A great image gets people to your post, and great content keeps them coming back.
Great graphics are a blogging necessity for new blogs. If you in the ‘growing your blog’ stage (and 98% of us are), then you will need to get comfortable using images. Every single post you make will need one (or three) graphics. Preferably one that people want to click on or share.
Social media is very visual and when you start blogging, sharing your images on Social Media will be the biggest source of visitors to your blog.
The Secret to a Fantastic Blog Image
There are two parts to a designing a Great Blog Image:
1. The Actual Graphic / Stock Image (You can scroll down to find out where to get FREE Images to use)
2. The Title or Headline
How To Make Images for Your Blog
So, How do you go about creating great images?
You will need to get comfortable using a graphics editing program. I could give you a big list of all the different graphic editing options out there, because I have tried A LOT of them, but at the end of the day, I want to save you the headache that I went through trying to get this right.
When I first started blogging, I thought I had to be a pro at everything. I signed up for Photoshop and wasted hours learning the program.
There are easier ways to make a blog graphic.
And you can free up your time to do the things that will actually make you money.
I now use two graphic editing programs to make all my blog images:
1. PicMonkey – I flippin’ love Picmonkey. A lot! It’s really easy to use. And when it comes to images I want ‘easy’ and fast. It takes me a few minutes to design a blog graphic in Picmonkey. I think I’ve actually done this in less that a minute before. I upload my image, add my text and then I simply crop to the different sizes I want for sharing on Social media.
Seriously, in 7 days, you can probably create a years worth of graphics for your blog for Free.
2. Canva – Canva offers a free version to start but as you grow, you will want the functionality of the paid version. But it’s a fantastic way to create blog graphics quickly and easily with tons of templates and free images. I use Canva to create my products as they have a branding kit option where you can save your colors and logos so it’s easy to get a consistent branding.
The 5 Best Places to Find FREE Stock Photos
There are a couple ways to find images to use on your website.
- You can either sign up for a paid stock image provider.
- Or you can use Free Images. Personally, I am a big fan of FREE. I use around 10 – 20 images a week so even budget images on a paid plan can start to add up really quickly. Every little bit saved matters.
When I’m putting together a blog post, I search for three or four images I think might suit the post. And this little list below is my go to list on where I find Free Stock Images:
1. Hungry jpeg
The team at the Hungry Jpeg offer fantastic $1 Deals (even my tightwadiness is OK with) and also free weekly specials (yup. Free!). Take a look at this weeks freebies here.
(Speaking of freebies …. right now you can get 10 free images if you sign up for a free trial with Adobe Stock –>> It’s Free for a limited time so grab them while you can. There’s no charge is you cancel before the end of the trial).
I’ve only recently started using Unsplash, but I am already impressed with the quality of their images. No catch. All free but you are welcome to tip if you want.
Pixabay was and is one of my favourite stock providers. It’s easy to use and you can download free images without the need to register at all. You can use any of their images in digital and printed form but as usual, make sure you review their terms before using their images.
4. death to the stock photo
Deathtothestockphoto.com sends 10 free images every month directly to your email and is a great way to build up your own stockpile of images. The only issue I have is that everyone is getting the SAME 10 stock images emailed to them. And you don’t want your images to be lost in the world of ‘sameness’. It’s like wearing the same dress as someone else to the ball. Consider cropping using overlays to change them up a bit just in case.
They do offer a premium service which gets you access to to 2000 images, but you have to pay a monthly fee. I don’t want to do that.
Pexels offers top quality graphics for free. There’s no catch, but remember to read their terms and conditions if you are creating a product to sell or using the images commercially.
Your Own Photos
I love to use my own images, but it takes time. The benefits are that no-one else gets to use them so they will always be unique to your site. But weigh it up? It the uniqueness worth the time and effort. If you love photography, then by all means – go for it.
When I am making recipes then I always take my own pictures. But a good set of recipe pics can easily take an hour or more of my time. So for everything else (including this blog post), I use a Stock Photo from one of the websites above.