By now you’re set up, published, and have branded your blog to be unique to you. To take things to the next level, you can start adding images and video to your text-based content to make your site more flashy and eye-catching.
If you’re blogging about photography, or sharing recipes, for instance, adding a visual dimension to your blog is all but essential. Even if your blog is more personal, or about something abstract like accounting or metaphysics, illustrating your ideas can really help bring them to life.
While your blog isn’t an advertisement, the average person browsing the web will only give you a few seconds to capture their interest before moving on. Therefore, it’s essential to catch visitors’ attention quickly with the use of engaging visuals.
Find copyright-cleared images quickly with Zemanta
Zemanta helps you to find great images for your posts without ever leaving WordPress.com.
As you write the content for a post, Zemanta will generate recommendations for images that you can add with a single click. Best of all, the images are copyright-cleared, and include the source attribution in the caption.
Once Zemanta has been activated, it will appear to the right of the post editor, near the bottom of the screen:
Here’s an examples of how a post looks after it’s been spiffed up by Zemanta:
You can activate Zemanta from Users > Personal Settings in your dashboard:
Want to know more? Check out the Zemanta Support document.
Add your own images
To add your own images to posts or pages, click the media icon in the visual editor:
Simply drag and drop your files into the box that appears, or click Select Files to choose a picture from your computer to upload. Or, click the Media Library tab to choose an image that you’ve already uploaded to your site.
Once the image is uploaded, you’ll see a screen like this:
You’ll have the option to edit settings like the image’s size and caption if you like.
Click the Edit Image button beneath the image preview to rotate, flip, scale, or crop the image.
When you’re ready, click Insert into Post.
Adjusting image placement and size
You can move images around by dragging and dropping them in different parts of your post.
To align an image so that the text of your post wraps around it, click the image, then click the blue image icon that appears:
Then select either left, center, or right alignment. You can also adjust the image’s size on this screen, using the Size options on the left. When you’re done, click Update.
It’ll look something like this:
Embed videos in seconds
If you’d like to add YouTube videos to your posts and pages, it’s as easy as copying the video’s URL from your web browser’s address bar:
And pasting it on a line by itself in your post/page editor:
We take care of the rest! The video will look something like this: