Most of us know that adding a quality picture on the website or blog can increase its visibility and significantly improve the engagement.
Here are some of the reasons why it is advisable to use images:
- 90% of the information received by the brain is visual.
- It is a key to retain website or blog visitors, do not forget that images needs to be chosen according to article you’re writing.
- The post with photos attracts more readers than those who do not, for example through Google images, you can get traffic for your photos if you use proper title for them, for example (blogging-benefits.jpg) will always be better than (123456.jpg).
- It is desirable that your photos also carry labels, tags which can help you improve SEO.
- It is very important to use copyright free images and avoid possible legal problems in the future. When you’re starting out, we easily forget this small detail that can become expensive in the near future.
Notice that I say “free copyright images” because it is very common to believe that any image circulating on the Internet is likely to be used, such as Flickr.
So beware that although the site where it is hosted does no mention the policies of use or type of license so it does not mean that they can be used for free.
Quote the source – (author of the photography)
And something that does not cost much but most of the people do not follow this practice. While using royalty free images we must be grateful that we get free photographs so we should at least put a link to thank the page by naming the source, it costs little work.
Where can we add the mention?
- In the caption.
- At the bottom of the post.
If you work with WordPress you can edit the photo and fill in the “ALT”.
You can do this in many ways, I usually use the post foot, putting Photo BY + Nick or name of the author or page from where I obtained the image.
This is how we should use free images.
Here is a selection of websites where you can find copyright free images.
Here is the last website in the list that can let you download free copyright images. It is sufficient to enter the name in the search box on the subject or object you need photography and then click on any of the options provided to us.
Know some other resources where we can find some more high quality free images? Share it across in the comment box!