How to Find Blog Post ImagesI love to include images in my posts.  I don’t know, I think there is just something about seeing images that pertain to the content that gets me interested in reading more.

When I’m on Google searching for a particular topic, if I see an image that stands out for me, I’ll click on that content and read that above all the rest.  Just because that image got my attention.

But some people seem to think that images take away from the content itself.  To me, if the content is awesome then that speaks for itself.  No amount of images in your post will ever take away from that.

Others complaints have been that by having too many images on your blog it can slow your computer down quite a bit and that is a valid concern.  But I have a resolution for you if that is the only reason you have not been including images up until now.

By installing the WP Smush.It plug-in, it will automatically reduce your image files.  This will help significantly by improving your blog performance.  Just go to your “Add New” plugins and type in Smush.It or, click on the link above and it will take you directly to their download page.

So we know now that I like to add images to my blog posts whether they are serious or funny.  I think it just adds something to your blog altogether.

I think the old saying of “a picture is worth a thousand words” has been around forever for a reason.  We are a visual society and we like to look at photos, videos, art, you name it.  So why not include images in your posts!

One thing you need to be cautious about when adding images to your content is that you aren’t grabbing any photos that have been copyrighted.  That can definitely get you into a whole lot of trouble.

For instance, what most people do is head over to Google and click on images.  From there they will do a keyword search on that particular topic they are writing about and see what kind of images come up.  They find the image they like, copy it and include it on their site.  Now, there isn’t anything wrong with this IF the photo isn’t copyrighted so be sure and do further research before moving forward.

I’m guilty of having just grabbed photos in the past without doing any further research.  I do claim ignorance on my part but hey, I will continue to learn something new every single day probably for the rest of my life.  At least I learned which is why I wanted to share this with you.

I have located several sites that offer free royalty free photos.  That means no copyrighting issues at all.  Now there are plenty of others sites I’m sure and also plenty of sites that do charge you a small fee.  But as another old saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Here is a list that might be of some help to you that I have been locating images on for quite some time now.  I’m sure there are plenty others ones available so if anyone would like to add to this list, be sure to leave me a comment.  Now these are not in any particular order but will give you a pretty good start of locating some good photos you can use in the future.

Free Digital Photos
Public Domain Pictures
Morgue File
Free Images
Stock Vault
Picsearch
Pixsy
I Can Has Cheezburger
Funny Sign

Now remember, if you have any you would like to add to this list, be sure to leave me a comment so that others can find some great images to include in their content as well.  That’s what we are all here for, to help each other right!

Okay guy, happy photo hunting!!!