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Guest Post by David Peralty

Something often overlooked by bloggers are images for their content, but with recent reports that most readers skim content equal to around one quarter of what is actually written, an image can sometimes be your only opportunity to hook a reader into really reading all that you have to say.

Just like with all other content, the images you can get for your posts can come from legal or illegal sources. Most people don’t pay attention to this fact, but with companies seeing decreasing revenue, protecting intellectual property is on the rise, so taking images you found from a Google Image search isn’t the best idea.

There are many free and legal sources for images, but you have to be willing to look around.

Currently, I work for PicApp, a company that provides access to high quality images from companies like Corbis and Getty. PicApp allows you to easily embed images in your posts.

Some others worth mentioning that I have used before include Flickr’s Creative Commons images that users have uploaded and given open access to, as well as stock.xchng.

The only issues with these sites are that they don’t always have the highest quality images, nor the latest editorial images.

Some other reasons you might want to make adding an image to your posts a regular endeavor is to break up the content, which can allow it to flow better, or helping convey thoughts, ideas, opinions, or even the overall mood of the text around it.

It allows you to differentiate from your competitors as many bloggers aren’t spending the time and energy finding images worth posting, and this opens up an opportunity for each and every one of you to make the most out of your content and how it is displayed.

One last thing I wanted to note that is special about PicApp, and incredibly useful for me as a blogger is the ability to subscribe to my searches via RSS. If you are a celebrity blogger talking about Miley Cyrus, it can be hard to keep up with everything that is happening with regards to her and her brand, but by subscribing to an RSS feed of your image search, PicApp will let you know when there are new photographs that you can use, and I have already been told that it has helped inspire posts, and I can see it helping some bloggers beat their competition in releasing an article.ek-div.gif
About our Guest Blogger:  David Peralty has been a full time blogger for the last three years, and now works as Community Manager for PicApp while also building his own blogs like eXtra for Every Publisher.

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Mar
29

Google Turns Out the Lights

Posted by: Char | Comments (6)

google turns out the lights

Did you see it? Google turned out its “lights” tonight in support of Earth Hour. How about you? Did you turn the lights off tonight from 8-9 pm? If so, what’d you do instead? Us – let’s just say we missed it, but I have turned out all unneeded lights this evening, as I normally do.

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Sep
17

I found the end of the Internet

Posted by: Char | Comments (13)

While finishing my coffee this morning I decided to do a little Stumbling through the Internet. I checked out about 15 different sites – and then I saw this:

The end of the Internet

All these years on line and I finally found it! Did you know that the end of the Internet even existed (outside of TV commercials)? I didn’t. But now I can officially say I found it – and you can too – just visit bw.org/end. I guess it is kind of like trying to find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but the end of the internet isn’t worth anything.

Back to work now!

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