Up Your Blog Game: Using Media in Your Blog Posts

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Blog posts sometimes need a little extra pizazz to attract more readers. Images and videos can be used in many ways in a blog post. But you have to make sure you are using the right ones for the job and that you are posting them legally.

This blog post will tell you how to use media in your blog posts.

Written content may be what keeps users on your website, but the quality of your graphic design is what makes a great first impression and prevents them from instantly clicking away.Visual content is incredibly important in the world of digital marketing. Unprofessional images or use of colors reflects poorly on your business and could severely damage your ability to create sales online. The Viral Solutions graphic design team works with you to create custom graphics that are both professional and eye-appealing.

Using Media to Emphasize Your Main Ideas

Images can be used to enhance your articles subject matter. They can be used to show examples or simply to brighten up your blog. Pictures and videos can entice the reader to keep reading. Try using them with an interesting fact as the caption as long as it is related to the points of that certain paragraph.

Use the Best Resolution Images and Videos

You don’t want to write a sub-par blog, so why would you use sub-par media. To get the most attention and intrigue for your time use images and videos that are high resolution, that seem to pop right out of the screen.

Make Sure It Is Legal

Some images and videos are not legal for you to use. It is possible for you to get sued if you use media without permission. Never fear I have made a list of some websites where you can find legal to use images. Keep in mind some of these may or may not allow for free use for commercial purposes, so do your due diligence first.

ShutterStock: Search millions of royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, and vectors. Get inspired by ten thousand new, high-resolution images added daily.

Stock Photos For Free: There are never any fees to download our stock photos, and they come with a royalty free license so you can use them in all types of media, for worldwide distribution, forever! You can even use them in commercial projects—always free!

Morgue File: Free photos, by creatives, for creatives that are in post production.

Death to the Stock Photo: A % of the profit from Premium Memberships pours right back into our community, to fund photography trips, creative projects, and adventures for our members around the world. The creatives you fund send stuff right back at you, as new image packs, stories, and inspiration galore. It's a sustainable business model for pushing art forward.

Site the Author

Just like citing sources in a research paper, you must cite the author of the media that you will be using. Some photos have different regulations but these are basic guidelines that you should follow:

Tap Into Your Creative Side

Don’t want to go through the hassle of searching and citing photographs? Try making your own images. It’s fun and it will make your blogs more authentic. There are many free tools out there to help you. Here are a few:

Creating blog posts are fun, using media can defiantly up the fun level. It's a great chance to be creative and lets your readers see a different side of you. Remember to search the free image websites and to also site the author to make it legit. If you are feeling crafty, customize your own images. However you use media, be sure to enjoy it.

Lindsey Perron

 Lindsey Perron

Queen of the Machine for Viral Solutions LLC

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About Lindsey Perron

As Thomas’ daughter, Lindsey was introduced to the world of sales and marketing at an early age. Curious about what her dad did, Lindsey would jump at every opportunity to help and ride along on sales calls. Always quick to take charge and lead the group—a trait that has only grown with time—Lindsey was frequently told by her parents that she was destined to be a manager or CEO of some sort. While working toward earning her bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Lindsey interned with the UW Office of Equality and Affirmative Action and served on several councils, which gave her the opportunity to develop her persuasive writing skills, researching skills, problem-solving skills, project management skills, and more. After working as the lead teacher of the 4-year-old room at the local daycare center, Lindsey decided to switch gears and join the Viral Solutions team. In her position, Lindsey is able to help clients think through an end goal and reverse engineer it into the steps needed to achieve it.

When she’s not working, Lindsey loves spending time with family, be it traveling somewhere together or just hanging out at home.