There is more to adding an image to your website than you may think.

The first thing to do is search for images that you want to use on your site. Make sure you are using images that are totally free to use with no water marks of copy wrights.

Here are a few good places to find images.

http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com

https://pixabay.com

https://pablo.buffer.com

Once you find an image right click on it and click save image as. This will open your file manager. Change the file name to correspond with the image. The file name you give it now will be the title of the image when you upload it to your site.

Now it's time to Optimize your images.



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sns1977 Premium
Great training. Very direct and to the point. Very easy to understand. Thanks.
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Rich908 Premium
Thanks very much for that information .. I will save that under free images

RegardsRichard
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LouisaB Premium
Thank you for this information. I really enjoy Pixabay.
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phakacha8 Premium
Thanks for this great stuff. But wonder what must be done for those images already uploaded before this training.

Should those images be reuploaded to png and reinserted?
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drjec Premium
If the images that you have uploaded work on your site, they must be in a jpeg format so there is no need to change format to png.
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phakacha8 Premium
Thank you so much.
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Shweta10mg Premium
hi cathy i loved your instructions. i do have a question, how do we ensure the picture appears without having to click on it as a visitor to my own site , after logging out to preview it to public?
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alx909 Premium
Hi you shouldn't have to click on your images to view. They should always load automatically
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bosco50050 Premium
thanks for the training, Cathy. It helped understand the whole alt text matter..rgds
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BobBarr Premium
The purpose of alt text on an image is NOT to provide a place to put your keywords.

From a thoughtco article:

"What Is the ALT Attribute?

The alt attribute is an attribute of the img tag and is meant to be an alternative for non-visual browsers when they come across images.

This means, that the text is meant to be used when the image is not visible on the page. Instead, what is displayed (or read) is the alternative text."

Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/describing-images-for-better-web-accessibility-3466479
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Catwoman1459 Premium
This is correct but you should have a keyword in at least one images alt text of every post.

Most of my information come from Yoast.com

Google places a relatively high value on alt texts to determine what is on the image but also to determine the topic of surrounding text. This is why, in our Yoast SEO content analysis, we have a check specifically to see whether you have at least one image with an alt tag that contains your focus keyword.
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BobBarr Premium
I agree that keywords should be *part of* the alt text description. Including a keyword in an alt text description is perfectly fine.

It's very easy, though, to read point 2 in lesson 4 as saying that the *only* thing that needs to be put in alt text is the keyword.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thank you for pointing that out to me. I will go in and reword it.
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RoyMolyneux Premium
Thanks Cathy. These are great resources.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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JoanGC Premium
Excellent training. Thank you.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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DELJAR Premium
Excellent tutorial! This is definitely an icing on a cake for me. Thank you for sharing! :)
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thank you, I'm glad you found it to be helpful.
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startouched Premium
Great training. Thanks for sharing,
Kathy
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Glad you liked it!
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SadieChan Premium
Thanks Cathy for the training.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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GinaGo Premium
Hi Cathy, Thanks for the great tools!:) ~Gina
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome, happy to help!
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Dpiper Premium
I think you did a wonderful job! Thanks a lot.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thank you, glad you like my tutorial.
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joniluse Premium
2nd question: can i get the pic from my smartphone -- is that a 3rd question: given all this would you not advise me to take on a portfolia gallery template? is that too much ahead of me?jpeg size?
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You can Google anything to learn more. I found this article that may be helpful to you.
https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-change-cell-phone-pictures-to-jpeg
I suggest learning more about formatting images if you want to build a website about that.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
My goodness!!! I am soooooo glad I read this tutorial, Cathy!

I remember someone else talking about the importance of adding titles and descriptions for images, but I really appreciate how you gave not only the "what" to do but the "why". I started but never completed that process; you better believe that I'll be adding this to my "things to do" list for this week!

Everything makes sense, but I'm wondering: Would it be necessary to optimize the images that are already on my site? Adding the title and descriptions should be easy enough, I just don't want to go through any unnecessary steps.

I love the clarity of your tutorial, Cathy. Thank you!
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Catwoman1459 Premium
I'm glad you liked this tutorial and found it to be helpful. If I was you I would run a speed test on your site. If it is loading slowly you may end up having to optimize all your images, ugg! I know, what a pain. Here is a link to test your site. I may add this to the tutorial.
https://tools.pingdom.com/
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VeronicasLuv Premium
WOW!!! This has been a great Sunday in so many ways. I really appreciate this, Cathy! I'll test it out, and if it has to be done, I'll just bite the bullet, get some healthy snacks, and get it done.

This definitely gets added to my favorites!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
This is going to be a tedious process, Cathy. Apparently, I have to delete the image then reinsert it; if I attempt to edit the image from the post, it just shows caption and alt text. The URL, title, description and all the other options don't appear unless I'm doing something wrong.

