There had been a period when you could develop a huge traffic blog without any pictures or visuals.
I coin that as the ‘Pre BuzzFeed Era.’
Buzzfeed rules the Internet, and it does the same by making a unique variation of visual content.
The problem arises when you have negligible talent in photoshop and bad aptitude in designing.
This is the point where we have come to help you out.
I’ll be explaining to you everything needed to know about finding and editing the pictures and infographics of your blog. This will be a completely delighting post full with tips and guides on every element of custom blog graphics.
Why Your Blog Needs More Images
More shares, more traffic, better aesthetics, higher readability…
…I can give you a dozen reasons why your blog posts need more graphics, but the only reason can be confined in two words: “human psychology.”
You first need to know that people have the real primary interest towards images.
We are, after all, visual creatures. We are all attracted towards pictures and visuals. We gather most of the information through pictures only.
According to scientific fact, the human brain also captures the images and processes them much faster than the written material(60,000x faster than text). In fact, 90% of the information in our brain is taken in by the visuals.
In fact, 90% of the information in our brain is taken in by the visuals.
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This clearly implies that if you want to reach your destination.You better pay attention towards visuals.
That was actually based on all science. In real, there are very practical reasons to include images in your blog.
1. First, pictures increase click-throughs
According to a survey, 60% of the customers contact a business only if its image is showing in the search results.
2. Images also boost up conversations
When we talk about online business, high-quality images have the biggest effect on conversations, and it’s more than even long descriptions and reviews.
3. Images also increase social involvements
Posts with lots of pictures get more engagement and shares than the ones without. Even on Facebook only, Picture updates get 53% more likes than the others posts.
Now let’s get in and start creating our blog pictures.
How to Find Free Images for Your Blog
Selling images online is a huge business. It’s so vast that the leader in this space, Shutterstock has a capital of around $2.4 billion.
For most of the bloggers, these image marketplaces are very very costly. Even a monthly subscription in Shutterstock costs $229, And this is not at all affordable by an average blogger.
Luckily, there are a number of resources for getting free stock pictures online. But few of them have high-quality images that are underused and not being used by your opponents.
Further, I’ll take you to my personally favorite resources for high-quality pictures.
Where to Find Free Images For Your Blog
Now that you know how licenses work, it’s time actually to find free to use images.
These are some of my favorite resources:
Check out all these sites in different tabs and test them properly. You’ll gradually find the best one. I m specifically fond of unsplash.com and Compfight.
Editing images (even if you don’t know Photoshop)
Stock pictures when alone, are really boring. You too might have noticed to build a unique brand; you will need to make some changes to your images.
This used to be little difficult few years ago. You also had to buy Photoshop (an easy $700) and had to learn it’s usage (minimum 2-3 months of exercise).
Thankfully, there are now plenty of alternatives to help you edit images without ever touching Photoshop.
My like is canva
. It makes really simple to make awesome graphics of high grade.
Creating graphics for different social networks
Canva, as you might be knowing, has options to create media content also including Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, Google plus updates, etc.
You can use this to make exact dimension pictures for different social networks:
Optimizing images before publishing
All the pictures that you’ll find online or downloaded from canva are gigantic. For example, the size of the image is 600KB. Not good for your server and blog speed.
You should upgrade site speed, which has been known to improve both search engine aspects and revenue.
Let us do it online:
There are so many tools for compressing images online. My favorite is Kraken.io that uses advanced generation compression technology to reduce image size by as much as 90%.
You can also use the online Web interface to optimize pictures individually or can use the Kraken.io WordPress plugin to pacify the process. You will also need a pro account if you want to optimize lots of images.
Moreover, Kraken optimization is a parallel feature of Thrive themes, If you happen to use them, just go in.
Thrive Themes > Thrive Options > Performance and tick lossy compression.
Another way our is to use the EWWW image Optimizer plugin for WordPress.
Your Turn: Create Images for Your Own Blog
You have learned a lot from my post straight from finding images to optimization of them. Design, in itself is a vast thing. and We have just touched the surface.
For most of the beginners in blogging… It’s a good start for creating custom graphics.
Your next go should be to put this information into practice. Start by following :
1. Download a picture from unsplash.com or pixbay.com
2. Register for canva and use the downloaded picture to make a custom image.
3. Then upload and use the image in your blog.
When you are finished, share your post with me in the comments below. I would love to view.
Always keep in mind that You learn only when you do the task on your own. I hope this post of mine has provided you enough to go for a mighty step and give your blog a huge boost with custom graphics.
I hope this post of mine has provided you enough to go for a mighty step and give your blog a huge boost with custom graphics.