People are visual by nature. Should they ever come across a website with nothing but text, they will leave quicker than they got there because no matter how engaging your content, the overwhelming look of a screen full of text without pictures will cause your visitor to become very bored, very quickly … all because we are visual by nature.

Your pictures should almost always be placed on the right side of your blog. This not only makes it easier for your site visitor to read (because we read from left to right), but it also helps the search engines when they begin reading your site (referred to as “crawling”) and deciding where it should be ranked (you know … like on the first page of Google). 

Pictures (referred to as “images”) are absolutely crucial to your website. They help you tell your story and draw your audience in.

 

But be careful …

US Copyright laws may be years behind our fast-paced world of website creation and blogs, but they still control how a copyrighted work can be used. Also, some aspects of the copyright laws have gone digital via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

You’ve probably gotten the point that images are to be treated with respect. It’s now a question of where do you get images from without getting into trouble? After all, one of the hardest things with website design is finding free images for a website.

At IHP Biz Tools, we work hard to obtain free images when you want us to do so. We also have access to thousands of paid images. We don’t mind doing the heavy lifting for you because searching for the perfect image can be an extremely time consuming project, but there is a fee involved for us to do so.

Not to worry, though. We want to provide you with education and knowledge so you can search for your own free images.

Ready? Let’s Get Started…

It’s easy to obtain images without worry if you just know where to look. One of the first things you should be aware of is “Creative Commons Zero.”

Creative Commons Zero (CCo)

Images that are truly 100% free to use, even commercially, and that you do not have to give attribution (acknowledgement and/or credit) to anyone, are referred to as CC0 (Creative Commons Zero).

Here are a couple of places where you grab free COO images (be careful … some sites will still add paid images, so be mindful of what you select):

It’s never good to grab an image from another website and use it on your

website. It’s unethical and can get you into a world of trouble. Here are some things of which to be aware:

  • Assume every image you see online is copyrighted. Most works first published after March 1, 1989 do not require a copyright notice (but they are still considered copyrighted).
  • Making changes to a copyright image doesn’t make it yours. If you are familiar with any type of photo editing software, know that using it to change an image to something that suits your personality and website does not create a new copyright for you
  • You are the owner of your User Website and therefore responsible for all the content on it, including images. Even if you retain the services of a Site Manager, they won’t be responsible for images you have approved to be on your site. In the end, you are responsible for the images they load onto it

Public Domain Images

If the license says “Public Domain” then you are safe to use that image. There are millions of high-quality graphics and photos available for the taking that are considered public domain. Why? Because there are websites that curate images, now in the public domain, and allow users to upload images.

With public domain images, you’re free to use them in any way and in most cases, you don’t have to provide attribution. Don’t forget to check the terms of the site to determine if attribution is required and, if so, follow the requested format.

BTW: IHP Biz Tools, nor any owner, employee, contractor or associate, is in any way associated with any of the links we are providing you in this blog.

What Do You Think?

Images can be a complicated thing, but if you stick with Creative Commons and Public Domain, you should be OK. But hey – if you’re the creative type, you can always take your own photos and use them on your website. Talk about being original!

Please let us know your thoughts and if you have any questions, please contact us by using the contact form below.

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Reach Us

Like most other entrepreneurs, we love what we do and we love talking with you! Give Cathy a call or drop a line anytime.

St Francisville LA 70775
(NorthEast of Baton Rouge)

(225) 784 – 2168

cathy@ihpbiztools.com

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