- How to Find & Add Images to Your Website
Images, likely one of the most confusing and scary aspects of building a website for folks. To be honest, there is no reason to feel like this. Within this training I am going to show you some of the most popular sources of "creative commons zero" images for your website.
CC0 (Creative Commons ZERO) sites in essence means the images are full public domain and you can use the images how you like. They do not require attribution, and they can also be used for commercial use.
Here are some of the top CC0 websites that you can leverage.
One thing you can do to find the "full purpose" (ie, no rules) images, is to do a search in Google:
"I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." + type_of_image
In this case, if I was searching for a picture of a raspberry, I would search:
"I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." + raspberry
You can do this with any type of image and you will get a list of images that are in public domain.
I also walk you through taking "screen captures" for your website. To do this, you can use the following software:
- SnagIt (30 day free trial, and often times free older versions)
- Droplr (completely free)
- Print Screen (on PC) or Apple + Shift + 4 (on Mac)
Taking Your Own Photos
Almost all of us have a camera these days attached to our smartphone or tablet. This is a perfect opportunity to take photos of ANYTHING. If you are in the dieting niche, you don't have to go further than your fridge to get some high quality images of food. If you are in the "dog training" industry, take a picture of dogs when you are out and about. Electronics, go to your local electronics stores and start snapping away on products you want to review and put on your website.
You take the picture, you OWN the picture and rights to that. Make use of this technique, it is very powerful.
Using Paid Images
I also tend to use "paid" images sites, sites in which you can just search and buy an image for usually less than $1 per image (you can get cheaper with subscriptions). One of the main sites I recommend with super high quality images is..
You can use these images several times throughout your websites after you buy them, there typically are not royalty fees for ever use of the image.
Inserting Images into Your Website
I also walk you through the process of uploading and inserting these images into your Wordpress website.
If you have any questions about "images", please leave your comments below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
If you are planning on using any other type of images on your website, using trademarked images, product images, or otherwise, you can get insight into the fair use policies that are set out under copywrite law for images. You can get full details here.
Earlier on, prior to this lesson, I tried inserting an image into the website home page itself, and it did not work out so great. I dominated the entire page and was blocking out the text. So I ended up taking it out, Is the process the same for both, inserting an image to the homepage as it is inserting one into your content or post?
Thanks in advance for any clarification you, or anyone, can offer.
Louie and Gigi
Not sure exactly how you went about inserting your image. However, here is a tutorial that may help you: Featured Images If you deem your image needs resizing BEFORE uploading to your posts or pages, the following tutorial may offer you help with doing that: How to Resize Images on a Windows PC Hope this helps you.
Sorry, not much help. Here's a webinar on styling that might help out. Styling Elements for Increased Conversions
At this point, I'd still be focusing mostly on content creation. Although you want your site to look the way you want it, not as important as traffic for now.
Not sure if I should get a blog theme or a shop-type theme.
I honestly don't think it's that important at this moment. I was looking around your site and it's a nice theme for now. You seem to only have about 4 pages and a post.
So for now, I wouldn't even worry about a theme change or adding whatever extra stuff you want.
Content, Content, Content!!! is the key at this stage. Your goal should be 2-3 post per week about your theme topics or product reviews.
There's a ton of info to target based on your niche, forget theme for now, produce content.
You can use Google Instant plus the free Keyword Tool here to figure out low competition phrases that are easier to rank.
The focus on providing quality content related to the keyword phrase. You can even use the new Content Writer in Site Rubix to make sure your content is structured so that it will be optimized for search engines and easy for your readers to follow.
Then keep doing that. Focus on your content and helping people for now. Don't worry about putting any money making affiliates or programs until you get this aspect down and are bringing in consistent traffic.
Hope that helps,