When you’re blogging and on social media, you’re going to want to add photos to your content to make them more enticing to your audience.
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Tips and advice when adding images to your content
You can take photos yourself and make some adjustments with photoshop or Picmonkey. But if you are a beginner with photography you can improve your skills by reading and learning from other photographers or you can take a course from one of these websites listed here.
Or you can create graphics with tools like a graphics tablet and free software like Canva or GIMP.
If you don’t want to take your own photos or don’t have the time or tools to create your own you can find stock photos that are free or you can purchase on the web to use in your business.
After adding images to your blog posts don’t forget to add descriptions for them to help with SEO. Adding descriptions helps search engine crawlers index media content because they don’t see or hear content like humans. I explained a bit about search engine crawlers in an earlier post here.
Free and Paid Stock Photos
However, not all photos or graphics on the internet are free to use and have serious repercussions for using them or altering them for your own use. This article has a lot of great info on image copyright infringement here.
So make sure to read the faqs or any notes with the image that you want to use before you download in case there are any rules or restrictions with said image.
Some stock photo websites have a monthly subscription payment plan that has exclusive and high-quality photos. This can attract more people to your blog and social media accounts as they are not overused and seen everywhere else like those that have free stock photos.
Here is a list of my favorite stock photo websites:
A website that has hundreds of photos on different subjects and is free to use and alter to your liking.
Ivory Mix has feminine stock photos where some are free and others you can purchase from her shop, or you can access through an affordable membership. Has a Facebook group that you can join too.
Here are some of the photos you can find there:
Pixistock by Alicia has feminine stock photos where some are free each month or you can purchase from her shop or access through a paid membership. Has a Facebook group you can join too.
Styled Stock Society
It has both a membership and a shop. You can get some photos free each month or purchase from her shop, or pay for a membership.
Has feminine stock photos, some are free, others you can purchase through the shop.
It has a lot of awesome photos, graphics, and fonts to choose from. Be sure to check the rules from who you purchase from though, each designer has different rules or restrictions.
I like these metallic textures I purchased from there:
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Mockup Scene Generator
You can also purchase bundles that include individual objects to create numerous combinations of mockup scenes for your own use. Type in scene creator or mockup scene generator in the search bar and you will find almost everything from kitchenware, interior decor, holiday-themed objects, and things like stationery items.
Here is an example where I used individual items to create this social media post. And below the picture you will find a small video showing how you can create your own pics in Canva.
To create your own lettering or metallic designs, Abbey Ashley of The Virtual Savvy has a great tutorial here.
I will be continually adding more to this when I research and discover more tools and resources on the web to use for my own business and share here on my blog.
If you have any questions or know of any other paid membership stock photo websites or even have one yourself, let me know in the comments 🙂