If you want to spice up your blog posts with a few images, you may find yourself in a bit of a bind. If you don’t take a large number of images yourself, you may not have a good stash of images to pull from.
Fortunately though, there are plenty of photographers and artists on the Web who are happy to allow you to use their images on your site for free, under certain restrictions, and they clearly tag their work with Creative Commons Licenses.
However, finding CC-licensed images can be a bit of a pain and inserting them into your blog posts an even bigger one. Not only is following a CC license trickier than first meets the eye, but sizing and formatting an image for your blog typically requires extra steps, even when done from Flickr.
Fortunately, Photo Dropper, a WordPress plugin, has a very simple solution to the problem. It automates every step of the process, from searching for and locating the image that you need to sizing, formatting and attributing it in your blog.
For those that like to include images in their blog, Photo Dropper is a one-stop shop and a plugin that is too powerful to ignore.
How it Works
Installing Photo Dropper is the same as any other WordPress plugin, you download it the zip file from their site, extract it and upload it to your plugin directory.
Once you’ve activated Photo Dropper, you then need to configure it to work for your site. However, the settings of the current version of the plugin are very simple.
First, you select if you want to use the “classic” interface, something we’ll discuss in a moment. Then you select how many images you want displayed per page, the default of 25 is pretty good but some may want more. Then, if you’re using it on a blog with advertising or is for a business, you need to be sure to check the box to only show images available for commercial use. After that, you select if you want photos sorted by “most interesting”, which is something that simply has to be experimented with, and you set up the formatting with HTML that goes before and after each embedded photos, such as including DIV tags or TABLE tags.
Once that’s done, the plugin should be ready to go. When you go to create a new post, you will either see a Photo Dropper logo in your media bar above your writing are or, if you selected the “classic” interface, as a box below your writing pane.
To use Photo Dropper, you just put your cursor where you want the image to appear in your post and click the button. You are then prompted to enter a keyword similar to Google Image Search. Simply put in something that is relevant to the types of images you are looking for and Photodropper will search Flickr for correctly-licensed images. It will then return a set of results based upon your search with the option beneath each thumbnail to either view it large or embed it as a small, medium or large image.
When you have found the image you want, simply click the “S”, “M” or “L” and it will insert the needed HTML into your post. Photo Dropper will automatically embed the image from Flickr, meaning there is no need to upload it to your server first. It will also link the image back to the source and provide a correct CC-compliant attribution as a caption to the image.
The end result of Photo Dropper is that, within a matter of seconds, you can import, format and attribute an image in your blog post and rest assured that your use is legal and compliant with both the Flickr terms of service and the requirements of the image’s Creative Commons License.
Tips and Tricks
Though Photo Dropper is powerful out of the box, there are a few tips and tricks you can take advantage of to get the most out of the plugin.
- Left and Right Justification: The only weakness of the plugin is the formatting. The way it displays the image and the caption can cause problems in many templates, especially if the image is meant to be justified left or right. This can be easily overcome with the “code wrapping” feature that allows you to insert HTML before and after the image. Using either a DIV or a table around the image will help ensure that it aligns correctly.
- Most Interesting: The ability to search by most interesting is a powerful one, but how useful the feature is is, at best, debatable. I found with my keywords that it was best to leave the option unchecked though others feel strongly the other way. It is important to play with this feature and see which setting gives you the best results.
- Good Keywords: It is important to remember that a Photo Dropper search does not work like a Google one. Adding more keywords will not help refine it. Use one or two good keywords and scroll through the results to find what you are after. Adding more keywords usually just causes no images to appear at all.
In short, getting the most out of Photo Dropper is pretty easy to do, especially when you take a few moments to set it up correctly and experiment with its use.
Images are an important part of a blog entry. They not only help the entry stand out in the mess of content that is most people’s RSS reader, but they provide a visual punch to the site itself. Furthermore, to the photographer or artist that is sharing their work, having it included on other sites can be a great means to promote their work and expose new audiences to it.
