A blog without images is like a museum without art. In other words, it’s bland, dull and boring. You don’t want a blog that conveys that, do you? Not likely. If you’ve put off adding images in your blog because you don’t know how or want quick and easy methods, below we take a look at five methods to add images to your blog.
1. “Add Image” Button in WordPress – if you run your blog on WordPress, then this is pretty simple as the CMS has an add image button in the admin area that you simply click on and upload your image to. This adds the image to your blog and you have several options as to alignment – center, left or right along with a re-size feature. And a caption box as well, should you want to add a caption to your image.
2. Photo Dropper – this is a nifty WordPress plugin that lets you do as the name implies, and drop a photo within your article. It’s free and relatively easy to use. Download as you would any other WordPress plugin and then activate in admin area. When you write a new blog post, you will see in the editor area – a new button entitled “Photo Dropper”, click this and it will open a small window which asks what photo from Flickr (via keywords) you wish to grab and drop. It also will automatically insert a CC and a link to the Flickr user who created it. (keep in mind, the plugin has not been updated in quite a while, but we included it in our list, because it’s pretty cool)
3. Image URL – some sites will host your image and provide you an image URL which you would then add to your blog site. Some of these include sites you would guest post on wherein the owner wants to place the image for you. Most don’t allow image posting without approval, in this case you would simply supply the image URL.
4. HTML – this method involves going to an image host (which is discussed below) and grabbing the HTML code which you get after you upload an image. Once you have this code you can then place it in your WordPress blog in HTML mode. Your image will then be displayed on the blog post.
5. Image Host – an image host is one that as the name implies will host an image or photo you supply. There are several free image hosts on the web such as Image Shack, Tiny Pic and Photo Bucket. These are probably the biggest and most established image hosts on the web. Give each one a visit and see which you prefer, than feel free to host your images here for free. As mentioned above in tip number four, once you upload an image, you would then grab the HTML code and add it to your blog article.
That’s it. Try any of the five methods above to add an image to your blog articles, pick the one that best suits your personal style.
You don’t have to incorporate images in your blog posts, but keep in mind that we live in a very visual world and the web is no different. Adding in images to your posts can only enhance them. Pick images that complement the text on the page and or exclaim a point. Some blog owners even use images for blog traffic, so this might be an idea to add to your online marketing mix.