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How To Put Pictures On A Website That Are Free

how to put pictures on a website

If you want to know how to put pictures on a website, I will explain how to do this here. I will be dealing with a WordPress website or blog, because that is what I am accustomed to working on.

Did you know that even If you don’t have your own pictures, you can get many quality images for free on the internet and I will explain just how to do this?

Why Put Images On A Website

Placing relevant images on your blog or website is very important, as people love pictures or images, and if you have a lot of content that is not broken up with interesting and relevant images, you could lose your audience.

Remember when you are blogging, your main aim should be to attract people to actually read your content. The more interesting and appealing your content is and looks, the better you will rank on the search engines, and thus more people will visit your site.

Think of your site as a shop. You need to attract customers by making your shop look attractive, and without images, this just won’t happen, as your shop will look boring and your visitors will just move onto the next website or shop.

store front

How To Get Pictures For Your Website

There are a number of ways to do this:

  • Purchase stock photos
  • Get images from Google
  • Get free images off Pixabay
  • Get free images in Site Content
  • Take your own photos

How To Purchase Stock Photo’s

There are a number of sites online that sell great quality photo’s that can be used for your website.

Here are just a few:

Shutterstock

Megapixl

Adobe

iStockphoto

You can purchase photographs on any of the sites above and the pricing is not too bad. I only use this option on occasion when I need a really stunning picture that I can’t find anything close to for free.

How To Get Images Off Google

First, go to google.com

In the search box type in the word that describes the photo’s you want.

When Google displays a list of sites, at the top of the page click on Images.

You will see a whole lot of images pop up, but do not use these as most of them will be copyright.

Click on Tools and then underneath on Usage Rights.

Under Usage Rights click on Labelled for Reuse.

The pictures that come up now should be fine to use on your website.

picture of a catThis is a picture I got in this method with the search keyword being ‘cats.’

You can either drag the images to your desktop or save them as…..

How To Get Free Images Off Pixabay

Go to Pixabay.

In the search box type what you want a picture of for instance grumpy cats or cute dogs.

Pixabay will then give you a selection of both free and paid images and you can take your pick.

I usually drag the picture of choice to my desktop and then back into my WordPress image library, but you can also save the picture in a conventional way to a file of your choice.

How To Get Free Images In Site Content

This is my favorite way of getting pictures, and also the fastest.

In case you are not sure what Site Content is, it is the platform that Wealthy Affiliate members use to write their blog posts before publishing them to their blogs.

You simply click on the picture/image button and put in your keyword. You will see a selection of free images pop up and you can choose one. Now, Site Content will give you the option of cropping and editing the picture to your heart’s content, which makes the image more personal for your type of article.

Take Your Pictures

If you do your own photography, you will never run the risk of getting sued for using other people’s images. This is definitely a good route to go if you can. The new smartphones take excellent photos, so you don’t even need a separate camera nowadays.

It is so simple in this day and age to simply load your images onto your computer and then drag them into your website. Technology is truly a wonderful thing.

How To Put Pictures On A Website

If you are using WordPress, it is so simple to put your pictures on your website once they are on the computer you are working from.

You can simply click on add media and then either download them or drag them into the library. Nothing could be simpler.

As a final tip, make sure that you use a plugin like Smush so that you can compress your images, because as important as images are on your website, if they are too large they can slow your website down drastically.

Luckily if you are a member of Wealthy Affiliate, all the images you add through site content will automatically be loaded in their smallest form, so there won’t be any issues with the images slowing down your site.

Here are some screenshots to help you place images into your posts.

Step One:

how to put pictures on a website

First, you will need to click on add image.

Step 2:

how to put pictures on a website

Click on upload if you want to get an image that has been saved to your computer.

If you want to add an image that is already on your website somewhere in the image library then click on Media Library.

If you press insert from URL, make sure that you have permission to use the picture.

put a image on your website

Once you have chosen the image to be downloaded, it will appear on your page like this and you have the option to edit it according to your needs.

image on website

Now you can continue typing your content. I chose to make the picture smaller and indent it to the right so that I could continue typing down the left side of the image.

So as you can see, how to put pictures on a website is not rocket science, and you need absolutely zero IT skills to make this work for you.

Go ahead and practice and soon it will be like second nature. You will notice that your website will not only look better but also attract a lot more readers.

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8 Comments

  1. Great articles I do use pictures from Wealthy Affiliate and other places but I have always had problems finding pictures on google now since you have explained in detail how to do it I will try it out.

    I am super excited because I see my friends come up with amazing pictures like the cat picture you have put inside your content.  I hope I will succeed and thank you even for those sites where you buy pictures. I will look at them too.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Thanks for the comment. When you get images off of Google, just remember to check which images you are allowed to use by clicking tools and usage rights, or you could get into trouble.

  2. Wow! Thanks for the amazing photo sites. I have started a site and am always looking for pictures to use. But sometimes the perfect picture can be so hard to find. 

    Thanks for bringing these to my attention. It seems they’re a lot of places, you just have to know where to go. 

    I’ve heard over and over how important images are to a post, you just made me realize I need to put them in my post each time.

    • Hi Jagi,

      I used to only put one picture in each article I did, but now I use two or more relevant images, and the articles are definitely being visited for longer since doing that.

  3. Thanks for your useful tip. 

    Honestly, I only know how to use Site Content as it was part of training from Wealthy Affiliate. It’s very easy to use even for beginners like me. There are various amount of pictures to choose from that can provide for almost every niches and topic you want. 

    Still, it’s very helpful for content writers to know other legitimate ways to get pictures. It is really important to include images on your website. In fact, it is advisable to put picture every 150-200 words because most people are highly visual. 

    Your content can be understood way better with pictures. Pardon me for bookmarking this post because I would like to get back and review the steps on getting images from Google and Pixabay. 

    Thank and More power! 

    • Thanks for stopping by to comment Missus and glad that you found this post on how to put images on a website useful.

  4. These and many other statistics favor the idea that images are powerful means of communication. Perhaps, their most important function is that they remove language barriers, as they are easily understood by everyone in the world.

    Thanks for teaching how to include pictures on our website and making me understand that images are useful because they trigger emotions, are easy to understand and transmit information faster than text.

    • They say a picture says a thousand words. I think an article without images is really dreary and I usually just skim over these sorts of posts.

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