I get it, you’ve written an amazing article that makes you wonder why you’ve never noticed how much of a great writer you are. But then, there’s a tiny issue; you do not know how to complement your article with the perfect blog post images before you let the world have a feel of its awesomeness.
When writing a blog post, two things matters; your words in use and the images in use. There are ways to get great pictures that fit into your blog post and all it is about. In here, we will be concerned with using the best SEO friendly pictures for your next blog post.
What to Consider While Choosing Blog Post Images
Before you set out hunting for blog post images, you should consider the following at all cost.
- What your blog post is all about.
- How great is the picture’s quality?
- Is it Search Engine Friendly?
- What message does the image pass across to your readers?
- Can it be a selling point for your blog post?
- How does it beautify your post? (Though, it’s not always about beauty but quality. In other news, an image of great quality should be beautiful.)
Having sketched out a few things to consider before picking the right blog post images, let’s go over The first three a little further, learning one step at a time.
What is Your Blog Post All About?
While writing a blog post, you should always go for images that correlate with what you are writing about. I wouldn’t expect to read an article about law and order then get presented with the picture of a lady on a wedding dress. Definitely, that would be way out of point and overly, such picture is useless to your blog post.
It’s better to leave a post empty than add images or pictures that do not pass tangible messages across or add meaning to an article.
If you’ve added a good image to your post that doesn’t correlate with what you’ve written, that picture is in the wrong place!
How Great Is The Picture Quality?
Like I said earlier, beautiful blog post images should definitely be of great quality. Therefore, while you take pictures or scout for images, make sure to take the best shot, or choose the best picture.
Generally, your picture should not go below excellent but while you settle for less than excellent, avoid low quality photos. A bad photo can go a long way in ruining your amazing blog post. So be choosy and selective.
How to Get Blog Post Images of Great Quality
Become A Personal Photographer
If you have a great camera or a smartphone, then you should take your own pictures (they are cheaper and unique). Beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers enjoy taking personal pictures which are often really good.
There are tons of blogs that use pictures they’ve taken personally on their blog posts. One good thing about using your own pictures as your post images is the uniqueness attached to such photos, no copyright strike, no need to buy licenses, also no duplicates, to mention just a few.
When You Are Not A Good Photographer; Get Images Online
Bloggers who are not great photographers end up looking for one of these three licenses to choose from: Royalty Free, Creative Common and Public Domain. Each of the licenses above have their own restrictions and conditions: Royalty free images for examples, are acquired with a little fee and are not entirely the buyer’s once bought. Read more about stock photo license types.
For your safety, I would advise that you stay away from using Google when searching for images. Reason being that most images displayed on Google Image Search results are protected by copyright and you might get into some big trouble for using such images.
Where To Get Blog Post Images Online
Instead of getting into copyright trouble, you can use the various websites like shutterstock that provides high quality and professional stock images for a price or sites like pixabay that offer images for free.
Getting Blog Post Images From Free Photo Directories
There are lots free photo directories on the internet housing tons of high quality images and pictures.
If you are on budget, then you can opt in for free photos. Some of these free photo directories require that you give credits to the photographer or site, while others do not. Pixabay and kaboompics is my best pick when it comes to free photo directories with no attribution needed.
Not to worry about the “Free” tag, the pictures on these websites are of great quality and you have choices that fit into different blogging niches.
Some Free Photo Directories
- Pixabay- Is a huge database of public domain images which you can download, edit and use without giving credits. 100% free to use for personal and commercial purposes.
- Pexels– Similar to pixabay, pexels is a searchable database of CCO images.
- Unsplash– A directory of high quality photos with new additions in every 10 days. this platfrom uses CCO license.
- kaboompics – The pictures are top notch and amazing. They are chic and professional as well.
You can find more of these high quality free photo directories.
How To Personalize Photos Gotten From Free Photo Directories
Sorry to burst your bubble, pictures you download from the likes of Pixabay are widely used by different people. You may not think this as a big deal, but it’s advisable you edit and redesign these pictures so they can be personalized to give them a unique feel.
Design/Edit Images Using Photo Editing Applications
Before we go further, may I remind you that you do not need to have a laptop or Photoshop in order to design, edit or get an outstanding and unique picture. Your smartphone can do a great job in editing pictures taken, bought or downloaded for free; as there are lots of top-notch applications to help you design amazing pictures.