Better late than never...
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Edit each image while you're in the media library. Then you can readd them. Unless you are going to optimize them first, then you will need to delete them from your media as well. Before you delete the images save them on your PC.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Yes, I have a separate folder just for my images that's saved on my PC. Thanks again, Cathy.
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brandonacox Premium
So do search engines see the description, too? I knew they saw alt= tags, but wasn't aware that the description box was helpful for SEO.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Adding a description to your image is like adding more content to your post.
I found this for you on Wix.
You can also add a description which should include more general details about the image. Search engines will associate the description with your image, and therefore a good quality description will contribute to the value of the image.

https://support.wix.com/en/article/internal-gallery-text-and-seo
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Cathy, leoemery has done a post with some more optimisation links. Here is the link to the post.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thanks, I have tried those too. I like Tiny PNG, but it's always good to have options.
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shazzaWA Premium
Thanks for those sites!
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Your welcome!
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joniluse Premium
I've been reading all your messages & tried to understand. this info is way behind me for right now. I am a newbiie on this whole pic stuff. I've been asking for help but to no avail. I definitely need to get my facebook pic to my profile page. Would you be willing to help? I would be greatful til the end of time.. I also want to know your advice given these circumstances of using a template with a photo gallery or is it going to be too difficult for me?
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kdimeo Premium
Hi Joni,
Click on your profile, which is located at the top of the screen next to your rank. Then click, "My profile" You will see a place to add an image or there is a button that allows you to use your FB image. Click that button and your FB picture will automatically upload. Crop it and check the box that says use as my profile picture. Then click save and continue. Your image will appear as your profile picture.
All the best!
Kathy
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joniluse Premium
that sounds really easy --yes. message i got was only can use jpg jpeg for formats. So how or where do i get those formats. if i take a new pic on my smart phone. I really want to have my shih tzu in my pic because that's my niche. Is that possible?
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Catwoman1459 Premium
When up upload an image choose jpg.
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WTucker1 Premium
a couple of those are only free for a month or less. It's not easy to find appropriate photos for your posts, at least ones that work for your subject
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Catwoman1459 Premium
hmm, I did not realize that. I just looked and can not find this info on those sites.
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ViperWA Premium
Thanks for the info. Can you explain your comment about amazon images further?

"Here is a tip for you, do not upload images from Amazon and add your own link to it. This is against their terms."

Does this mean we cannot upload a product image we downloaded from amazon and add an affiliate link? I am using amazon images, but not using amazon links on the images. Some of my images I am using internal links. The only images I am downloading from amazon and adding links to are the "Buy From Amazon" buttons. I am assuming the purpose of the Buy buttons are to use your affiliate links.

Viper
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Catwoman1459 Premium
That's correct, do not add your own link to the image. You can use a downloaded image as long as it is not linked to amazon. They want you to use the ads that they provide. Here is a blog I found about this.
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ViperWA Premium
Thank you for the reply.

The Amazon image thing is very confusing since that goes against what Kyle and Jay have communicated in their training. If we are not able to save images and upload them to our site, Jay's niche site (FootballSnackHelments) would be in violation with the football snack try images. It would be nice for Kyle and Jay to clarify this rule. I am just starting out and have a few mini niche sites in mind. All would feature downloading Amazon images of products. I believe most visitors would rather see visuals of a product rather than just text describing it. I would also think having local images would load faster than having linked images back to amazon.

Thanks for the post.

Viper
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ViperWA Premium
I forgot to mention a featured image on a post. Most of my images are featured images on a post. Is it even possible to link back to an amazon image for a featured image on a post?

Viper
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Catwoman1459 Premium
No, you can not link a featured image. So you can use a uploaded image from Amazon for your featured image. I'm not sure what training you are referring to. Are you sure they aren't using the image only code that Amazon gives us?
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ViperWA Premium
Live Niche Case Study Series for Football Snack Helmets, see the 3rd Video in series at 3:20 - "downloaded all the team helmets from Amazon"

I am wondering if Amazon changed their policies since that video series was posted back in 2015. If that is the case, I completely understand. Just started down a path building out a niche website, purchased a theme focused on the feature images downloaded from Amazon, and now discovered I cant use the site as intended. Just frustrated.

Viper
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thanks for the info. I am going to dig deeper into this and see what I find.
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eatsoap Premium
Image File Name = The ONE & ONLY place for keyword in image

Why? Only robots see this part, it's perfect for SEO purposes.


Title, Alt text & Description should be used to improve customers experience purely - To describe image.
It's a front-end that benefits readers.

..or, to attribute it properly & to link it back to original source, if it's licensed as not free for all image / have to give credit to author.
If keyword happens to fit in there to describe images, it's okay, but to intentionally plant it there, no.

There's a massive fuss going on about images.
It's all over the place.
Everyone is always telling a different story.

