An image helps to keep readers to be engaged
In my post on Writing Content, I mentioned about the 4 rules for a Quality Content, which are :
- Easy and pleasant to read.
- A captivating title and headings
- A comprehensive factual information about the product/ service
- SHOW people, not just telling them, using relevant images/ pictures within your content. People are very VISUAL by nature, the more pleasing it is to the eye, the more interesting your content will be and the more people are going to read it … An image/ picture absolutely helps to keep your readers to be engaged, and people that engage in your content will convert.
People are very VISUAL by nature, the more pleasing it is to the eye, the more interesting your content will be and the more people are going to read it …
Don’t get sued for the unauthorized use of an image
For many newbies, when they want to use an image in their website means just go to Google, type in a keyword in Google Image Search, find an image they liked and copy/paste the image to their website. Well let me tell you … that is exactly the WRONG way to get images.
Most of these images are COPYRIGHTED where you have to pay for their usage authorization. Unfortunately when newbies start creating their first websites they don’t understand the legal aspect of image copyright violation and unintentionally become guilty of accidentally stealing images. Be VERY careful not to simply grab and use any image that you come across online and post it to your website just like that if you don’t have permission to use that image, or you’ll be in trouble getting sued for the unauthorized use of such an image.
Here is how you do Image Search for your content … Play it safe and use a Usage Rights filter (you can filter your search for images that are either licensed for reuse through Creative Commons or are in the public domain) in Google Image Search to find pictures licensed for reuse.
On the Usage Rights section, change the setting from the default “Not filtered by license” to one of the other options at the dropdown menu and specify Your Filter Settings.
To give you an idea, here is an example : Say that you want to have an image of a computer → type in the word computer in the search box.
Click on the Tools menu.
Click on Usage rights then select the dropdown menu that offers 5 choices/options to specify your filter settings.
- Not filtered by license: By default, Google Image Search shows you images without regard to copyright or licensing. Before you take these images, make sure that you first change this default setting and select/click one of the options below that you wish to use. The page then refreshes to include only the respective images that is filtered according to your settings. Make sure you still read the exact terms and conditions for each image on the original website.
- Labeled for reuse with modification: Allows you to reuse the image commercially or noncommercially, as long as you modify
- Labeled for reuse: This is the broadest setting. Allows you to reuse the image commercially or non-commercially as-is.
- Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification: Allows you to reuse the image for noncommercial purposes, as long as you modify it.
- Labeled for noncommercial reuse: Allows you to reuse the image for non-commercial purposes as-is.
In all of these options, you should always give authors attribution (mention the source or the original author of the content) when using their images, as authors of the images should be appreciated/recognized for their efforts.
Other Image Resources
There are also MANY more image resources /databases /directories on the internet besides Google Image that you can go to, just to name 5 of them are :
Yahoo Image Search
Free Media Goo
Keep in mind, NOT all images are free to use, you’ll need to search and find the images that are okay to use. Be absolutely sure that they are not in copyright territory.
Royalty Free Is Not Free
Be also aware of the term Royalty Free. Royalty Free does not actually mean free website images … It does not mean that the image is free to use without payment or permission of some kind. Instead it means that you have to purchase rights for using the image on your website and you won’t have to pay royalties anymore every time the image is viewed for the next times to come.
It is 100% wrong to think that it is okay to use royalty free images as long as you gave attribution to the author of the image.
FREE images for your website
The safest way what a newbie who is looking for an image can do, is find a directory that has images which you can use for 100% FREE. By doing this you don’t risk getting sued for copyright violation. Fortunately there are many website resources of FREE images/pictures and clip art.
Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licenced Images
Images that are licensed or fall under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence are absolutely the most FREE for you to use all over the world, without any copyright issues. That means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose, where you can copy, modify, distribute any photo on the site, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission! So, attribution is not required.
Here are some high quality web resources for images with a CCO License that you can use freely :
My Stock Photos
When you place images on your web pages and posts, be advised that they are either in the center or on the right side. Don’t disrupt the left edge of content with an image for the normal progression of reading sake.
Notification: Affiliatemarketingnewcomer.com is not responsible for any instance, when someone downloads an image from these websites for usage on their website.
At the time of this posting, these resources provide users with 100% free images. However this is subject to change whenever the website owners decide to change their rules. So always review and read the copyright information with each image, to save you from a headache later.
Should you have any questions or feedbacks on “Image Search”, you are very welcome to leave them below.