A Different Approach To Blogging
The onset of the digital world has allowed many of us to express our views freely. The options for doing this are our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, etc. or creating a blog of our own or even a website. Every writer seeks an audience, and we are no different. We want our posts to be found and read by maximum people. This increases our digital footprint and provides a much wider reach than it is physically possible.
Add to this the fact that you can also earn from your blog and the potential seems immense. If you can find a way to put your thoughts out there and earn for it, it sounds fantastic indeed. So are you one of those who has started blogging? Have you started tracking the traffic to your site? Are you trying to make your blog more visually appealing, so that visitors are attracted to it? In this write-up, we attempt to answer these queries for you.
Spice It Up With Graphics
Yes, indeed, it is normal human behavior that if you ask people to read through pages of information, they tend to get distracted and lose appeal in the urge to finish.
So the idea to attract and retain visitors is to mix up your blog posts with an optimum amount of visuals and infographics too.
You would be surprised at the wide variety of free tools that allow you to create highly effective, powerful and engaging infographics.
Data is usually represented best when done through infographics. It conveys the information in a crisp and nice manner that allows readers to grasp instantly. Apart from this, you may be wondering about where to find good, free images that can be used in your blogs.
Here are a few tips on where to find high quality images that span across the many topics that you may want to post upon.
Considering that it is not highly advanced or has a vast amount of pages you may think that Unsplash is not the one. However, the fact is that it provides you a ‘do whatever you want” license without having to worry about copyright issues at all. That is what makes it a hit among bloggers. A simple search throws a good amount of photos from which you can choose to copy, use and modify even for commercial purposes.
This one happens to be one of the best options available out there for bloggers to find images. The key here is to boil down to the exact keyword for which you want to search images. Its powerful search tool gives you awesome results to choose from. You can even search and save the images size wise, thereby saving time.
StockSnap is a good place to search for images, and it gives options since images keep being added every week. The search box allows you to search by date, trends; relevance, the number of views or number of downloads. What’s more, the popular searches are listed on the home page as links for easy access. Each search will give you enough results from which you can have your pick.
This is known for its high quality images and is a much sought after option. The search provides you a decent amount of options to choose from, and you can clearly feel the difference in quality as compared to the other free options available.
This beautiful service provides you options for searching for images or even emailing them to your inbox. The ‘7 free beautiful photos every 7 days’ option is right on top on their website, and if you type in your email id, you get them week after week. That’s a big help, but in case you still want to search for something specific that is not in there, you can get back to the search option too. The search provides you great options to choose from.
6. Life of Pix
The tagline here says it all – free high-resolution photography. All available photos are free for personal and commercial use, and new images are added every week. The lack of quantity is certainly made up by the quality in this case as each and every photo is of high resolution.
This one gives you free stock photos and has email subscription option to deliver photos to your inbox. The home page lists popular tags for easy selection if you want to narrow down your search. The topics are wide-reaching, and it amazes you. If you feel it is worthwhile, you can go for the premium paid membership as well.
An interesting way to make your blog visually more appealing is to add screenshots to it. But it is better to find some application that will allow you to take good screenshots in simple, easy steps so that they are more effective. This is one such tool with which you can try out options and see what you come up with. Interestingly it allows you to capture the screenshot either in full or in part. It also allows for an annotation to make the screenshots more explanatory.
The name is self-explanatory and what you get with this website is access to some vintage photos from public archives. This one provides you options to search for those kinds of photos that transport you to the bygone eras. It is to be noted that the photos are only meant for personal use and not for commercial purposes.
10. Create Your Own
Though all the above mentioned sites may collectively provide you enough photos and images to go by, it is always better to stick to your own if you can. Most of us are enabled with decent smartphones nowadays, and it is best to put the camera to use. This can prove to be a very satisfying hobby as well apart from the fact that you can use these photos on your blogs and social media posts. Combine this with a few photo editing apps or tools, and you may come away with winners more often than not!