Just trying to help (:

Regards,
Henry
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Yes, I agree there is a massive fuss about this. I have based my information on what I found on Google Webmaster Tools and Yoast.
The alt attribute is used to describe the contents of an image file. It's important for several reasons:
It provides Google with useful information about the subject matter of the image. Google uses this information to help determine the best image to return for a user's query.
https://support.google.com/webmasters

Here is another site that I have found some good info on.

Search engines, particularly Google claims that they only focus on alt tag as a ranking factor for images. However, this does not mean that they completely ignore the title attribute. Try adding different texts in both attributes using keywords that describe your images.

http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/image-alt-text-vs-image-title-in-wordpress-whats-the-difference/

I guess the fuss continues. Thank you for sharing your point of views.
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Marketboom Premium
I agree Cat! Alt tags are as powerful as the file name.

I have moved many keywords to first page by tweaking alt tags. It's so cool when that happens. Now I have a multi seo and lead generation tool that analyzes my sites and shows me which pages of photos need optimized. I have just found out that one site is probably going to move up from 95% total seo optimized to a 100% once I get those photos named, alt tagged and sized. Note: Google loves FAST page loads ;)
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Catwoman1459 Premium
That's great, I am doing much better too since I switched to Yoast.
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eatsoap Premium
Thanks Cat (:

To get the complete picture, these are some really solid, trustworthy sources to learn about this subject.

Thumbs up from me & thanks for taking your time to share them.


It's kinda ironic, how google helps us a lot, how to improve our results meanwhile..
..they won't show their complete algorithms how things are done behind the scenes so to speak.

Fuss or no fuss, one thing is clear - File name, title or alt tag - non of those should be ignored (:

Let's keep testing to find out what works & what works even better

Henry
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Marketboom Premium
I've never used Yoast but one day I ran into Webfire and it was like a marriage made in heaven. Every time I use it something good happens for my businesses.
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KatyaColvin Premium
Great training. Short and to the point. Thank you!
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Glad you enjoyed my tutorial.
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jtaienao Premium
Great training. Thanks Cathy.
Jerome
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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CarolE1 Premium
Great training, Cathy. Question do you use any optimizing plugin like WP Smush. I use that instead of the tinypng site. Is that okay and enough to optimize my images?
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Catwoman1459 Premium
I don't know much about that plugin but I would rather have fewer plugins. If there is another way to accomplish the same task without adding a plug I'll go for it.
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joekeriii Premium
Great training Cathy.
Thanks!
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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drcmaint Premium
This is good, thanks for this.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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Thanks for the great training Cathy.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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Thank you, I love informative blogs that are useful.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome, glad you found it to be informative.
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That is really helpful. Thank you :)
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome, happy to help!
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RD40 Premium
Great stuff! Thanks for the training!
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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albert22 Premium
Good stuff, And very helpful. Thanks -
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome, happy to help!
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AGOgden Premium
Very welcome information, Cathy...ALL of us appreciate it...thanks...
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Glad you liked it. :)
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MichaelGB Premium
Great information, thank you Cathy.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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Chad81 Premium
Fantastic training and great info, Cathy. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be using TinyPNG from now on.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
I'm glad you found this tutorial to be helpful.
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RichBrennan Premium
Very useful info, Cathy - thanks for sharing :-)
Cheers
Rich
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're very welcome.
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AlexEvans Premium
A very good training Cathy very helpful thank you so much.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome, glad you found it to be helpful. :)
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DPissy Premium
Thanks for this information as very useful to me.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome, glad you found it to be useful.
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Thanks for information
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You are welcome.
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Thanks. :)
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome. :)
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Tirolith Premium
That is what I call Well Done, Thank You Cathy.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome and thanks for the wonderful compliment! :)
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Natz01 Premium
Hi Cathy, thanks for sharing.

Just one question - why do we need to do the Tiny PNG step at all? What does that process add of value, instead of just downloading the image without using it?

Thanks

Natalie
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thanks for asking this question, I see I left it out. I have just added it to the tutorial.
Optimizing your images will save bandwidth and loading time, helping to make your site load faster.
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Natz01 Premium
Thank you!
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sinwm Premium
Great training. Thanks for sharing, Cathy
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome, glad you liked it! :)
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ChrisShouse Premium
Awesome training, thank you :)
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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kdimeo Premium
Hi Cathy,
Thank you for this very timely information. I was just reading about this very topic earlier today and my brain short circuited! Your explanation was very simple and easy to follow. I am going to add this to my favorites for later reference. You mentioned using a program called Tiny PNG. Is this a free service, or do you need to pay to use it? If so, how much? Thanks for your help!
Kathy
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Catwoman1459 Premium
I'm glad you liked this tutorial. Yes, Tiny PNG is totally free to use.
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ThomasPye Premium
Thank you for sharing. Much Appreciated. I saved this.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
You're welcome!
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MKearns Premium
Great info!
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Thanks!
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