Tips for Finding High Quality Stock Images on the Internet
When you want to create a successful blog post, one that is visually rich and appealing to your readership, every successful blog post requires visually appealing and appropriate images. Beautiful images can attract a lot of readers to your website, make them feel comfortable with your blog, reduce the bounce rate of your site, and improve the overall look of your blog. Here are some useful tips on how you can start using images for your website easily.
Use images legally
It is essential to know that not all images available on the Internet are copyright free. Therefore, you need to be careful when you want to start using your favorite photos for your website downloaded over the Internet. Most images are copyrighted, so you cannot use these images without permission. If you don’t want to deal with any legal issues in the future, you need to find the best pictures that are free from any copyrights. Watermarks are one of the most apparent characteristics of copyrighted images. But even without watermarks, most images are copyrighted, and international copyright laws prohibit usage or reproduction. The penalty, if caught, could be up to $10,000 per picture. But fear not, there are millions of images that are free for commercial and non-commercial use.
Find the right place to get your favorite images
There are a lot of image sharing sites that are available today. You can visit some of them to find the best images for your blog. You can visit several places, for example, Flickr, Free Images, and many other reputable sites. I have a great list of 25 Free Stock Image sites that can off free legal images for your blog.
Low-Cost Professional Stock Images
Many sites provide free stock images, as I already mentioned my list of 25 Free Stock Image sites is a great place to start. But as in most things in life, you get what you pay for, and the images available for free are not of sufficient quality, or the message is not appropriate for your blog.
You want your blog to jump out and attract readers and portray the right image. There is no better way then to add Professional Stock Images. But the problem is the very high prices. As some of you know, my stock image collection is one of the largest in the world. Last I checked my stock image photo and clipart collection on Shutterstock ranked in the top 100 contributors worldwide. You can now buy these stock image sets in my store for significantly discounted prices.
Put an engaging image at the top of your post
It will help if you understood that image location plays an essential role in your blog. To achieve maximum benefits from your image(s), you need to place it near the top of your post. Most readers feel comfortable when they can see a striking photograph or clipart image on the top of their favorite posts, and it also adds SEO benefit to rank higher in Google.
Rename all images before uploading them
To rank higher in Google’s search results, I recommended that you include keywords for your image names. For example, avoid using any number on the file name like IMG_0045, which means nothing to the Google search algorithm. Instead, rename it to something appropriate that tells the search engine about the blog post. In this blog post, the file name is find-blog-images.jpg
Re-size your images when it is necessary
Keep your image size as small as possible. Large file sizes increase page load time, but in turn, increases the bounce rate. The bounce rate is where a web surfer clicks a link and immediately hits the back button. Google monitors this bounce rate as an indication of poor quality content. There are many ways and plug-ins to reduce the size of your image.
You can re-size your images before you upload them to your blog. Some online apps allow you to re-size any photos quickly. PicMonkey is one of the most popular online photo editor apps today. This app is available for all users for free.
Add additional details to your images
I also recommended that you add some extra information to your image. ALT tag is one of the most important things that you have to consider. It is a text description of your image. Some experts recommend you to use your targeted keyword as the ALT tag name. In this blog post, I added ‘Where to Find Images for Blog’ to the ALT text section.
Also, don’t forget to add a caption to your photos. This caption is very useful to make your readers feel comfortable reading your blog. On the Dan Kosmayer blog, I typically add my copyright information and the date of the image creation date to my caption.