Adding an image with your post can really make a difference. You can see a marked improvement in readership and social media votes, and it need not take much effort or expense.
I like to use my own images, but if you are not into photography there are many solutions.
Product bloggers can often get free images from the merchant or affiliate scheme you work with, or from the manufacturer. Check out the press sections of their websites.
You can search flickr for attribution license photographs, for example we could search for “coffee”. Just make sure if you do use attribution photographs you link to the creator so that you comply with the license requirements.
If you don’t want to provide attribution links, check out stock photography sites like Crestock who provide a daily free photograph
Stock photography is cheap nowadays, iStockPhoto has smaller images as low as $1, but I wish Crestock in particular would offer more smaller pictures, their quality is much higher than most, and you see their images much less often (familiarity is often a complaint about stock images) but for blog post illustrations 500 pixel wide would suffice! On the plus side they even have an affiliate scheme so by using their free photography you could make some money.
Next time you are browsing a blog, take a look how they use images and illustrations, notice how the pages that contain photographs rather than dense blocks of grey text are much more inviting.
Do you use photographs in your posts? Where do you get them from?
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