What's in Your Content?
So you've got a great story, article, or meme, that you just have to share with the world. You've poured your heart and soul into your piece. You've taken the time to add your keywords, hashtags, and seo phrases. You've taken the time to place every tag you could think of. You've put it on Facebook, Twitter, and every other network you can find, relevant or not. Then you waited. "This one is it!", you're thinking "This is the one that's going to go viral!".
What about the picture? You didn't add a picture! You didn't finish your piece. Granted there is no grand formula that will make a piece "great", "good", or even go viral, but everyone knows that a piece gets more attention when it has an image attached to it. What about that image, where do you get one? What should it be of?
The image is just as much an ingredient for your article as flour is to a cake or a pie. I used to bake a lot. I even have my own special pie crust recipe. It's what I call a "blond" crust. Yes, it's different from the conventional "lard" crust used by most bakers, but it's still a crust and does the job it was designed to do. It also gets more attention, because of the extra effort that is required to make it what it is. It takes more work, but it's more rewarding. The same goes for your article, an image can mean success or failure.
Where do you get an image? Content providers! I am a great place to start. We all charge different rates. Yes, you might be able to find free images, but beware, most photographers and artists consider articles written by professionals to be commercial usage whether the writer is paid for the piece or not. Others, like myself, have very loose usage terms and flexible rates. I accept donations instead of strict rates, because while I want to get paid, so that I can eat, I also understand that not everyone can pay the same. Everyone is different. I tried to take that into consideration when I set my system of usage and payment up. You can find my information, photo links, and payment information on my profile. Don't let your next "viral" piece die, by posting it without finishing it!
David Chappell, has been providing photos for writers for more than 10 years. Find more information at: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-chappell/welcome