by Shelley Webb | Featured Contributor
Stop it! I have seen too many people served with unexpected “bills” and/or lawsuits for using images that held copyrights. Many folks assume that the images found in Google Images are there for the picking, but that is very untrue.
About 90% of these images hold copyrights and companies such as Getty Images are monitoring the web daily to find out who is using their images without permission. Even giving attribution for the image does not mean that you have permission to use it.
Additionally, sharing images on Facebook could get you and future “sharers” into trouble, as well.
So what’s a blogger to do? Where can affordable images be found that are available for use on blogs and other business materials?
One of the best ways is to use your OWN images. The development of smart phone cameras and the introduction of Instagram and many of the Instagram-related text-to-pic apps make this really easy. Plus you’ll get the added benefit of crediting yourself as the photographer.
Some great apps for creating text images are Tweegram, Instaword, Instawords, Phonto, Instaquote, Expressgram and VintaFrame (for creating collages of images).
There are also several royalty-free sites on which to find images. Some are free to use; others aren’t. Some of my favorites are Morguefile.com and sxc.hu/(free), and Clipart.com. Depositphotos.com and Thinkstockphotos.com (all of which have reasonably priced subscription plans). iStock photos are also of very good quality but a little more pricey.
Be sure to read the user agreement on each photo that you choose, because there are varying degrees of allowance for many of them.
You can also add text to the images you find on royalty-free sites by using Pixlr.com and PicMonkey.com. These are just two examples.
By adding the name of your website to an image, and pinning it from your website to one of your Pinterest boards, you have an instant advertisement and when it is repinned, the name of your website is front and center for all to see. HINT: when adding an image to your blog post, populate the “alt tag” portion with the words that you’d like to have populated when someone pins the image to Pinterest. The pinner might change it… but they might not.
Hopefully I have given you enough resources to use in order to keep you from being tempted to ever use a Google image again.
If you have any favorite image editing sites or apps, I’d love to hear about them.
Shelley Webb - Social Influence Expert
Having worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years, Shelley suddenly found herself as the soul caregiver to her father who suffered from dementia. She began writing a blog in order to support other caregivers and just by using the power of social media, rose from a simple nurse to an award winning blog owner, “social media rockstar”, sought after speaker and expert writer for Dr. Oz.
People began asking her if she had a publicity agent. Her response: “social media is my publicity agent”. Soon, requests for social media assistance came flooding in and so in January of 2012, Shelley founded On The Webb Social Media Services.
Born in Canada, raised in southern California, she currently resides in a small town in northern Idaho with 2 dogs, 2 tortoises and about 35 chickens.
On The Webb Social Media blog
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Twitter: @ShelleyWebbCSO and @ShelleyWebbRN
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