Get Great Images for your Posts with Photodropper

These days, web surfers are impatient and demanding and are used to gorgeous websites filled with images to catch their eye. But not everyone is a graphics guru or a photographer extraordinaire. And who can afford to buy images all the time? So, what can we do?

(Image credit: Owen Brown)

Ah, the good old days. Back when bloggers first got started, it was a different world. Websites didn’t have to look good, they didn’t have to be visually interesting, they could just be the ramblings of a demented mind scrolling on as pages and pages of text.

Not anymore.

These days, web surfers are impatient and demanding and are used to gorgeous websites filled with images to catch their eye. But not everyone is a graphics guru or a photographer extraordinaire. And who can afford to buy images all the time? So, what can we do?

Enter – the Photodropper plugin.

Thank the Internet Gods for Flickr.com. I expect that you all know about Flickr already, but just in case, here’s the scoop. Flickr is a free community site for images. People can upload their images and share them with their friends, link to them and use them on their websites.

Flickr.com

Flickr.com

Flickr is an awesome resource for finding fun images to add to articles and blog posts. But you must be careful not to infringe on the owner’s copyright.

Photodropper makes it very easy to not only find an image and insert it into your post, but also to make sure you are respecting the owner’s copyright. Photodropper provides a Flickr image search function right there in your Post editing screen which only includes images that are marked for reuse.

To find an image, you just click on the Photodropper button that the plugin added to your Post toolbar.

Photodropper Button

Photodropper Button

Then enter your keyword and hit the search button.

Photodropper search

Photodropper Search Function

When you find an image you like, choose Small, Medium or Large by clicking on the S, M or L link shown underneath the image. Photodropper will insert the image into your Post and automatically attach the correct copyright label, as well as a link to the Flickr page. Just like this:

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Creative Commons License photo credit: anomalous4

Just that easy – you have a lovely image for your post and your butt is covered, all at the same time. Thanks, Photodropper!

You can download Photodropper here. Or, from within your WordPress admin screen, go to Plugins>>Add New and search “photodropper.”

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