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 fits into your blog post and all it is about. In here, we will be concerned with using not just the right or awesome but SEO friendly pictures for your next blog post.
What to Consider While Choosing Blog Post Images For Your Next Article?
Before you set out hunting for blog post images for your next article, the following should be considered at all cost.
- What your blog post is all about.
- How great is the picture Quality?
- Is it Search Engine Friendly?
- The message the image passes across to your readers.
- Can it be a selling point for your blog post?
- How does it beautify your blog 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 image, let’s go over The first three a little further, learning one step at a time.
What is Your Blog Post is 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 will 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 to what you’ve written, thus adds no meaning to your blog post, then 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 image.
Generally, your picture should not go below excellent but while you settle for less than excellent, avoid low quality pictures. 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 Personalised Photographer
If you have a great camera or a smartphone with a nice camera, then you should take your own pictures (they are cheaper and unique). Beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers with the requirements of a personal and self made pictures enjoy creating 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 personalised pictures as your blog post images is the uniqueness attached to such photos, no copyright strike or money spent on buying license, also no duplicates, to mention just a few.
When You Are Not A Good Photographer; Get Images For Your Blog Post 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. (look up on google for more information about stock photo licenses)
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 some big trouble, you can use the various websites like shutterstock that provides high equality 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 photo directories. Some of these free photo directories require credits, 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 free photo directories are of great quality and there are definitely varieties of pictures 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 released every 10 days. Released under the CCO license.
- kaboompics – This is just another free findings… The pictures are top notch and amazing… They are chic and professional as well.
You should also check out this post listing of free photo directories with great pictures.
How To Personalize Photos Gotten From Free Photo Directories
Sorry to burst your bubble, pictures gotten from free photo directories are widely used by different people. I know, this can be a turn off, but you can manage this by editing and designing these pictures so they can be personalized to give it a unique feel.
You can also edit pictures you’ve taken personally or bought exclusively, so they get beautified and colourful.
Design Blog Post Images Using Canva
Canva is a very 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 hat makes it extremely easy to create images. These images can be reshapened into any size and dimension.
I use canva in designing my blog post images most times, and recently I’m attempting to stick to a template.
Canva currently have Android / IOS applications, but I’d suggest the online tool because it is much more loaded with features and it isn’t as limited.
Design/Edit Desired Blog Post 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 personalised picture. Your smartphone can do a great job in editing pictures taken, bought or gotten 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.
This was and is still my best! I have in fact written an article on how to create a banner with PicsArt, it is a fun post, and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two from it. I use 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 being simple.
Get PicsArt On PlayStore
This application is awesome, and super exciting to use. As a newbie, Airbrush has tutorials waiting to guide your step 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. Get AirBrush On PlayStore
This application has lots of features that can fine-tune your normal everyday picture to a super professional picture. It has tools 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. Get AfterFocus On PlayStore
When people say pictures are deceiving, I believe anyone would understand that a perfect picture has undergone series of edits. You would not be the first, so get editing.
Grab any or all the android/ios applications listed above and get that perfect blog picture. There are more applications like the above that can help you create a great picture for your blog, but the above listed can help you in getting great blog post images.
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 are that blogger who 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.
According to the pro bloggers, You should rename any image you intend uploading to your blog post with 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 easy for search engines to rank it higher.
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. 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 learn. You don’t need to upload large images to your blog because, it will increase the loading speed of your blog.
I’ve always known that the page load time of a website is an important factor from SEO point of view and its important for your visitors also. Adding large images in a website with an intent of retaining it’s quality will only help in increasing the site’s load time.
I. How To Compress Blog Post Images Before Uploading
You can compress an 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. It’s lightweight and easy to use: Download photo Compressor (Android Users).
II. Compressing 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.
Before uploading an image, Check your content width area. Avoid uploading images that are larger than your content width area.
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 photos and 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’ve made in the past in choosing and using images on your blog and the posts therein. I hope the above was simplified enough to help you in using images on your blog.