I remember the first ever blog I started. There was no Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or any other kind of visual social media.
You started a blog and began writing. End of.
People liked what you wrote or they didn’t.
Then the world got complicated!
Pictures. I friggin hate pictures.
Okay, so that’s not quite true. I love taking pictures. I love travel photography. But I truly hate pictures on blogs, because 99% of the time they’re a load of b*****ks.
But you can’t get away from it these days. If you publish a blog post without a picture on, then it just looks rubbish when you share it on social media. There’s no two ways about it, we need to have pictures on our blog posts.
I went through a phase of creating images for every blog post, and it was truly hell. Until I realised what a complete waste of time it was.
After all, I’m not trying to create viral images for traffic. I just want something that looks nice when the post is published across social media.
So… here’s what I do…
I use the website www.123rf.com, which is the cheapest stock image site I’ve ever found.
I type in a keyword that relates to my post.
I choose one of the images in the first row and use it.
Quick, simple and effective.
Heck, I’ve even had people say how much they like the images I put on posts. WTF?!
Anyhoo, there you have it. The cheapest, quickest way to get images for your blog posts so they look good on social media.