Featured image by Don Perucho, “My Old camera“
It’s been proven that using images in your social media helps increase your rate of engagement with your followers. But not everyone is a photographer, or has the time to take their own photographs. I fall into the latter category.
So do you all remember my previous post in regards to signal boosting and rewrapping your content? Do you remember when I talked about engaging with other content creators to boost both their and your content? We’re going to try that right now, simply by adding a featured image to our posts.
Of course, you can’t just add any image. Many images posted on the internet have rights attached to them regarding reposting and modification, which is why we’re going to find images with a Creative Commons license attached that allows us to do all of that, for commercial purposes.
Flickr makes this really easy to do, because you can search for images with a Creative Commons license that allows for commercial modification directly in the search bar. I’m sure there are other websites that allow for this too (if you know of one, comment below and I’ll add it to the article!) but don’t just use something like Google and grab from anywhere, because you may not have the right to do that.
For example, for the image above I searched for “camera” and after I got the results I modified the listing using the drop-down to include images I can repost. I selected this image, downloaded the most high-resolution version of the file (you can always change the size of the photo on the website itself, or through a program like Photoshop, but starting with the largest file is the best way to go) and added it as my featured image.
Be sure to add visible, central attribution to your post stating where you got the image from and a link to where they can find it themselves! It’s only fair.