Bloggers need images and artists need an audience, it can be a win-win relationship. However, it is the complexities, both legal and technical, that prevent it from being executed.
However, Photo Dropper has helped overcome all of these obstacles and produced a plugin that makes it both easy and legal to add images into your blog, even if you had not seen the image before writing your post.
There is little reason to not try it and a great deal to gain from it.
3 Tips for Bonding with Blogging Influencers
Forget traditional influencer marketing. We want to go deeper.
Bloggers teach influencer marketing from a less genuine space sometimes. Imagine learning how to try to get someone to do something for you. Manipulation marketing. Fear-based marketing. Problems arise; spam folders become your landing spot. I observe a decent percentage of influencer marketing emails in my spam folder because fear-pitches get labeled as spam and become spam, 100% of the time.
What is the solution? Learn how to bond with blogging influencers.
I remember people who befriend me. I admire people who endorse me or promote me. I appreciate people who buy my course or eBooks. I love people who generously help me for months. Guess what? Bonding with established bloggers influences the influencers. I do stuff for dear blogging friends I do not do for anybody else. If a friend sends me a guest post and their writing is tight, I place it. Even if said post spans 1000 words or more – my minimum count is 600 – I place it without hesitating. Friends found my heart. Friends influenced me through kindness and generosity. I am largely putty in their blogging hands.
Instead of trying to manipulate a successful stranger, bond with a friend. Change your approach to influencer marketing. Make friends. Help without asking. In time, blogging bonds form organically. If you practice writing, the world becomes your oyster because influencers take you to new levels of success, without you even asking.
Follow these tips to bond with influencers.
1: Buy a Resource
The best way to bond with an influencer is to get inside their heads.
Influential bloggers had to influence influential bloggers on the way up to become influential. Invest in a resource like my influential blogger eBook to learn how influencers do it. Speak their language. Connect. Take their viewpoint. Learn how to be influential yourself.
When you discover how to be influential through my resource you in essence, learn how to influence, influencers, by bonding with these pros.
2: Spend a Few Months Giving Not Asking
Bloggers I remember, then befriend, spend at least a few months giving and not asking. Someone buys my course, publishes 10 comments on my blog, and retweets my posts 10 or 20 times during a 3 month period. These people pop up on my radar screen because they gave and asked for nothing. Bonds form. Friendships develop.
Retweet fellow bloggers. Help them. Feature fellow bloggers. Open your blog to guest posting. Guest post on other blogs. Comment genuinely on blogs. Buy products.
Ask for nothing, for at least 3-4 months. Allow friendships to form organically. Blogging friends help each other because blogging friends trust each other. Influential bloggers fall into this helping lot too, as you generously serve them, ask for nothing and polish your writing skills. I gained more endorsements from pros by being generous than through any other method. Help influential bloggers. Ask for nothing. Influential bloggers help you without you asking for a darn thing.
3: Never Rush the Process
Some blogger friend requested me on Facebook a few moments ago. I scanned my messages to see his business pitch in the “other” folder. He simply rushed the process of pitching an established blogger. I appreciate the friend request but pitching your business before generously helping me ensures I ignore all future messages. He rushed the process so I let him go.
Perhaps he smartens up and begins helping me generously without asking for anything. After a few months of helping me and asking for nothing, we bond. We become friends. From there, the opportunities are limitless. Even if I do not use his service, if he has skills and a reputable business model I can share his services with my readers.
Good things take some time. Never rush the bonding process.
Allow bonds to form organically to do influencer marketing right.
How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?
I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.
In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.
I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.
Blogging and Fitness
Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.
Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.
I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.
Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.
Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.
Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.
Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals
After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.
Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.
A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:
- referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
- referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you
I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:
- the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
- I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified
Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time
Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.
12 Times Daily Sales
I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.
The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.
Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.
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