February 4, 2017

How To Legally Get Free Blog Images

Want free blog images or graphics for your website, but do not know how to get them? Grabbing them from the internet is not cool!

OK, so taking an image from the web and using it on your site without permission probably will not land you in jail.

Don\'t end up behind jail bars because of violating copyright laws.

But many webmasters have paid hefty fines for doing just that. There are copyright owners that go after unauthorized users for copyright infringement in violation of the Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code.

Don’t be one of those webmasters who get a nasty letter in the mail along with a hefty bill!

So why take a chance when the solution is so simple.

I will explain how you can get free images and graphics easily and safely.

I am not a techno-geek.  And I am awful at finding and putting images on my websites.

Whenever I need a picture for my site, I spend literally hours looking for something decent to find, or even buy. And they are all so expensive! I understand why copyright holders go after illegal use of their images.

Sometimes I have such a hard time finding a free image, it gets to the point it is easier to buy a licensed image.

When it comes to customizing the image and saving it, it takes me forever. I do not know a crop icon from a resize to a jpeg to a png. Pitiful isn’t it?

And yes, I’ve tried Gimp, Paint, Photoshop and even many web based image editors.

But with every program I open, all I can manage to do is stare at the screen with no idea what to do next.

After clicking around blindly for an hour or so trying to find and edit a single image, I will still not like the results. It is frustrating to spend so much time with so little to show for it.

Well this week I was saved. No more hours of frustration trying to find images and edit them.

Now I use a simple, little WordPress plugin called FotoPress.

This thing is a cool tool.

Each time you add a page or post to your WordPress site, you just click this little button in your WordPress dashboard. The red arrow is pointing to the FotoPress button. You do not even have to leave WordPress to do any of this.

This screenshot shows the FotoPress button within the WordPress edit screen.

You then simply type in what kind of picture you’re looking for and it searches multiple sites for royalty free images you can use.

Then, and this is the best part… it lets you edit the image right in your browser with no external tools necessary.

See the image of that jail cell at the top of the page?

I made it with FotoPress in 3 minutes flat.

To show you how simple this really is, and that even a photoshop failure like myself can do it, I am going to add another image right now.

I’ll tell you how long it took me as soon as I post the image. Here goes…

Bam! I found that image and added my text in 4 minutes flat. It could have been done in less time, but I added an image description and “alt-tag” for Search Engine Optimization purposes.

Home business office picture showing office desk and chair.

 

This is so much fun, I’m going to do another one…

My alternate home office

That one took me 3 minutes. I added the words to the image. Super easy!

I could go on and on about how cool it is, but instead, I think I’ll just add some more pictures of some of my favorite things, for your viewing pleasure…

Multnomah Falls Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

If you have epic struggles with images like I did, or if you just want to save time and money, grab this plugin before the creator hikes the price again.
Here’s a demo…

YouTube Video

If you have any questions or comments, please fill in the form below. I would love to help.

    Glen Palo

    As a small business owner with his own tax preparation services business, Glen Palo expanded his business to the internet. He is the former publisher of the "Today's Network Marketer" ezine and author of numerous articles. His articles include “How to Market on the Internet for Free” and “Tax Saving Tips for the Self-Employed.”

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