How much time do you spend looking for the perfect images for your blog posts? Too much?
Searching for the perfect image for a blog post can sometimes take as long as writing the post! Try these five tips to save time and find the right image faster.
Know Where to Search
Bookmark your favorite image search sites so they’re easy to find quickly. Keep in mind which ones offer which types of images when you’re ready to search.
Think First & Be Specific
I recently needed an image for a post about fire prevention week. First I searched “fire” and looked through 3 pages of images. Then I thought I’d try “house fire” and looked some more. Finally I realized a “fire extinguisher” would be the right image and in about 30 seconds I found a good one. If I’d have stopped to think first, I would have saved time.
Consider Alternative Keywords
If you don’t find an image that fits in your first search, try changing your keywords slightly. Instead of “cat” try “kitten” or instead of “laptop” try “notebook computer”–brainstorm a bit. Try to think of what words a photographer might use to describe the type of image you’re looking for.
Instead of looking for the “perfect” image, focus on finding one that will illustrate your point.
When you find an image that will work, don’t let yourself keep searching for another 15 minutes just to see what else there is.
Try it, and see if you can save time with these tips!
What works for you in finding images for your blog posts?