I was recently asked by a client how to link an image she’d chosen for a blog post back to its original source. This is a very good question and one that I should be thinking about myself when using images for my own blog posts in the future!
I write a lot of reviews and share them on my blog so I generally haven’t worried about crediting the source for the book cover, CD cover or DVD cover I choose to represent my blog post because I’m essentially promoting the author or creator of the work itself.
However, it is very important to be sure that you have permission to use a photo that isn’t yours that you find online through a Google search. You should always give a photographer credit for his or her photo at the very least, but if you can find out how to contact them to get permission to use it, then do it. You can also use Creative Commons or Google Advanced Image Search to find photos that allow you usage rights and this is a very smart practice.
Here are the steps you should follow to link an image back to its original source within your WordPress blog post:
- Go to Google.com and type in the name of the book or keywords describing the type of image you’re looking for. (You can also go to Advanced Google Image Search at http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search and type in your keywords and then scroll to the bottom where it says usage rights and click on the dropdown menu to select free to use or share, even commercially and then click on the Advanced Search button. This will give you images that the public is free to use.)
- Then click on Images on the left side of the Google page.
- Choose an image that is large or of high resolution if possible as it will be clearer and easier to read when someone clicks on it.
- Click on the image.
- Right click on the image again and save the image as a .jpg file to your computer.
- In the top right corner you’ll see Website for this image. Click on that link and it will take you to the website where the image originated from.
- Copy the link.
- Go to your blog post under Edit Page.
- Choose where you want to add your image within your post and put your cursor there.
- Click on the Add Media Icon beside Upload/Insert just above the dialogue box (in WordPress).
- Upload the photo to the Add Media box, choosing what alignment you want and what size file you want.
- Paste the link from the website into the Link URL box.
- Click Insert into Post.
- Click on Update Post under the Publish section of your blog.
Photos and/or graphic images are a very important part of our blog posts, especially now that Pinterest is so popular, and we can post our blog images to it in order to drive more traffic back to our blog or website. So let’s make sure that we get permission to use those images that we find on the Internet and everyone will be happy!