Why You Should Have Images On Your Blog Posts

Blog ImagesThe headline of your blog post is extremely important because it is the first thing that a reader looks at in your post. This reason why blogs like Copyblogger have written complete courses on topics like How To Write Magnetic Headlines.

In this way your post’s image is the second most important aspect of your blog post as a reader usually looks at it after reading your headline.

The main job of a good headline and a good image is to delve the reader further in. They both supplement each other. If one remains somehow weak the other one can counter-balance it and can keep the reader interested. Stay up to date with stock image community to find newest stock photos.

Below I have discussed some reasons how important images are in your blog posts.

1. Images can arouse curiosity and hence make people read your posts

The headline didn’t interest me at all but the image did. I’m not saying I like pornography, but I was very much curious to know that what on earth is a naked woman doing on a decent blog like Copyblogger? To find the answer I had to read the entire blog post.

Personally speaking I don’t like such tricks. But it serves as a good example to explain how images can arouse curiosity and convert the browser into a reader. You can think of something better.

2. They can help you create a theme

Some bloggers use only certain special types of images or only certain special types of colours in their images to match the theme of their blog.

One great example of this is ViperChill.com. The blog owner, Glen Allsopp, has used only certain types of white men throughout his blog. This creates a nice theme and makes his blog stand out of the crowd.

The idea is successfully striking a chord with his readers because he has listed the question:
“Where do you get the little white men?” in the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

3. Images help people remember your posts

How many times has it happened to you that you can remember the logo of a particular company but cannot remember its name? Many times. Right? The same is true for me. The human mind tends to remember and recognize images more easily than text material. The said incident is a fitting example of this phenomenon.

Therefore using images in your blog posts will make your posts memorable.

4. Images make the posts user friendly

Sitting before a computer and reading for hours can be very tedious and can cause your eyes and head painful. People who have tried to read a 300 paged book as a PDF know how painful it can be. This is the reason why Kindle uses a special eye friendly technology to enable easy book readability. Reading a lot of text on computer will cause problems. Images will not completely eliminate these problems but will certainly reduce them. Remember images can also help you to generate some traffic if they are optimized.

If you are writing a very long blog post (more than 1500 words or so) then you must use images to save your reader from boredom. Also check these websites for Copyright And Royalty Free Photos for your blog posts.

IMAGE CREDIT : ADAM BAKER [FLICKR]

Features And Leaked Images Of Digg V4 (Beta)

DiggDigg is one of the most popular social bookmarking sites on the internet founded by Kevin Rose. Digg is going under complete make over and we are expecting a beta version. Invites were sent to some lucky people recently.

The new upcoming Digg version 4.0 is believed to get more social integration and it changes the way stories are promoted to the Digg homepage. In this article I shared some of the leaked images and new features of beta version of Digg, Digg V4.

If you want to use the Digg V4, you can check the procedure to apply it.

Leaked Images :

Thumbnail Screenshot :

Diggv4 Thumbnail

Digg Top News :

Digg-V4-Homepage

Some Key Features of Digg Beta :

  • Has onboarding process which enables the users to follow their friends, tastemakers and publishers.
  • New homepage called My News which has all the stories dugged by your friends.
  • Users will be able to see the comments in the homepage.
  • Features a leaderboard showing you the hottest news dugg by your friends on digg.
  • Users can automatically import stories from other social networks and websites via RSS.

Do you expect any other new features from Digg V4? Please share it in the comments. Meanwhile, if you want quick updates, you can subscribe to our RSS Feeds.

Host Images Of WordPress Blog In Subdomain

Hosting images of your site in another subdomain is one of the best ways to improve the loading speed of your website. Last week, I spend some hours (or minutes) doing this.

If your pages contain more than one image then you should host those images in another domain. By this, the browser will be able to download those images in parallel with your main domain. It will reduce the concurrent connection.

WordPress does not support hosting images in different domain. But fortunately, it supports and allows you to host images in a subdomain. This article is about how to host your website post images in a subdomain along with the old images that were hosted in the main domain.

Create A Subdomain For Keeping The Images

To create a subdomain you need to use your domain control panel. The procedure for creating a subdomain depends on respective hosting provider; normally it is not a tedious task.

You can create your desired subdomain. But image or images or img recommended! 🙂 Create a folder with name “Images”.

Change The Default Image Uploads Folder In WordPress

Log-in to your WordPress dashboard. Now go to Settings | Miscellaneous. For WordPress 3.0.1, Go to Settings | Media.

