How To Link An Image Within Your WordPress Blog Post

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:

  1. 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.)
  2. Then click on Images on the left side of the Google page.
  3. 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.
  4. Click on the image.
  5. Right click on the image again and save the image as a .jpg file to your computer.
  6. 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.
  7. Copy the link.
  8. Go to your blog post under Edit Page.
  9. Choose where you want to add your image within your post and put your cursor there.
  10. Click on the Add Media Icon beside Upload/Insert just above the dialogue box (in WordPress).
  11. Upload the photo to the Add Media box, choosing what alignment you want and what size file you want.
  12. Paste the link from the website into the Link URL box.
  13. Click Insert into Post.
  14. 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!

Learn How To Perfect Your Pinterest Profile Now!

Christine Bode Pinterest profile“Expressing passion for a hobby is just as easy as browsing for your next purchase. But what’s even more addictive about the site — a collection of collections — is that it’s just as much about the users as it is what they’ve posted.” ~ MASHABLE

Just last week, I discovered the reason why Pinterest is the fastest growing social media site ever!  Since 2010, Pinterest has gained over 11 million users and it’s growing like wildfire every day.  I looked at the Google analytics for Pinterest and in one month it grew by over 100%.  I also found out why so many people have become addicted to Pinterest because I became one of them.  Pinterest’s audience is 97% female.

I’ve read quite a few posts lately by social media experts about the fact that Pinterest is all the rage and that anyone who is marketing with social media should not overlook it.  This platform makes sharing of images super easy and it has proven to drive traffic back to the websites the images are linked to, extremely well.  In a recent techie report that I read, Pinterest was found to be a BETTER traffic referrer than YouTube, Reddit, LinkedIn, MySpace or Google+ combined!  I prefer it to all of those sites, although I enjoy YouTube very much.

Pinterest is a collection of online pin boards (think scrapbook) on which you pin images and add descriptions, links and hashtags that direct people back to their original source.  It’s entirely captivating for visually oriented individuals and the possibilities for self-expression are endless, not to mention the fact that it’s so much fun!

On Pinterest you have followers (like on Twitter) and you can follow people or just their boards, in return.  Users can comment on the images and you can include links & hashtags like we do on Twitter to direct someone to a specific website or to aid in a keyword search.  You have to have a Facebook or Twitter account in order to create a Pinterest profile and right now, you still have to be invited to it by a member.  Pinterest synchs in all of the people we’re connected to on Facebook or Twitter who have Pinterest accounts already so that we have a potential built-in audience to begin with.

Here’s a link to more info about Pinterest and a free HubSpot eBook that you can download on How to Use Pinterest for Business:

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/31147/The-Ultimate-Guide-to-Mastering-Pinterest-for-Marketing.aspx

This recent article in Forbes will give you more of an idea about the power of Pinterest:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2012/02/18/10-reasons-pinterest-booked-10-million-visitors-a-month-so-fast/

Facts to Remember

  • Install your Pinmarklet right away by adding it to your toolbar
  • Rename your pin boards
  • Pins are chronological
  • Don’t pin directly from Google images as you want to properly credit your sources
  • Don’t pin anything without crediting the source
  • Don’t be sleezy and post stuff in unrelated places!
  • Don’t send people to a link that’s unrelated
  • Follow friends from Facebook & Twitter
  • Comment on other people’s pins to get more followers
  • Create your own pins
  • Re-pin stuff or create a new board
  • Create boards that other followers can contribute to
  • Pin videos
  • Think of keywords and use #hashtags
  • Tag people the same way you tag someone on Facebook using @
  • Don’t tag people without a purpose
  • Don’t use it purely as a tool for self-promotion
  • Link images that you’ve used on your blog back to your blog posts
  • Be creative, be creative, be creative!

Okay, so what’s stopping you from joining Pinterest?  If you need an invitation, simply email me at scullylovepromo@gmail.com and I’ll send you one and follow you!

Happy pinning!

*NOTE OF CAUTION:  Excessive pinning can lead to Pinsomnia!