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A Picture is worth a thousand words!

This Quote has been around for a very long time. Obviously it holds true today. The interesting thing is a good Blog Post should provide valuable information that is useful to your website visitor. That tends to mean you will need to have around 500 to 1000 words. This is a rule of thumb that changes based on the topic.

But People lead busy lives. So your message needs to be concise. It also needs to give the reader a reason to read your post.

Pictures  really do make a difference. If you only have text on a page then your blog post will seam rather dull. BUT, if you only show pictures then you’re really not saying much to your reader. Unless you’re a professional photographer or decide to use Premium Stock Images you will need to find an alternative.

Here are some of the best sources for Free Pictures for your next blog post.

  • Unsplash
  • Pixabay – There is a WordPress Plugin you can use. Plugin
  • PhotoDropper – There is a plugin you can use. Plugin
  • FreeRange – was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. We feel that free stock photos can be good photos. Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community – photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.
  • OpenPhoto – The Open Photo Project is a photo sharing platform created in 1998 by Michael Jastremski.
    Contributors have offered their images free of charge under terms of Creative Commons licensing.
  • StockExchange – Whether you just want to browse our huge image gallery or want to share your own photos with others, this is the site for you!
  • StockVault – 44,000 Free images.
  • Flickr Creative Commons – Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.

These are just some places you can use to get free images for your website or next blog post.

Put Your Pictures on a Diet

Images are great but they can make your page very heavy. This means you need to watch out for the file size. Now if you’re not sure how to do so here are some great FREE tools for you to use.

  • Gimp – Have you heard of Photoshop? Gimp is a popular free alternative that will help you manipulate your pictures.
  • WP-Smushit – This is a plugin for WordPress that will compress your images without losing quality. NOTE: only handles files less than 1mb
  • TinyPNG – This is one of my favorites for compressing PNG images.
  • JpegMini – This is a great tool for compressing jpeg images.

The list above are links to websites that are all free to use and that I personally use on my website.

Infographics are a great tool since they combine both words with pictures and get your message out. But creating an infographic is not easy. Stay tuned for my blog post on InfoGraphics.

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