It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a fun lifestyle blog on the side, or if you’re running a business blog – ALL blogs are fighting for a chance to be seen across the interwebs.
One of the easiest ways to give your blog that upper edge, is by using a clear, quality featured image.
IMAGES THAT ’SPEAK’
You could have the most amazing content and tips for your readers, but if your main image sucks or doesn’t really portray what your post is about – you’ll probably deter a number of readers.
Your main image and a catchy heading is what grabs readers first.
So it’s worth not rushing when you choose that main image. Here are three of my go-to places for blogging images. They’re all free and really easy to use – although there are also some optional paid for extras.
1 CHOOSE A PHOTO ON PHOTO PIN
Photo Pin is a great starting point if you’re not really sure what you want your image to be – or what you want to blog about.
WHAT’S TO LOVE?
- Millions of photos to choose from
- Creative commons
- Preview of image
- Various sizes to choose from
- Clear search section
- Easy image credit source link
This is a fantastic free image source for bloggers and it’s really easy to use. All you do is type in what type of photo you’re looking for in the search area, choose your image and size, and copy and paste the image credit source onto your blog.
2 CREATE AN IMAGE ON PICMONKEY
I enjoy using PicMonkey because it’s so user-friendly. I’m not a designer and this site allows me to create high-quality images in a matter of minutes. If Gimp frustrates you like it does me – this is a great alternative.
WHAT’S TO LOVE?
- Crop, rotate, brighten, sharpen, and resize your images.
- Add a ton of effects like sepia, black and white, or frost.
- Touch up blemishes and red eyes on photographs.
- Choose from over 100 different fonts.
- Add hearts, frames, arrows, banners, and symbols to your images.
- Design eye-catching background textures.
- Create your own fun collages. (Lots of options to choose from).
- Choose a theme for fun (vampires, celebrate, zombies, etc.)
This is a great site to spice up an image with text, colours, overlays, and a lot more. I highly recommend using this for your blog post images if you’re just starting out, or if you want something quick and basic.
3 JAZZ UP A PIC ON CANVA
Canva is a similar to PicMonkey, but there are a few more design options to choose from. For example, there are hundreds of ready-made professional text bubbles you can easily slot into your images.
WHAT’S TO LOVE?
- Design your Facebook, Twitter or Google + cover.
- Create a fun quote or Pinterest image.
- Easy-to-use search field.
- Ready-made banners, speech bubbles, lines, icons and stickers.
- Plenty of background and text colours to choose from.
- Hundreds of layout options.
- Ability to upload your images into any design.
Once you’ve signed up with Canva, all the designs you’ve created will show up each time you log in. This is great if you want to keep a certain type of image template and just touch it up a little.
MAKE THOSE IMAGES ’POP!’
So there you have it, three fantastic sites that you can use to choose quality photos, add some ’zing’ to your blog images, or even create them from scratch.