Use Free Images in Your Blog Post Without FearPost ReBoot from 2013 With New Sites Listed! Many of these sites offer images under Creative Commons license, meaning you can use them for anything, change them up and even use them for commercial uses. But, it is always a good practice to CHECK the license, some require attribution, sometimes it’s just nice to offer them credit.
Stock images are a very important part of blogging. Your blog posts pop when you add images, QUALITY images, are a must. I find that as a book blogger, I don’t necessarily need stock images on a regular basis. I’m sure you can commiserate because the majority of our posts are book reviews, or posts about a particular book. With these types of posts, the image that is needed is the book cover, or maybe a few reactionary animated gifs for flavor. But, if you are moving toward Bookstagramming, or non-review based posts, you are going to need good stock images.
The problem with using stock images is that it can get really pricey. A good, relatively cheap stock image is about $10, an expensive one, about $50. To avoid costs, bloggers go the illegal route and use Google Images…grabbing images from the internet without knowing copyright on the image. There are phishing scams out there that place images on Google Images hoping that bloggers use them, and then slapping them with an 8K copyright infringement penalty. It’s real. It happens. They don’t have to issue a takedown notice. Once you post it, you’re liable. Moral of the story? Don’t use internet images, use these great FREE stock photography sites, and make sure to always check the copyright.
Reasons to use these FREE stock photo sites:
- Avoid HEFTY copyright penalties
- Create Beautiful Posts
- Invoke emotional reactions to your posts
- Offset your words with visuals
- Increase the chances of readers, reading your posts
- Increase shareability of your posts
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As a blogger, Indie Author, or in my case, both, tracking and analytics is imperative to continued success. If something works, you want to know that it works and then you want to know what you did, so you can repeat it. No one is going to knock on your door and say “Hey, what you did there. It rocked. Do it again.” But, if you see that people are clicking, things like links… a lightbulb can go off, and you’ll realize that your efforts are paying off. If you can’t tell what people are clicking, though…well you’ve lost before you even started.
The weekend that passed, was Booking in Biloxi, a large author even that is held every year in the city of Biloxi, Mississippi. The BiB signing was the first signing that I participated in as a new author. It took me almost a year to work myself up to do a signing – and – also to make it onto a list. So, after this recent event, I had successfully (loose interpretation of successful) completed one year of signings. This is what I’ve learned.
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