Photos and images take a blog post or article from good to great. It helps break up the text and give the eyes and brain some extra stimulation. Images are SO EASY to steal on the internet. In the beginning, I stole plenty of images and used them on my blog. Like this one from my post It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your photos:
I took this off of someone’s FB gallery. I don’t know these people. Would you believe me if I said I did?
My general attitude is that people should protect their content better if they don’t want it stolen. Don’t make it so easy! But that said, I would never in a million years steal someones words/text and share it as my own. Why do images get a different treatment? IDK
I now make it a practice to NOT steal images for my blog posts because it is almost as easy and feels much, much better. I made the change when the Gander showed me how to find images that are free to share and use. It is SO EASY. And I am going to share this with you.
# 1: Open a search tool, I like to use Bing. Most people use Google.
# 2: Type the subject of the image you want in the search bar and hit enter
# 3: GOOGLE: Click on the “Image” button; click “Search Tools”; click “Usage Rights”; select one of the “Labeled for Reuse” options
or # 3: BING: Click “Image” button; click “License”; click “All Creative Commons” or one of the “Free to…” options
or # 3: OTHER: I don’t know what they label it, but I’m sure it’s pretty similar to the above two and you are smart for using a search engine that is not Bing or Google so I’m sure you are smart enough to figure it out from here.
(optional) # 4: Use an image editor like Adobe Photoshop or the free Gimp GNU Image Manipulation Program to resize and crop chosen image.
DONE! Just like that, you too are a Pro at using creative commons images in your blog content.
If this blog tutorial helped you – great, please let me know! If you are confused or have additional questions, just ask.