Subdomain-images

It should be like this,

Store uploads in this folder : Images

Full URL path to files : http://img.yourdomain.com

Click on Save Changes. From now onwards, whenever you upload images, it will be stored in the subdomain img.yourdomain.com

Update The Old Images Location

Now you have updated the upload location of your post images, but what about the old post images? You can’t change the location of all the old images one by one. That’s a tedious task.

First download all the images in the folder /uploads/ and upload them into the folder Images.

Now we have to perform a simple SQL query on your database. You need to use your phpMyAdmin for executing this.

Go to phpMyAdmin and the click on the SQL tab.

phpMyAdmin

Now put the following query in the box

UPDATE wp_posts SET guid = REPLACE(guid,’http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-content/uploads/’,’http://images.yourdomain.com/’)

Click on GO. This query is capable of replacing “http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-content/uploads/” with “http://img.yourdomain.com/” in all the images location URLs.

Hurray! Now you have completed the process almost 95%. Considering the images Google crawled and indexed, we have to redirect the old image URLs to new image URLs.

In order to do that, add the following line in your .htaccess file (What is .htaccess?)

P.S. Backup your .htaccess file before implementing.

RedirectMatch 301 ^/wp-content/uploads/(.*)$ http://images.yourdomain.com/$1

Now you are done, perfect!

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40+ Websites For Copyright And Royalty Free Photos

Basically I’m an image hunter. I love creative and innovative images. I admire those images very much and I spend most of the time hunting for my blog post images. In this article I mentioned about 40+ websites where you can get copyright and royalty free images for your blog posts. Make sure you don’t misuse the images. Make proper use of the images and play it safe.

Copyright free1. Google Image Search : Google Image Search is the comprehensive image search on the web.  But they also contain copyrighted images. So play it safe. Also try Google Similar Images (Labs)

2. Stock Exchange : SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to those who need them free of charge. It contains over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30,000 photographers!

3. Flickr : Flickr is an image and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community platform. It is better to give Image Credits to the Flickr Users.

4. Pixabay : Pixabay.com is a sharing platform for quality public domain images. Pixabay provides around 65,000 photos, illustrations, and vector graphics free of copyrights that may be used without attribution for any application (Creative Commons CC0 dedication exclusively)

5. Getty Images : Getty Images offers high-quality, diverse and relevant stock photos, stock footage, stock music and editorial images for creative professionals

6. Morgue File : Morgue File contains high-resolution stock photography images free for either corporate or private use.

7. Compfight : Compfight makes good use of the flickr™ API. But it is not affiliated with flickr™ though.

8. Image * After : They provide free high resolution images and textures for commercial and personal use. Daily additions. Free hi-res stock photography, with abstract graphics search.

9. Open Photo : Open Photo is an open network of photographers consisting of pictures of animals, nature, landscape, architecture, still life, and technology.

10. Bigfoto : Bigfoto provides free download of all pictures with a link or reference. Most of the photos are from amateur photographers.

11. StockVault : Stockvault.net is a stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their stock photos and images.

12. Deviantart : Deviantart is a community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry/prose and Art Prints.

13. FreeFoto : FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required).

14. Free Images : Free images is a high quality resource of digital stock photographic images for use by all. All images in their collection are free to use on websites and printed materials.

15. Image Temple : Image Temple provides free royalty free images for personal and commercial use.

16. FreeMediaGoo : FreeMediaGoo was created for developers by developers. The content provided by them is royalty free. No need for annoying links and no limits to the amount of images you can use.

17. Woophy : Woophy stands for WOrld Of PHotographY, a website founded by a Dutch collective of photo aficionados and internet designers who believe navigation on internet can be more visual, logical and associative.

18. Cyclo : Cyclo.ps is an easy to use royalty free stock photo search engine. It is a one-stop shop for all of your stock photography needs.

19. Free Pixels : FreePixels offers free high resolution stock photos for use in both personal and commercial design projects.

20. Vintage Pixels : Vintage Pixels is a large database of historical, high quality, free-for-use images which allows people to share their archived photos.

21. Photogen : Photogen provides free, quality stock photography for both commercial and personal use. Their images are not for resale or redistribution. Please read their terms of use before downloading.

22. Kavewall : Kavewall provides free Stock Photos, Images and Textures. They have different kind of categories to search images.

23. FreeLargePhotos : You may use these images for your personal use if you note the source: © Copyright 2009 [name of photographer], FreeLargePhotos.com. If you use them on a web site, link to this site.

24. Open Stock PhotographyOpen Stock Photography is mashup created to help designers find free stock photography (or public domain photography).

25. Free Range Stock : Free Range Stock provides free stock photography for commercial or non-commercial use. High-resolution stock images and textures for FREE.

