How to Choose Brilliant Images for Your Blog Posts

A guest post by James Adams, editor and contributor to the CreativeCloud blog.

An image - worth thousand words!
We are living in a world that rewards instant gratification; people do not want to take the time to read a book, if the movie is available. In other words, "a picture is worth a thousand words." It should not be difficult to see why illustrations are important when keeping readers interested in your blog posts. Pictures can help readers to follow your writing more easily, breaking up the text so that it doesn't look like one long, tedious piece of work.
Here are some tips on how to choose the best images for your blog posts:

(#1.) Relevance - blog posts are generally there to persuade readers to show interest in a certain topic, product, or service. Adding pictures to help illustrate those concepts can only help, but don't go overboard. Shy away from adding pictures for the sake of adding pictures. Make sure that you are putting up illustrations that are going to add to the relevance of your text, not take away from it. It is easy to add too much, so try to keep it straight forward and to the point, just like the text.

(#2.) Copyrights - always remember that not all images are available for your use. There are copyrights for images that are on the internet as well as copyrights for images that are in print. If you want to avoid any problems that you might encounter with copyrighted materials, use your own images. Go looking for images that give relevance to your post and take the pictures yourself. If that doesn't seem like a viable option for you, there are public image sites that you can locate off of any search engine. Most search engines will provide you with an image option; type in the object or term that you are looking for and browse through the hundreds of images that are available to use without objection. If you find an image on another blog or site that you would like to use, remember to be courteous. It is polite to send a short email or contact the owner of the site asking for permission to use the image.

(#3.) Editing - it is important to do minor (and sometimes major) editing on your images before just sticking them up on your blog. It is more than aggravating to have to wait an eternity for a page to load because the file is too large. In fact, in this "instant gratification" world, no one waits for a page to load for very long without just moving along. If you have a file to add that is of larger size, put a thumbnail up on the page. If users want to wait to view the full photo, they have that option. If not, it doesn't create problems when loading. When finalising photos or images for your blog post, keep clarity in mind. A clean and crisp image gets the point across a lot better than an unclear one. Photoshop is a great tool to use before putting pictures up on your blog; you can add or subtract from an image as needed, and sometimes it is needed.

(#4.) Avoid - there are some things that you should try and avoid when choosing images for your blog post. For instance, animations are great and can potentially add just the right ingredient to your post, but it is important to think about internet connections. Some people don't have the fastest connections, and you don't want to alienate parts of your audience. It is also a good idea to stay away from background images; they can slow the process of loading your page down to snail pace. Account for those readers who may want to print your post without the background attached.

(#5.) Include - there are images that are better to use than others and should be highly considered. You want to make sure that you are using unique illustrations. If people have seen the image a thousand times, it loses its weight. People associate certain objects with a product or service and you want your readers to associate illustrations with your work. Include pictures that capture the essence of what you are trying to relay to your readers, it doesn't have to be completely literal. Capitalise on reader satisfaction by using photos that mean something to them; use pictures of people, kids, animals. Everyone likes to laugh, so adding a humorous image is a tool that will keep readers returning to your page. This is your chance to shine, to set yourself apart from similar blogs or from those that are selling the same product or service. Images can very easily turn into a mascot for a particular product, site or service. Mascots can be very beneficial to a business and finding a good one starts with searching through images that are relevant to your end goals.

Image credits: The Thinking Blog

James Adams normally reviews consumables for Canon printers at the UK's biggest online supplier of printer cartridges, Cartridge Save.

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February 05, 2011 12:49 AM delete

Thanks for this post, Divya. You have a huge list of image sites. :)

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February 05, 2011 4:49 PM delete

I'm a new blogger and recently got caught out because I hadn't correctly acknowledged my use of a photo, so thanks, this is a useful post that i will bookmark and keep referring back to.

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February 06, 2011 1:02 AM delete

Yeah, it is really very important to give credits to the site while using their images (and also, if you are using any textual content). If you want to use images without copyrights, then check out the link to public domain images (public image sites) in the post above.

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February 07, 2011 3:32 AM delete

Well, relevancy is the best thing you should care.

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February 08, 2011 6:16 AM delete

it's a great post. Well can u help me how to insert smiley's in blogger comments. I know how to keep it in comments but i don't no how to insert them while commenting.-Paul Santosh

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February 28, 2011 11:45 AM delete

Dunno where to post this but

I think you need to re-upload your template images and no new posts? :)

-Ro Guides

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May 14, 2011 2:51 PM delete

Its true images in the post play major role.

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August 11, 2011 4:06 AM delete

Gotta to try and implement this on my blog. This was actually insightful post, different but insightful.

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August 19, 2011 5:53 AM delete

I’m using blogger and havent modfied the theme other than using one of the preset themes… is there another piece of code I should look for to place the retweet code?

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August 22, 2011 5:56 AM delete

One good way of finding the images that will make your readers happy is to go through a lot of photos. When a certain image grabs your attention completely, you have probably found a potential snapshot for your blog post.

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September 27, 2011 5:01 AM delete

yeah, Images really attract the readers, thanks for the good insight here.

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September 29, 2011 4:55 PM delete

Great, this is an impressive article, There are lot of tools software that will edit the quality of images. from low quality to high quality.

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September 29, 2011 5:01 PM delete

Yeah, definitely, Its like reading an article that purely text or with out images are boring to read.

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October 03, 2011 9:58 PM delete

If you put an alt tags on your images code, search engine will easily crawl it, making it searchable.

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