Tag: blog post tips

How to Find Royalty-Free Images for Your Blog

Today, I want to talk about finding royalty-free images from free imaging sites. I personally love Pixabay, so I will be using that as an example.

For my latest Bullet Journaling PLR package, I have graphics and eCovers in there for you, but I did not include royalty-free images. So, I wanted to show you how you can look for them and find the right ones.

These are just some little tricks I personally like to use when just typing in the common keywords isn’t helping me find anything good. I also have some tips specifically for journaling content!

Tip #1: Think Outside the Box When it Comes to Keywords

I think we all know to begin an image search, you type the most literal keyword you can think of. For journal-related content, you probably start with “journal”. Definitely don’t hesitate to do this! However, you will run into a wall at some point in the search results and need to think of some other keywords that are related to journaling in order to bring up those other images.

To find other keywords, start with the ones that are closest to what you are searching for. In the example of journal, this might include:

Diary

Notebook

Notepad

To continue the search, maybe try an action for the keyword you are looking for. Such as:

Writing

Drawing

You would be surprised how many more results you get just by switching the keywords around a little bit. Just like when you are researchcing your content, you start with the most obvious keyword, then you start thinking of those related to that keyword, and go from there.

Tip #2: Browse Through the User’s Photos

Another way I like to find images on Pixabay (and other imaging sites) is to look for one good image, then click on the User of whoever uploaded it. Often times, they will have other images in a series with that same topic, subject, or style. When you want multiple images of the same type of style, this is one of the easiest ways to find them.

It might take a few tries, but eventually you will have a list of users that have the images you need. This is how I ended up finding good graphics for my sales page that all seemed to go together.

Tip #3: Save Your Favorites for Later

I am always running into images I love, but that aren’t a good fit for what I am currently working on. Don’t scroll past them! I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to go back and find an image, and it took hours of searching before I remembered what keyword I originally used.

Save your favorites! Pixabay allows you to do this easily by just clicking the heart – without ever having to click on the image. I’m sure other free imaging sites have a similar function.

This saves time, and gets you a good collection of images to use for various projects.

Helpful? No? Medium helpful? Okay I’ll take it!

The 3 Rules For Researching a Blog Post

 

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While you might get a good amount of content for your blog from PLR, there are gong to be times when you need to write some content on your own. Perhaps you want to do a 7-day email series, but the PLR only came with 5 blog posts, or you thought of another excellent topic that wasn’t included in the report you purchased. In this case, you will need to research and write the blog post on your own.

When it comes to researching, you probably already have a good idea of how it is done. However, it is not always as easy as searching Google, grabbing the first result, then using that information to construct a blog post. There are some rules I personally think are not only important, but super helpful when it comes to researching content for your blog.

  1. Use Multiple Resources

It is tempting to use just one resource for your blog post, especially when one website seems to have everything you need. However, when you limit yourself to just one resource, you run into a few problems. First of all, your content might appear a little too similar to that resource. Even though you did not intend to copy it, it will look so similar that it doesn’t pass Copyscape, which makes it look like plagiarism, and the major search engines might not rank your post.

A better option is to use multiple resources. Try to aim for at least 2-3, but up to 5 (or more). I typically grab at least 3-4, then take it from there. It is not uncommon to click on a link that doesn’t provide much, so I go back to my search tab and click on a few more. When you go through each one, get a little bit of information from each resource so that your blog post has all the important information, but is not exactly the same as anything else you reviewed.

  1. Go to the Second Page of Results

This might not work for every topic, but I do like to use the second page whenever I can. The reason is because you are going to find some resources not used as often, but have some stellar information. For example, when you are writing a health-related topic, you are going to see WebMD and Mayo Clinic at the top of every search result. While they can provide some good information, there is a lot more out there.

Try going to the bottom of the first page or clicking the second page and see what you find there. You just might find some hidden gems with a different angle on your topic you didn’t even think of. This is going to give you some unique content to work with.

  1. Try Different Search Engines

Don’t be afraid to use some different search engines if you can’t find what you need on Google. Most people do use Google, but that doesn’t mean it is your only option. You can still find some good information on Bing and even Yahoo!  Sometimes, there are resources on these other search engines that don’t come up on Google because of all their new algorithm updates. It is definitely worth checking out.

Bonus Tip: When you first start researching your blog post topic, not only type your blog post title into the search engine, but use a few different keyword variations to see what resources come up. This combination gives you a wider range of variety, allowing for a more unique blog post.