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Utilizing images in your blog posts is a great way to engage readers and spice up your articles. However, tracking down photos that are designated as Creative Commons can be tedious. I often use Flickr and perform advanced searches so that I only search within Creative Commons-licensed content. After I find the photo I want I have to download it, upload it to my server, resize it, and then position it in my post. Last but not least, I need to make sure I include a link in the post with proper attribution to the photographer.
Wylio Makes The Process Easier
Wylio is a service that makes finding and adding pictures to your blog a cinch. In their own words:
Wylio is the original, defacto, extra crunchy, all-in-one picture finder and re-sizer made specifically for bloggers. We are the quickest way for you to get a photo into your next blog post. When you use Wylio, you’re searching through the millions upon millions of Flickr photos that have been designated as Creative Commons works by their owners/uploaders. We don’t guarantee the validity of the licenses since we can’t control what people decide to upload to Flickr. So, be pragmatic when you decide what photo to use. If it’s painfully obvious that “flickr_user_1234” isn’t the copyright owner for that Coca-Cola logo they uploaded… don’t use it. That said, it is our opinion that people generally upload their own work to Flickr (like they’re suppose to). This means when a Flickr user decides to release one of their Flickr photos under a Creative Commons license, they are legally allowing certain uses of that photo.
Basically, you perform a search for the type of photo you are looking for. Once you find the photo you like, Wylio allows you to choose the right alignment, the size of the photo, and then presents you with a snippet of code to insert into your post. Wylio will take care of hosting the image for you as well as the photo credit links.
I’ve found Wylio to be a nice time saver in comparison to my old process. If you are looking for a simple way to add photos to your posts I recommend trying it out.