How I added Images to my Blog Posts

Hi everyone, February 2014 seems such a long time ago, that was when I came across John Thornhill’s Coaching course ‘Partnership to Success’, and after much research, about John himself, I signed up for the course. This was one of the best decisions I have made since starting to dabble with internet marketing. From knowing almost nothing about internet marketing and blogging, I am now very confident when working on my posts. For example, adding images to my posts is a great achievement for someone who had never even managed a blog before.

Adding images on your blog definitely adds new dimensions to your posts. When visitors arrive at your blog they are more likely to stay for a longer time if there is an image or a video on your post for them to see. These images grab the attention and give added interest for the reader. They also give the eyes a rest from reading blocks of text. The images themselves should enhance the subject of your post and urge your reader to read on. I have already added images to some of my posts and, I must admit, they do indeed catch the eye. From now on I will add images to my posts. It also makes it more interesting for me as I search for just the right image.

The images you use may be your own or someone else’s. Perhaps you have downloaded images from the internet. If you are in the habit of downloading images from the internet it is very important that you read the next section of this post ‘Downloaded Images’.

Copyright Criminal

Man arrested for violating copyright laws

Downloaded Images

Be warned, if you download images that are copyright protected and use them without the permission of the owner you may find yourself in deep legal trouble. Copyright really is a big deal.

Even when you buy or have permission to use the images make sure you follow the owner’s rules. You may have to display a credit to the owner on your post. For example, at the bottom of this post you will see a credit to the artist for the image I have used showing a Copyright Criminal. Evil looking blighter isn’t he!

There are many places on the internet where you can buy the rights to use a royalty free image. I have been using 123rf.com but there are many others, one of which is en.fotolia.com.

Just follow the rules and you should be okay. Remember it could be very costly if you are caught using images which you do not have the rights to use.

Images

Now I would like to explain how to get the images into the media library of your blog for your future use.

Once you have found the image you wish to put on your blog; download it and save it on your hard disk where you can easily find it again. Then:

  1. Go to your dashboard
  2. Click on media
  3. Add new media
  4. Drag and drop the image, or
  5. Search for the image on your computer
  6. Open it up into the media library on your blog.

The image is now sitting in the media library on your blog waiting for when you are ready to use it in any of your posts.

Inserting Images into Your Posts

When you are ready to use the image on you page or post I am sure you will find the next stage quite simple to do. I am using WordPress and the theme I am using is Optimize Press 2. I am sure other WordPress themes will operate in much the same or similar ways.

  1. Create a new page/post or edit one you are already working on
  2. Click the Add Media button
  3. This will take you to your blog media library
  4. Click on the image you want in order to select it
  5. A form will appear on the right for you to fill in relevant details of the image
  6. From here you can also set the alignment and size of your image
  7. Click the ‘Insert into Post’ button
  8. You have now added the image to your post

I have found that it is best to insert the image once you have your text inserted. Strange things happened when I did it the other way round. You can move the image code to anywhere you wish in your post by using the text tab and cutting and pasting the code to the desired position.

Please, please remember to paste the credit for the image your are using somewhere on your post, if applicable.

Important Reminder

Just in case you are not doing it already, please remember to back up your blog frequently. This is an essential task that you MUST do.

Pauline

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Image credit: dundanim / 123RF Stock Photo

12 Comments

  • Hollie Hawley

    Reply Reply April 27, 2014

    I can’t wait until you become a millionaire, Pauline. Then I’ll be able to say I knew you when!

    I thought the idea of adding an image to a blog post was brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that? It’s easy to find them, they can be kind of fun to pick out, and it really makes a difference in the appearance of your blog. But most of all, it makes a difference when you share a link on Facebook or elsewhere — I’m always so much more likely to click through the link if there is an image on it.

    Thanks for the post. I’ll look forward to more.

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply April 27, 2014

      Hey Hollie
      It is amazing just how important images are. When I come across a long blog that is just a mass of text I lose the urge to read it, but when it is broken up with images it makes such a difference.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • David Rogers

    Reply Reply April 24, 2014

    Hello
    Although not as good as it used to be, as many sign up to Getty Images, you can still get good free images legally from here https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons With the attribution licence (the only one I use) you just need to give credit to the photographer.
    The other issue with photographs is to make sure they’re small files. I use photoshop to ensure they’re less than 50KB, although there are plugins that can do this.
    David

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply April 24, 2014

      Hi David, thank you for your comment.

      Thank you for the link, I will give it a visit.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Jon Crimes

    Reply Reply April 11, 2014

    Thanks Pauline, that’s some great advice on using images.

    I’ve been using 123RF for a while now and I can fully recommend their services as well, really good value for money!

    I totally agree with what you said about entering the text first. I find it’s best to write the article and then fit in the images around your article as part of the ‘finishing touches’. That way you can preview your post and adjust the positon of the images/text if neccessary!

    Your blogs looking excellent Pauline, it’s amazing how much we’ve learned in such a short time isn’t it?

    Look forward to reading more great posts from you.

    Cheers

    Jon

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply April 11, 2014

      Thank you Jon,
      Yes things are moving forward faster than I expected.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • igor Griffiths

    Reply Reply April 10, 2014

    Well hello Pauline, great advice. Regardless of how great the image is we have just found, as you point out, it probably won’t be Ok this time.

    There are whole armies of legal teams looking to extract easy money from site owners who made this simple and very easy mistake.

    igor

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply April 10, 2014

      Hi igor,

      You can’t be too careful out there.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Sky Nealon

    Reply Reply April 10, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    You are definitely in your stride now as through your blog post, you have started to demonstrate your authority and assert your positioning as an expert in blogging, especially with the step by step guide on inserting images and explaining image copyrights as well as resources you personally use and recommend. Keep up the great work and effort.

    Kind regards
    Sky

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply April 10, 2014

      Hey Sky,

      Thank you for your kind comment.
      Yes I am beginning to feel more confident at the stage I am at. But have not yet done a self video, which I know you have done so well.
      I will have to find out how to do my own videos soon.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Pauline

    Reply Reply April 29, 2014

    Hey Hollie,

    I have not yet sorted my blog to go with Facebook.
    I know this is a must so I will be reviewing what I do with Facebook.

    Take care
    Pauline

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