Hello all! I’m so happy to have those of you who are visiting from the Biannual Blogathon Bash!! This is a mini challenge! Everyone is welcome to use this information and participate, however only blogathon participants are eligible to win prizes. Yes, you read right, there are prizes involved! If you’re interested in giving it a go, it may not be too late to sign up!
Let’s get down to business! We all know how important it is to have a great looking image to go along with your blog posts. Something that adds visual interest to an otherwise plain looking block of text, and more importantly, something that will attract people to it on Pinterest. If you’re not already using Pinterest for your blog, I highly suggest getting yourself on there. It’s a great way to drive traffic to your site and having a pinnable image will be a huge advantage to you!
Now, get yourself to PicMonkey. It looks like this. It’s free! You can pay for an upgrade to a Royale membership if you want but it’s not necessary for the basics.
You’re going to click “Edit a photo” to begin. Once you do, it will bring up a window where you will select the image that you’d like to edit. I prefer to use a photo that I’ve taken myself, that way I know that I am allowed to use it and edit it in anyway that I please without having to give credit to anyone else. It is very important to be sure that you always have permission to use the photos that you are putting on your blog.
Now here’s where you get creative! PicMonkey makes editing so simple and even with the free version, you have lots of options to choose from. You can crop, resize, rotate, and other basic edits until your heart’s content!
Then you can jazz things up with text, shapes, frames and visual effects. I found the best way for me to learn was to just spend some time playing around and seeing what the different features will do. Save and you’re done!
- Resize your photos so that they fit into your blog layout. If you resize them in you WordPress or Blogger (or whatever platform you use) they can slow your blog’s load time.
- Vertical images tend to do well in Pinterest.
- Include text to tell people what your post or pin is about.
- Always include your blog name and/or address on your photos when they are your own. This can be called watermarking and it will show people where the image came from. Hopefully it will also prevent people from stealing your photos and claim them as their own.
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