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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 "royalty free" images for your website.

I am also going to be offering you two strategies for creating your very own images, covering the spectrum within absolutely any niche.

Royalty Free/Free Use Images

In this training I refer to a few different royalty free/commons images sites. These are:

Do note that just because images are on these sites does not mean they are copyright free. Some authors will want you to give them credit for the photo, some will give you "full purpose" access. This is an image on image basis.

And there are some CC0 (Creative Commons ZERO) sites, which essentially means the images are full public domain and you can use the images how you like.

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

Screen Captures

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)
  • 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.

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Isabellers Premium
Hi, just wondering how I can upload an image at the top of my site? I'm not sure what that type of image would be called, or how to drag it there. Is it a banner pic or header pic? Here is a link to my webpage -I want to insert a long horizontal image in the tile 'Empowered Seniors!' In the media section of Wordpress, it only give you the option to upload a background pic and that takes up the entire screen on that page. thank you for any help provided!!

http://supersmartseniors.com/
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Isabellers Premium
hi, someone replied to my above question but I accidentally deleted the response before I could read it.
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tmaltz Premium
Not sure, your sites coming along nicely. Sounds like a banner in the header section which can be done in appearances.

Sorry, not much help. Here's a webinar on styling that might help out.
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Isabellers Premium
thanks, I figured it out last night after a couple of hours! Now I am trying to figure out how to increase the font size/style on the tope menu (Navigation) as they are tiny and seniors (my niche target) would not be able to read the menu titles. Have tried installing Easy Google Fonts, then the What Font App, and the Firebug lite app. That didn't work, so then I tried search for the code in CSS directly, couldn't find it there either. This is certainly a learning experience!!!
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tmaltz Premium
Do have a free theme or paid theme. If paid, this is in appearances and you have control over every font in your site. I got a them about 5 months into this and it's also a learning curve, but not that hard and allows you much more freedom and creativity.

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.
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Isabellers Premium
Hi, yes it is a free theme and I found out there is no fixing it. So I will just switch to a paid theme once I get onto that upcoming lesson on how to switch themes : )
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tmaltz Premium
There you go. It's just another good step in the process forward. Let me know if you need any theme recommendations.
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Isabellers Premium
Sure, if you are up to it! www.supersmartseniors.com
Not sure if I should get a blog theme or a shop-type theme.

thanks!
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tmaltz Premium
I used MyThemeShops and they've been good to work with. Jay likes the Genisis by... can't remember, but he's got a webinar on it.

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.
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Isabellers Premium
Yes ,I agree. I am doing my first blog today. I need to get on that!
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tmaltz Premium
Your focus should be on keyword research to target you niche audience with something that they would be searching in Google.

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,
Todd
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LouisaB Premium
I am happy that you found your answer. I have learned a lot as well. Truly a learning experience.
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RayBergeron Premium
I would like to add an image to my home page header, or just below the header. I know how to add images to post on my home page but I can't figure out how to add an image to my page itself, like a logo or something beside the title of the site. Does anyone know how to do this? I would also like to have a "Home" tab on my main menu to bring me back to the home or opening page of my site.

Thanks,

Ray
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Triblu Premium
Hey Ray,

The following video tutorial will show you how to upload a logo to your website: https://youtu.be/GnDDQJxwTao

Hope this helps you.
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Stuart777 Premium
Hey Ray,

I just did this today, go into your site through your dashboard in wordpress, in the top right hand corner the best way to go in.

It will bring you to your website, but you will have a Wordpress task bar running across the top of your site. There is a section there called "Customize", go in and you will see a section for "Header" of your site. Click on that, then you can upload images from there and manipulate them to the way you want on your site.

My advice would be, to mess around in this area, to see what you feel is the best layout for your site from there.

Hope this helps?

Cheers Stuart
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RayBergeron Premium
Hey thanks Stuart, I will give this a go.

Ray
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Sftat Premium
Finding the images, editing them and inserting them is a breeze, but getting them to display properly is a problem. They look great when I edit them and in the edit mode when I publish, but online is a different matter. Some are blown way up and ugly when viewed online on a PC or a phone, and Tech Service has no cure but to contact the theme developer. Here is an example of the mess:
http://failsafeisolation.com/choose-your-life-boat

Have I chosen a "Bad Theme" from my WA theme selections? Any suggestions as to what I should do next to resolve this?
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billyghawaii Premium
It could be that the theme you chose is meant to be a fixed width across and yet you have it trying to dynamically fit in the available browser window. Try viewing it on the web and make your bowser size less than full screen. Now grab the bottom right corner of your browser window and resize it slowly ... doesn't the text creep around the displayed images as you make the browser window smaller? If yes than it is a dynamic theme.

But the thing to worry about is that large images doesn't give the text wiggle room so that it can look good on smaller window sizes. So you may need to make full size images smaller.

Hope this helps
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Sftat Premium
Thanks for that input and for the browser sizing trick. Unfortunately that experiment does show dynamic action, but shows no trouble with my widest images, just with some of the small ones. I have several wide (over 1100 px) images and 4 smaller ones under 400 px. I only have trouble with two of the smaller images, one of which is less than 190 px wide. As I vary the browser size, the text adjusts and the images keep doing what they were doing, bad or good.

Tech service gave me a contact with the theme developer, so I've thrown them the ball. Hope they don't blame EWWW Image Optimizer. That's probably what I would do :-)

Speaking of smaller window sizes, the problem is identical on the PC wide screen and the android phone in portrait orientation or landscape.

In any case, thanks a heap for your assistance. If the theme tech service folks don't come through soon I'll try another theme, while hoping that EWWW Image Optimizer has nothing to do with the issue.
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Darren69 Premium
I don't comment much since I'm so focused learning what I can with the free time that I have, but I have to say that since I joined WA, none of my free time has been wasted. The tutorials are excellent and with each lesson I get an AHA! moment. This one was definitely an eye opener.
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wealthwoman Premium
When I signed up for the Starter pkg. in 2012, I wanted to sign up for the Premium pkg. so I could keep going. WA can be a bit addicting.
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sjulien Premium
Most stock photo sites now require a buy-in to download images. They usually start around $15 to $30. Depending on the size and quality of the image, they charge you 1 to 5 credits or so to download the image. One of the best ones I found is CanStockPhoto.com. You can sign up for $9. Small photos are around 75 cents each. Fotolia.com is now Adobe Stock. They charge $30 for their buy-in. No longer a cheap option.
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donyutuc Premium
Thanks for this information, Sharon! You've passed me and you just joined! Awesome!

Cheers!
Don
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sjulien Premium
No problem! I've been a web designer for years, but I joined this community for the marketing and general support. Thanks for your feedback! :-)
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