Courtesy of Corina Mackay
1. Find images you can use
If you’re looking for images online, it’s imperative to check licensing restrictions. If you don’t want to pay for licensing, try searching for creative commons-licensed images. You can find these on the Creative Commons website, Pixabay or Flickr’s creative common search.
Check the license on any images you use, because there are several types of Creative Commons licenses. Ensure that you always include credit for the images you use and adhere to any other license restrictions like not editing the image.
2. Choose high quality images
When choosing images to use on your blog, always give preference to those that are high quality. These will not only look better, but generally give you more options when it comes to resizing and editing.
3. Avoid stock images
When possible, using a unique image will give your blog an edge over those that stick to stock images.
Standard images are often found on multiple blogs which probably won’t impress your readers. They also don’t show much personality or lead the reader to an idea of what your post is about.
4. Edit thoughtfully
When you choose images for your blog, think about the editing you will need to do. Do you need to create a thumbnail or shrink the image to fit your blog’s format? Do you need it to be a certain height or width to fit your blog’s theme correctly?
When editing images, you want to preserve the original as much as you can. Choosing an image size that’s close to what you need will save you from needing to crop or resize. If the license allows it, you can also change an image by adding a border or text overlay.
What do you find the biggest challenge in finding great images to use on your blog? Is it something we’ve covered here, or something else entirely? Leave a comment and let us know.
Corina is a freelance social media manager and writer.
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