Adding Images to Your Content

Images not only make your website more appealing, but they can also convey messages that you want to communicate to your audience. However, be sure that you obtain and use images properly to avoid copyright infringement and the legal issues that may arise.

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A great way to obtain photos for your site is by using pictures that you have taken yourself. This really adds a personal touch to the images you post on your site. However, there are alternative places you can obtain suitable images to use on your site. A good place to start is Google Images where you can look through a wide range of images. However, the images that you use from Google Images are most likely copyrighted and can be used for viewing only. You might have to contact the owner of the image to use it on your own site.

Flickr is a good resource from which you may obtain images. Some images on this platform are copyrighted and cannot be used freely on other sites, while the Creative Commons License protects others. This License allows you to use the images that are protected but with the requirement that you attribute the pictures to the original photographer or source.

You can also use Pinterest either to share your images or to get some that you can use on your site. Pinterest is both a social networking site and a micro blogging platform that allows sites users to display images on their pin boards and share them through repining. Pinterest can also be an effective tool in attracting traffic to your website.

Do not forget to use infographics. These diagrams, images and charts help you to display content in a unique and interesting manner. However, ensure that your infographics are simple and understandable to the target audience. When choosing colors for the infographics you can use tools such as Adobe’s Kuler and ColorLovers.

Make use of Mind Maps to help you present content in a diagrammatic manner for your target audience to better understand content. Mind Maps softwares allows to easily create optimized diagrams and flowcharts that can help you convey your message. These softwares also allow you to customize the diagrams by choosing different colors, styles and layouts. You can also edit, add and delete the content in the MindMaps diagrams. One efficient tool that you can use to for creating mind maps is Xmind. With this tool, you can share your ideas and content on your website. You may edit your messages and diagrams, reorganize the appearance of the topics and make additions to the diagrams. You can use the same interface to look up content on Google and drag and drop images into the map.

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