Good morning girls,
Is anyone here still tired? Because I am definitely not in the mood to be awake but seeing as how we have work to do, let’s push though this grogginess, grab some coffee and get to work.
I want to use this post to explain to you how to make your website more attractive and do it without spending a dime. We are here to make money, right??? So, let’s utilize some free resources and start grabbing your readers attention.
First thing you should know is that when you create a blog or online business you want to make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This means, you want to use images that are vibrant, beautiful, and relevant to your content.
When your audience is looking for information and they click on your site, the first thing they will do is read the site title, the second is look at the pictures. This is an important step to grabbing and keeping their attention.
A post that has no pictures and is just a page of words will not get much attention from the outside readers. We are visual by nature so we want to see pictures. That’s why just about every blog you see out there will have pictures on it.
You’ll have a feature image, which is the first thing to grab their attention, and then throughout your post you will drop more images that are relevant to what you are saying. This could be images you’ve taken yourself, free images you’ve gathered, or images of the products you are promoting.
It’s okay to use your own images on your blog, as long as they are clear there’s absolutely no reason why not. When I first started my blog, I didn’t know about free images so I took my own pictures using my DSLR camera. But now I know, there are a bunch of resources out there and that’s what I’m going to share with you now.
A lot of times people are unaware of how Google works, they search images, screenshot them, save them to their phones, and think that because they are on Google they are fair game. The truth is, those images are copy written and you could get in big trouble by using them on your blog. That is a big no.
I’ve found a few websites where you can get beautiful images and you can save them, crop them, edit them and they are royalty free and safe for your blog. The best part is these pictures are absolutely free. Yes, I said free and I love that word.
Free Image Websites
The first website I came across is Unsplash.com. This website is full of images that are beautifully taken. You can easily download them without creating an account and they are easy to find through search.
You can easily create an account and even share some of your own photos if you’d like. I find this to be my go to site when I’m looking for a nice image and if I can’t find what I’m looking for then I go to my next favorite.
I love Pixabay. I always seem to find the most beautiful baby pictures here. They have plenty of other categories you can choose from and images can be downloaded without creating an account, but it can be a hassle with the captcha feature. The best and easiest way is to create a free account and you can download as much as you want choosing from four different sizes.
My next favorite is kaboompics.com. Again, these images are absolutely free and can be used for commercial use. You can choose to download from three different sizes with one of the being a custom size for free. This is another site that you don’t have to create an account, but it’s just better to have the free account if you are going to be using it more often than not.
Stocksnap.io is another free site with hundreds of pictures that are safe to use. They have a list of popular searches you can choose from on the home page, or simply search for what you need and download with no captcha and no-account creation.
Like Unsplash, they do however only have the one size but this is something you can edit in your blog. Again, if you plan on using it more often, it may be better to create an account and you could even submit some of your own photos for other people to use.
I think the one thing I really like about their site is the search by color feature. You can click on a color box and it will pull pictures that have that color in it. Their pictures are otherwise more on the dull side for me and I love bright, vibrant pictures for my blog.
Wikimedia Commons is one of the more intricate websites to use when looking for free images. They have categories you can search through and you don’t need an account. I find it to be a bit much when I’m looking for quick pictures.
The search process is longer and you can’t always find what you are looking for. If you have the time you can search around the site and probably find some good pictures but it’s not a site for me so I rarely use it.
Editing and Using Images For Free on Canva.com
When you have images on you blog and you start promoting your blog on social media, you can use these same images and create images that you can use in your social media on Canva.com.
Canva has a free version that you can use and it’s pretty straight forward and easy. Just create an account and you’re good to go. Get started with creating a free logo for your business.
Working With Canva Quick 5 Step Tutorial
#1 Pick a Design. This is the fun part for anyone who loves to design, which I do. Pick a design. There are plenty to choose from depending on what you are creating the picture for. Or, just pick anyone and create anything you want with it. I like doing that. I can create pictures and just use them as I please for my blog posts.
#2 Download Pictures. Download the picture you want to use and drag and drop into Canva uploads. I’ve downloaded this picture from Stocksnap.io and now I can use it to create a pin for pinterest.
#3 Pick a template. As you can see from the left of this image, there are templates you can choose from to create your image.
I’ve decided to go with this one here.
#4 Editing. I’ve added my image to Canva uploads with their drag and drop feature, and deleted the other picture with the trash button. If you choose to keep the colored boxes, you can change the color with the little box on the top left. This took me about 5 seconds total. Now I will add the image I downloaded from Stocksnap.io.
I liked the idea of having the picture as a background so again I used their drag and drop feature to add my picture to my template, and this is the result.
#5 Get Creative. You can even play around with it for a bit and change the fonts, sizes and colors. By the time I’m finished, my Pinterest pin looks like this and I am happy with it. Pretty cool for free, huh? But this isn’t only for social media, you can create images like this to use in your blog as well and make it more appealing.
As you see, it’s easy to make your website beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and with this information, you can turn your blog into something you love and other people will love as well. Take a look at some of the websites that offer free images. Download some and use them later, or just play around with them in Canva.
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I hope you’ve found this info helpful and you can use this to change your blog for the better. I want to hear from you. Have you used any of these websites before? Did you know you could get free images for your online business? Drop me a comment below and I will get back to you.
Until next time ladies…XOXO