26. Free Stock Photography : Free Stock Photography is an open and royalty-free gallery that contains many high resolution free images.

27. Bing Image Search : Excellent competitor to Google Image Search. It is also a comprehensive image search on the web.  But they also contain copyrighted images. So play it safe.

28. Yahoo! Image Search : Google’s greatest competitor ever I can say. Yahoo! Image Search also has all the top features.

29. Free Digital Photos : Free Digital Photos provides thousands of royalty free photos for instant download. For commercial and non-commercial use. No registration required.

30. Aarin Free Images : Aarin Free Photo offers digital images absolutely free. They also provide Web Design tips to help you with ideas and image manipulation.

31. Free Photograph Networks : The Free Photographs Network is an online resource for royalty-free stock photographs for non-commercial use by the webmaster community.

32. PD Photo : PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use.

33. Animation Factory : Animation Factory provides you PowerPoint Templates, PowerPoint Backgrounds, Animated Clip Art and Video Backgrounds for use in web, email, and so on.

34. Big Stock Photo : Big Stock Photo provides true royalty-free stock images. They also provide many high resolution images.

35. Corbis Images : Corbis provides Royalty-Free and Rights Managed stock images for editorial and commercial applications, including iconic, historical, archival, and so on.

36. Dreamstime : Stock photography community providing high quality stock photos and stock images. Free photos added weekly.

37. Jupiter Images : Jupiter Images has over 500000 new Royalty-Free Stock photography images and photos. It is a subsidiary of Getty Images.

38. Matton Images : Provider of Royalty Free Stock Photography. Find an extensive library of digital Stock Photos as Single Images, CDs, available for direct download.

39. Mooch Images : Mooch Images offers contemporary stock photography covering all aspects of travel.

40. Photocase : Photocase is a royalty free stock photography community. Photocase photos are available to purchase for royalty-free use in commercial and non-commercial purposes.

41. Fotolia : Fotolia allow you to buy and sell royalty-free stock photos on. Affordable royalty-free stock photos, cheap stock images and stock pictures.

42. PhotoSpin : PhotoSpin has lot of Stock Photography. Your source for stock photos, illustrations, fonts, clip art and illustrations.

43. Shuttershock : Shuttershock provides you millions of high resolution royalty free images, stock photos, vector art, and stock photography.

44. Wallpaperstock : Wallpaperstock provides you free stock photos, free desktop wallpapers, backgrounds and so on.

45. Picapp : Picapp provides you the best stock photography images and pictures for your blog or website, royalty-free. You can use them absolutely free of cost by giving a back link. (Thanks Himanshu)

46. FreePhotosBank : Any photos/pictures posted by the author “freephotosbank” are free to use as long as you are using them for a website, book, magazine, etc. You cannot download our photos to sell as is or modified from any source. (Thanks Sunny Bhasin)

47. EveryStockPhoto : Everystockphoto.com is a license-specific photo search engine. Currently they index and search millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, and present them in an integrated search. (Thanks Sunny Bhasin)

48. Free Range Stock : Free stock photography for commercial or non-commercial use at freerangestock.com. High-resolution stock images and textures for FREE.

49. Photoxpress : PhotoXpress.com provides creative professionals a vast and legal image library for both personal and professional use. Sign up and download free stock images. (Thanks Jaspal, Mr.I and LT)

50. Ookaboo! : Ookaboo is a collection of free pictures, indexed by precise terms from the semantic web. All pictures on Ookaboo are in the public domain or are under Creative Commons — that means that you can use their pictures for your web site, classwork, or other creative projects!

Remember the images from the search engines may or may not be copyrighted, that is not for sure. After getting the required image, check the source and contact the webmaster. Find their terms or policies.

I think it will be hard to memorize all these websites, so you can bookmark it and if you want your friends to know these links, you can tweet about it! Cheers! 😉

If you know any other good site, please feel free to share here!

Inserting Image Feature Of Gmail

Earlier we saw the Undo Send feature of Gmail, now it is time for another one.

This too from Gmail Labs. Usually when we want to send images, we’ll send it as an attachment, right? These attachments are not seen on the email body. Those are old times.

Gmail Labs introduced another new feature Inserting Images in Gmail. You can directly insert the image in the body of the message.

Insert Images In Gmail
Go to Settings | Labs | Enable "Inserting Images" | Save Changes

Activating this new feature of Gmail Labs:

Go to your Gmail account | Settings | Labs | Enable Inserting Images Feature.

Click Save Changes.

Now whenever you create or compose a new message, you will see a button to insert a image, check the below screen shot to observe the changes.

You can notice a small icon present for Inserting Images
You can notice a small icon present for Inserting Images