Nothing brings your online content alive like pictures.
Video is good and all but most of the time you don’t have time to watch a video clip or you don’t have access to a fast enough network where YouTube will actually load.
This leaves a huge opportunity for images.
This is also why Marky Z deserves some credit for buying Instagram after taking Facebook public.
It turns out dude knows what he’s talking about, people love images A LOT.
The problem for content creators or BLOGGERS is one ugly little c word, “Copyright”.
The entire idea of copyrighting images has become controversial as somehow Facebook, Google+, and Twitter have no worries about publishing “copyrighted” images but if you do the same on your site somehow there’s supposed to be a BIG scary problem.
What should you do about it?
I think if it’s your domain or social media account do whatever you want but if you are writing for a client then you have a responsibility to use APPROVED images ONLY.
That’s just good business, you don’t want to give your client a problem by using an image on their site that’s copyrighted and you don’t have permission to use it.
They COULD get a nasty email from someone saying, “Hey you used my image DUDE and now you OWE ME MONEY!”
Talk about ruining a relationship.
I want you to be successful so I put together this list of resources to find awesome images for all your articles, blog posts, eBooks, and more.
#1 – Take your own pictures.
This is not only a good strategy but also it will help drive traffic to your site.
Think I’m joking? Check out Unsplash.com
If you want inspiration or an example of what you can accomplish with your cell phone camera this website should do the trick.
Now, imagine what would happen if you created a page on your blog and posted all of your best images.
Do you think you would get traffic especially if you named the images using descriptive terms?
You might be shocked at how many people are searching for pictures of everything everyday.
- Name the images using keywords for the file name. Example: Watermelon-Breakfast.jpg
- Use common sense words in the description of the image don’t worry about SEO perfection.
- Consider using creative commons licensing instead of exclusive copyrights so that you get more traffic from your images from other peoples giving you credit.
Example: Watermelon Breakfast
Watermelon Breakfast by YourOnline.biz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at DarnellJackson.com.
#2 – Gank images from Flikr.
You might feel like your stealing but if you use flickr properly then you are perfectly within your rights to use these images.
Just pay special attention to the rights on the image before you use it. Typically they require you to give the owner of the image credit.
Here’s how to gank images from Flikr:
- Log in to Flikr if you don’t have an account create one.
- Search for anything in the top right hand corner. I noticed if you just click search while it’s blank pictures of CATS appear. WTF is the deal with people and cats?
- After you search for blank you’ll notice the ADVANCED SEARCH link appear click it and update your selection as below:
If you are writing for a client or an eBook you plan to sell then you should select “Find content to use commercially”.
Now click search.
You will find tons of great images to use for whatever you searched.
Here’s an example of how you should credit the creator:
Although a link is not required it’s just required to provide credit or attribution to the creator of the image.
Here’s another example:
#3 – Microsoft Office images.
Microsoft used to be known for lame clip-art images but now they have seriously renovated their Clip art, photos, and animations gallery.
You can find tons of awesome pictures but be aware that you can only use them for NON-COMMERCIAL uses.
That means you can use them on your blog for promotion but not in your clients articles or in an eBook that you plan to sell. Read more on the rules here.
The good news is you can use their gallery to browse the best photos that you want to purchase and then proceed from there with one of Microsoft’s partners. You will have to pay them money but you’ll only need to buy the images that you plan to use commercially.
Shout out to Ms Ileane for hooking me up with this promo code that you can use to save money printing your images.
Just use PARTNER25 at http://photobucket.lifepics.com and save 25%!
thanks Ms Ileane!
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What about Google Images, Instagram, Twitter Pics, etc?
If you #BlogSoHard muthasuckas wanna find you then it is what it is, do what you have to do to pay the rent my friend.
It’s true it’s not illegal until you get caught.
However, I strongly recommend that you avoid using unapproved images for your clients work.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ll use a picture from anywhere in a minute on social media and any of my blogs for promotion, it’s just too tempting like this picture of my main man, Mr. “Gold all on my body”:
I don’t have permission to use this copyrighted picture but I cannot resist.
It’s like Mr T. 2013 edition I have to have respect for anybody that pulls a Mr. T.
Anyway, just make sure you at least understand what legal looks like that way you don’t submit a paid guest post to a big website and use unauthorized images.
I have “heard” that editors of high PR blogs frown upon this.
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