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The Ultimate Guide To Using Images For Your Blog

Why Use Images?

Images are a must for your site, a site without images or graphics is very bland and does not improve the readable of your site. Using images breaks up your text and draws attention to your images in a natural way. You remember the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”?

It is very important to learn how to find and use images for your blog. You may be tempted just to do a search for images you would like to use, then start using them. Unfortunately, they are most likely a copyrighted image.

There are many sites that you can download images from, some you can’t use them on your site, some you can use them as long as you link back to their site or give credit to the author, and others don’t require linking, credit, or attribution.

Below is a list of the best free image websites that are not copyrighted and don’t require attribution:

Pexels Header

From Unsplash.com:

License

“All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

More precisely, Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash. This license does not include the right to compile photos from Unsplash to replicate a similar or competing service.”

To use images on your WordPress site, download the image from the image website, then add it to your Media section on WordPress.

Save it to your Media section using keywords in the Title and Alt Text section of the image. Place the image in your post by clicking the Add Media button, select the image, click on Insert Into Post button.

Select the alignment desired and chose a different size to resize the image. The ideal size for images on social media sites and Pinterest are:

Pinterest:

  • Profile image: 180 x 180 (Pixels Width X Height)
  • Board cover image: 214 x 100
  • Pin preview: 238 pixels wide

Facebook:

  • Cover image: 828 x 315
  • Profile image: 180 x 180
  • Shared image: 1200 x 900

Twitter:

  • Header image: 1500 x 500
  • Profile image: 400 x 400
  • Timeline image: 506 x 253

Instagram:

  • Profile image: 110 x 110
  • Image thumbnail: 161 x 161
  • Shared images: 1080 x 1080

Action Steps:

  1. Go to the above image website
  2. Download an image to WordPress
  3. Add the title and Alt tag
  4. Pin the image to Pinterest
  5. Add the image to Facebook and Twitter

 

 

 

 

Canva

Canva – The Best Free (or paid) Graphics Site

Canva is a free graphics design site. If you are looking to create pins for your Pinterest account, creating your own logo, infographics, cheat sheets, worksheets, checklist, ebook covers, Canva is the place to create all of these at no cost to you.

Many people just starting out with their online business can’t afford to pay for every graphic they place on their blog or website. Canva is your no cost alternative, and they have made it easy to create all types of professional looking graphics for your blog or for your social media accounts.

No Maximum Download Limits

This is a very user friendly site, and unlike Stencil, there aren’t any maximum download limits per month.Canva

Creating pins for your blog and Pinterest account is a very quick process, and it has to be, you can’t spend hours creating graphics using software that takes you a long time to master. With its point and click method, creating pins and other graphics is a speedy task.

You can use their existing pin template or input your own custom dimensions for your pin. They also include the following ready made templates:

  • eBook Covers
  • Twitter Post
  • Facebook Post
  • Instagram Post
  • Infographic
  • Blog Title
  • Marketing Materials
  • Social Media & Email Headers
  • Events
  • and much much more

First your will choose a layout for your graphic, which is fully customizable.  Next, choose an element to add, such as a photo, shapes, lines, or frames. Then you will add the text, selecting the type of font  color, and the size of the font.Canva Layouts

Some of the ways you can customize your font is by selecting the type, size, color, bold, alignment, spacing, transparency, and more.

Canva Fonts

The final step is adding your choice of background color and design:

Canva Background

You can also update your own images, or just drag them from your desktop. A great place to find free images that are royalty free and don’t require attribution is at Pixabay or Pexels.

They have over 1,000,000 images to select from. Find the perfect image by sorting by:

  • Media Type
  • Orientation
  • Category
  • Size
  • Color

Now that you have a good understanding how to make great graphics, it is now time to put it into action and make your site or blog stand out. If you have found this post helpful, please share it.