A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Everyone says to add images to your blog posts, but do you know why it's important? And where can you find visually appealing free stock photos that add to your articles?
Why should you add images to your blog post?
A visually appealing image will keep your reader on your website longer.
Those who are search engine savvy know that Google cares about how long readers stay on your website. Add an image or two to keep readers attention on your article longer.
Images are another way to SEO to help you
Images also help you gain traffic from image search engines. If you want this to work, you have to optimize the Alt text and image description. So instead of keeping your image name as “DSC123.jpeg”, you have to rename it using keywords.
Social media sites love posts with images
Articles with photos can be shared on social media - and people will actually read them!
Pin away for more traffic to your website
Pinterest, the world's second largest search engine (behind Google, of course) doesn’t want your post if it doesn’t have any images. The whole point of Pinterest is to "pin" or save images and articles. Because you have nothing to pin, Pinterest doesn’t even want you if you don’t have any images on your article.
Images add length to your post
Your post looks longer if you add images. This is especially important if you have a short and succinct article.
But if you aren’t a photographer, where can you find free stock photos?
Pixabay has close to a million free stock photos, vectors, and illustrations in their library. You can download the largest file - for free - but you have to sign up for a free account.
Pexels is a very user-friendly site with hundreds of thousands of free images posted. It also claims to add more than a hundred new ones every day, so if you can't find what you are looking for today, it might be there tomorrow.
Stocksnap.io is an attrition-free stock photo site. The images are available in high-resolution, and you can search by keyword/
Unsplash calls itself a free (do whatever you want) high-resolution site. If you subscribe, they will send some of their favorites right to your inbox.
Picography appears to be more artistic than some of the other sites with free stock photos. They also send you a list of free stock photos if you subscribe to their email.
Skitterphoto has some amazing photos that you can use for free. They have a search field, but they also have admin favorites and featured images.
If you need food photos, Foodies Feed is the site for you! With a free and premium (paid) version, you should be able to find the food photos you need.
So with all of these sites and the thousands and thousands of images they will allow you to use for free, it’s easy to add some images to your blog posts. What is your favorite place for free stock photos? Share in the comments.
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