Some Android Application For Editing Pictures to an almost perfect state;
Canva is a great online tool which even non-designers can use to create custom images. There are lots of pre-made templates and cool fonts. Editing pictures on Canva starts with a simple drag and drop feature that makes it extremely easy to use. These images can be reshaped into any size.
I use canva to design my blog post images and recently, I’m attempting to stick to a template.
Canva currently has Android / IOS applications, but I’d suggest the web tool because it is much more loaded with features and it isn’t as limited.
This was my favourite before canva took over! I have in fact written an article on how to create banners with PicsArt, it is a fun post, and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two from it. I used PicsArt for virtually anything photo editing, and it might interest you to know that the application is loaded with features, that you wouldn’t need to have another photo editing application if you intend going simple.
Get PicsArt On PlayStore
This application is awesome, and super exciting to use. As a newbie, Airbrush has tutorials waiting to guide you in each editing process. Airbrush specializes in giving the end user quick fixes and edits made for the face and skin. It has blemish remover, teeth whitening, eyes brightener, reshaping tools, and plenty of other filters.
This application has lots of tools to fine-tune your normal everyday picture to a super professional picture. It has features that might look difficult to use but very easy when you play around with it for the first time. Snapspeed is 100% free. No ads or in app purchases and this make it even better to use.
Get Snapseed On PlayStore
Slightly different from the rest, yet still very much useful. After focus can give your pictures a DSLR feel. You wouldn’t need to worry about not having a DSLR camera due to finance and the rest. Afterfocus can blur the background of your pictures neatly. You only need to practice for a few seconds or minutes, depending on how fast you learn. It has other little edits to make your DSLR pictures look cool.
When people say pictures are deceiving, I believe anyone would understand that a perfect picture has undergone series of edits. So, get editing!
Grab any or all the android/ios applications listed above and get that perfect blog photo. There are more applications like the above that can help you create a great picture for your blog, but the above listed do just fine.
Is Your Blog post Image SEO Friendly?
I must confess, my blog post images haven’t been doing well, because they have not been optimized for Search Engine in the best way. Like I will always say, “It’s not too late to learn”. So, if you simply download, edit and upload, this is for you. I’ve learnt something new, it’s time for you too.
How To Make Your Blog Post Images SEO Friendly.
1. Give Your Image A SEO Friendly Name
I must confess, I have not been doing this, but there’s always a day to learn! It’s advised that you change the file name of an image before uploading it to your article!
You should always rename any image you intend uploading to your blog post. Give it a name that you wish the image to rank for (it should correlate with the idea behind your post). Choosing a keyword-rich name for your image, will make it easier for search engines to know what it is about.
Here is a great way to name an image before adding it to your blog post:
Do not cluster or use numbers like I did in the past.
2. Blog Post Image Size and Compression
The size of an image matters a lot when you intend uploading it to your site. I have always done this wrong, but the truth is, it’s not too late to fix that. You don’t need to upload large images to your blog because, it will increase its load speed.
I’ve always known that the page load time of a website is an important factor from SEO point of view and it’s important for your visitors also. Adding large images in a website with an intent of retaining its quality will only help in increasing the site’s load time.
I. How To Compress Blog Post Image Size Before Upload
You can compress a blog post image and retain its quality (if that’s your fear). There are lots of file compressors online like tinypng, but I recently came across a good image compressor on Playstore.
II. Compress Already Uploaded Images In Wordpress
You can install and use WP Smush plugin or EWWW image optimizer which allows you to bulk compress existing images in your WordPress blog. Smushing your existing photos can save your blog and decrease its load time.
3. Add SEO Friendly Alt Description
Now that you have gotten the perfect image for your blog post, uploading it will be next in line, and just to remind you;
When you upload an image to your blog do not forget to add an alt description preferably with your focus keyword, because it helps Google know what the image is about. It is a very important SEO factor for images.
It’s easy to add an alt in WordPress, but if you use blogger, you can switch over to html view in your post editor and add an alt. It often looks like this;
“img src=”image.jpg” width=”500″ height=”500″ alt=”perfect blog post image”
Now, get on with uploading your image and adding an Alt to it.
I’m sure you know how important pictures are in a blog post. And I’m also sure that you’ve realized the mistakes you made in the past in choosing and using images on your blog. I hope the above was simplified enough to help you in using images on your blog.