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okay so A Picture May Not Be Worth A 1,000 Words, but You Need Them In Your Posts

You’ve heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”. I’m sure there are quite a few pictures out there like that, but when it comes to a blog post, that isn’t always the case. Even so, you want to make sure your posts are visually appealing and attention grabbing. Using good pictures is a great way to accomplish that.

Pictures in Blog Posts Can Draw Readers In

A picture will draw readers in and make them read your blog posts. Don’t believe me? Have a look at some of the major news sites, big blogs or even your Facebook feed. It’s the pictures that grab your attention in combination with the post title.

Try to find an image that tells the story of your post. The image should tell at a glance (with the help of the post title) what the blog post is all about. Of course you’re not limited to just one image. If it fits the topic, grab a few to illustrate what you’re talking about or show step-by-step progress.

Pictures in blog posts can be worth 1000 words
These are just a few examples of the great free stock images you can get online. These are from https://unsplash.com and PicMonkey's free images.

You Need Pictures For Social Media Shares

We talked about Facebook already and how important images are there to grab your reader’s attention. But it doesn’t stop there. Think about other social sites your audience participates in. It doesn't matter if it’s Pinterest, Instagram or even Twitter. A good image will stand out and draw people in. Without it, your chances to get the click and more importantly the read and interaction on your blog are slim.

But it doesn't stop there. As you get traffic to your post, those readers will be more likely to share your post on social media if it has a good image or two. Of course making it easy to share with social media buttons doesn’t hurt either.

But Where Do You Get Those Images?

Now that I have you convinced that you need good images, the next question is, of course, where do you find them? You have a couple of different options when it comes to getting pictures.

1) You Can Take Them Yourself – If you’re a decent photographer and can find the subject matter you need, by all means go ahead and take your own images. Photography equipment aside, this is the cheapest and most authentic option. The downside is that it takes time to set up, take the picture, process it after and get it in a format you can use you on your blog.

2) You Can Hire Someone Else To Take Them For You – This is where things can get pricey. But you might get lucky and find a couple of college kids with decent cell phone cameras that can get you the shots you need for a little mad money.

3) Get Some Stock Photos – The most time and cost effective method for most of us is to buy stock photography. Sites like IstockPhoto and Depositphoto will sell you the right to use an image on your blog post for around $2. Since they are huge sites that connect you to thousands of photographers, you can find images on just about any subject with just a few keystrokes.

There are also a number of sites where you can access free stock photos that you can use for your blog – I compiled a whole list of them here in this post. There are also some amazing stock photo subscription that you can join where they add new photos every month my favorite is Ivory Mix (affiliate link).

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Tammy Rose-Townsend

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Author: Tammy Rose-Townsend

Tammy is a mom to 5 kids ranging in age from 20 to 3 - they all have Pyrrole disorder and MTHFR gene modification and she is passionate about sharing tips on what works for her family in managing symptoms naturally and on a budget. When she's not taking care of the gang she is blogging and sharing tips on how to make money from home through blogging, social media and direct sales. She also runs the online direct sales site sassydirect.com the leading online direct sales consultant directory and blogging platform.

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3 thoughts on “Pictures in Blog Posts Can Be Worth More Than 1000 Words

  1. Hello Tammy, thank you for your article! I think you may also like https://avopix.com as a source of free stock photos (public domain, commercial use, no attribution required). We have more than 124 000 free photos, direct download, favorites, etc. What do you think about it? Best regards, Martin from Avopix.com
    Posted on May 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm
    1. Wow Martin thanks so much for sharing your site it's fantastic! I'll be sure to share!
      Posted on May 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm
    2. Wow Martin thanks so much for sharing your site, it's fantastic! I'll be sure to share! I just updated my stock image resource post to include your site Stock Image Resources
      Posted on May 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm