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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