When I first started blogging, images were unusual in a blog post. In fact, the first platform I blogged on only let you put images as attachments.
Times have changed! At this point, most blog readers expect images. Actually, they doing just expect them–most need them. They need them to break up all the text on the page. Some readers (a lot, actually) don’t want to read too much–they want to look at pictures.
Another good reason to add images to your posts is that they will be more “clickable” when they occur in the news feed on Facebook. Facebook has discovered that people are more likely to click if they see an image–take advantage of that!
This is fine if you’re an expert photographer, or if you write on a topic that easily provides you with photo-rich material. It can be tough otherwise.
So what do you do?
One great source of free images is Flickr Creative Commons. Often times you can use images for free if you just give attribution to the creator.I usually just type creative commons and the name of what I’m looking for into the search bar.
If you can’t find a good free image, you can usually find what you’re looking for at istockphoto.com. They have images at a variety of price points and they offer not just pictures, but graphics, and animation as well.