The beginner blogger question and answer series continues with a question I receive frequently about where I get the photos I use in my blog posts. Photos are so important in a blog post because they help to visually draw your readers in, and they help to support the “story” you’re posting about on your blog.
What’s the phrase? “A picture’s worth a thousand words?” Well as a beginner blogger myself, I didn’t want my pictures to be worth a thousand bucks. 🙂 So I went on the search for ways to find great photos that wouldn’t break the bank.
The right images will really make a difference for your readers aside from breaking up your text and helping you to tell your story. They can enhance your personal brand as well as boost your blog seo!
Beginner Blogger Branding Tip: Choose Photos that will Enhance Your Personal Brand
My blog is branded toward helping other WAHM and mompreneurs who are building a home based business, so I choose a lot of photos that have images of moms and kids. Emotionally, I believe that they help to connect me to my reader and to bring up the “relationship” hot buttons that my readers and I share.
Knowing what how you are branding yourself is a critical step for every beginner blogger. If you have a blog that is more technical, sassy, or professional, look for images that are going to flow with and enhance your personal brand.
Beginner Blogger Sources for Free and Budget Photos for Your Blog Posts:
- PowerPoint: My first (and favorite) place to look for free blog photos is from the clip art that comes with my Power Point program. I love this resource because it’s free and many of the photos are elegant and beautiful! Sometimes I will combine the photos with text, sometimes I will alter them into black and white instead of colors if the colors of the photos will clash with my blog.
- iStockPhoto: My second favorite place to look for royalty free images and photos is from the website istockphoto.com. These photos are not free but if you search the istock photo dollar bin, you will be able to search their least expensive photos, which is a helpful thing for a beginner blogger on a budget!
- Picnik: If I find a good photo, but it needs to be tweaked or edited, I will use a free photo editor called picnik. This is also a great resource for when you need to shrink the size of a photo, retouch it, etc. (Tip: I use this for profile images and blog headers to re-size my photos to the correct dimensions so they don’t get distorted.)
Other Photo Tips for the Beginner Blogger:
- Use images to enhance your brand
- Make sure your own photo is on your blog or in your signature of your blog posts
- Make sure your own photo is included in the comments you leave on other blogs as well as your own. (You can do this by setting up an account at gravatar.com.
- Aside from branding, look for photographs that will look good on your blog and compliment your color scheme
- Look for photos that will tell a story or evoke a feeling in your reader
- Recolor free stock images if the image is great but it will clash with your blog
- Use photos to evoke curiosity for your blog reader
- Use photos to enhance your on page blog SEO by adding an ALT tag that includes your keyword to every photo you use in your blog post
- If you want to use photos in your related searches, install the link within widget
I hope you’ll let me know what other beginner blogger questions you have in the back of your mind so I can help you find the answers and solutions to them in this q and a series! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this post and if you’re using photos on your bog where you are finding them.
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