If you are going to be publishing content on your, the last thing you want to do is steal someone's pictures and use them without permission.
When you upload a picture to WordPress, you can either link the picture to a larger version of itself, like the one to the right, you can not link it at all, or you can link it to another website – what is called “Custom URL”
Nofollow and Link Juice
If you are going to link to a website other than your own don't forget to go into the text editor on the right, top of your WordPress Page or Post editor and add the “nofollow” attribute to the HTML. It's really easy.
The code will look like this <img src=”yourimage.jpg”>
If you checked a box that says “Open link in new window” the code will look like this
<img src=”yourimage.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>
In either case, you need to add the nofollow so the code looks like this
<img src=”yourimage.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener nofollow”>
This keeps the search engines from taking “points” away from your sites importance because link juice is flowing out of your site. You want to nofollow all your links out of your web site – whether they are pictures or text links.
Public Domain Pictures
Some people think, just because they found it on Google Images search, it is free to use, when they state clearly that they may be subject to copyright.
In order to be sure the pictures you are using are free, you have to go to a site that has free “public domain” pictures available.
One of my favorite sites for pictures is Unsplash.com
I go there every day and I have found so many good pictures for this site there!
Some of my other favorites are
Pictures for Your Affiliate Programs
If you are an affiliate and you are promoting a product or service and you need pictures – I would go to the affiliate page – most companies have an affiliate log-in with banners, statistics and sometimes other tools you can use for advertising.
Banners can be any size, square, rectangular, horizontal or vertical.
You have to read the rules of the company you are partnering with to see if you can edit the banners and use your own banners. Most are pretty lenient but check with your affiliate program!
Snagging or Snipping Pictures
Windows has this awesome tool called the Snipping tool – if you do a search for it on your computer you should find it in the System32 folder. I created a shortcut and pinned it to my task bar because I use the snipping tool several times a day!
Here is a link I made myself of a product on Amazon. I don't always put a “Caption” under the picture – this one does not look great – so I might remove the caption and edit the picture to have a built in caption if this were a post where I was trying to sell the product and not teach something about pictures, captions, etc.
I did a web search to see if Apple has a similar tool as Windows snipper and found this:
“Mac came out with a “snipping tool” app way, way before Windows ever did. OS X comes with an app called Grab (as in “screen grab”), in your Utilities folder. It will let you do screen shots with your mouse” ~Discussions on Apple
Also – if you want to take a screenshot of a whole page and share it easily – there is always
I use Adobe PhotoShop – but I pay for the Creative Cloud from Adobe because I need it for my business – I write this off as a business expense because it is totally used for business.
If you are looking for a free photo editing program – try
I used to do a lot of animated gifs when I first started designing websites… then I thought they were annoying so I stopped making them altogether.
I saw this banner Wealthy Affiliate puts out and I thought it would look better with some action.
If you have photo shop and want to make your own animated GIF – there are tons of tutorials on youtube.
Whenever I want to do something I don't know how to do – I look for youtube videos to show me how to get it done. Photo editing is no different.
Whichever photo editor you choose – there will be a learning curve where everything seems awkward in the new program. Don't give up. Look for instructions, either in youtube tutorials or in the software documentation.