You know the saying, “Life’s A Picnic“, right? Well, I’m here to tell you that Blogging’s a picnic too when you have the right tools, such as this super-easy image editing tool.
One of the ways you can really make your blog posts “POP” and get some extra google seo juice running through it, is by adding some visuals. If you compare a non-image laced blog post with one that has a few strategically placed images, you’ll notice immediately how much more inviting the one that has the images is to read versus the one that doesn’t. Does this bring us back to our picture-book days of preschool? Maybe so. But is it your goal to have your potential clients remain on your site and possibly even READ your blog posts? Definitely so!
Picnik was introduced just a few short years ago and is now one of the most widely used online photo editing tools available. There are of course both the free and paid versions, but for what you would be using it for, I would stick with the free one.
One of the tricks that Picnik is great for is bringing some dimension to your images within your blog posts. Adding a simple shadow effect takes an image from drag to “Dang!” in an instant!
Here’s a quick video on how this can be accomplished in about 90 seconds :
Another great use of Picnik is for watermarking your own images so that others do not use them. When you pay big bucks for your images, you’d rather not have someone else take advantage of your expenses, right?
(By the way, this image was purchased by me via istockphoto!)
Here’s a quick video on how this is accomplished in just a few simple steps:
There are dozens of other image editing tools within Picnik that you can explore and use this coming year – it’s a wonderful option for those of us that don’t have Photoshop to use or other expensive alternatives.
Oh, and don’t forget to have fun!