time to produce videos, images are the next best thing.
They add to the reading experience. Think about your favorite magazine. What would happen if all the pictures in the magazine were removed? It would make reading the magazine less enjoyable. Even books today have more pictures than earlier books.
Where to Get Images
Here are my favorite places to find images.
Find free images at Flickr.com with the Creative Commons license. Now you can’t legally use the images with the Noncommercial license but the other licenses are fair game. Just make sure not to modify the photos with the No Derivative Works license. You can resize them but don’t crop them. And finally, satisfy the requirements of the Attribution license my linking back to the Flickr username.
This site is one of the most popular free stock photo sites. It has many pictures to choose from. I’ve found that most of the images are under the site’s standard restrictions. Fortunately, these restrictions are not stringent. They allow you to use the image on commercial sites. You do have to comment on the image and let the photographer know where you used their image.
Changing My Ways
If you’ve been following this blog, you may have realized that I don’t have images on most of the posts. That’s going to change. I’ve started adding images on blogs I write for. I just forgot about this one!