How to Insert Photos into your blog & Placing Properly to Make Them Pop!

Real Estate Agent with Myrtle Beach Homes Blog

Lilly Pad

The number 1 question that I get asked each week by new members is how to insert photos into your blog and move them around.  I would guess this question comes up anywhere from 3-5 times each week.  Adding photographs to your ordinary blocks of text in a blog post can take your boring posts to another level. 

Atlanta Botanical GardenHowever, many are confused on how to insert photos, or use the different components of ActiveRain's photo editor, so I am going to break this down into several components. 

The first part I am going to show you is how to insert photos either from your computers Hard Drive, or from a link to the photo on a web hosting service like Flickr. (Remember to read the TOS of the web hosting site before uploading photographs for commercial use.)

The one advantage to loading your picture to a web hosting site first is that it gives you another link in your blog that helps to build your SEO & Google juice by linking from the photo site to your blog.  You will notice that since I uploaded the picture of the Lilly Pads from my photo account, I have the ability to go back & place a link on it as well back to the photo album.  Since the picture on the left came straight from my hard drive, there isn't a way to link back to another area.  The other nice thing by linking this photograph is that if someone wants to see it much larger, they can click on the picture and will be directed straight to where the photo is available in full size. 

This first video will just show the 2 different ways to insert a picture onto your blog. I broke this tutorial into two parts to keep the videos from becoming too long. When you are actually inserting the picture into your blog, you would do both processes of both tutorials before clicking the update button.

This second video shows you how to align the photo in your post, re-size it & also place some white-space around your picture so that the words of your post do not run into your picture.

Here are a few final reminders for inserting photos onto your blog:

  • Do not use any photo that is not yours without written permission from the owner.  Using a photo without permission can result in an instant lawsuit and cost you thousands of dollars!
  • Remember the importance of labeling your photos!
  • Keep your photos on your ActiveRain blog under 550 pixels in width.  Any wider than that and you can run into major layout issues on your Outside Blog.
  • Turn off Pop-Up Blockers. The number #1 issue that people run into when trying to insert a picture is that they have a pop-up blocker that is prohibiting them from loading a photo.  Sometimes even after changing the settings they run into issues.  If this is the case, hold in the CTRL button on your keyboard when clicking the links and it should allow the boxes to load properly.
  • Give Credit to the Photographer.   Some places have a creative commons license which allows you to use another persons photo, but you must give them credit for taking the picture. 

The photos I used for this demonstration were taken from my Flickr Set that were taken on my recent trip to Atlanta & our journey to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

I hope this tutorial answers any questions you may have on how to insert an image into your blog.  If you have any other, do not hesitate to contact me.

Comments (55)

Ben Giordano
RE/MAX Sun & Sea - Boca Raton, FL

Great post. Thank you

Oct 11, 2009 09:37 AM
Global Professionals

Really great post and helpful too. Earlier I wasn't perfect in inserting pictures but now I followed the instructions and done it perfectly thanks a lot.

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Oct 13, 2009 07:43 PM
William Spells

That was helpful. If you would have typed it, I would still be lost. Videos are always helpful.


Oct 17, 2009 02:34 AM
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®-

Glad it helped you out William!

Oct 17, 2009 04:32 AM
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

Just what I needed to know!

Oct 27, 2009 11:44 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeremy, I would like to re-blog this t for our ActiveRain Photo Blogger Group. The only problem is the videos are not playing. Could you check it out and let me know when OK to re-blog. Many Thanks. Looks like a good basic tool for those that want to learn.


I went back in and now it works fine. No problem now , please disregard. That's like trying to un-ring a bell isn't it? LMAO.

Nov 01, 2009 11:59 AM
Trent Dalrymple (248) 854-0625
Texana Bank - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Allowing Mortgage Professionals to Lend Nationwide

Thanks Jeremy, a picture's worth a thousand words. 

Nov 07, 2009 07:45 AM
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Thanks very much, Jeremy!  Your videos were extremely helpful to this newbie to blogging!  

Dec 10, 2009 08:53 PM
Dawn & Charlie Tetro
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Johns Creek, GA
Real Service Real Results

Thank you Jeremy.  I have been puzzled about how to insert photos without them altering the layout in a fashion I was not too happy with.  This was a very helpful post.                               

Dec 17, 2009 06:31 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

THANK YOU for having this how to.  I really needed it.

Jan 07, 2010 07:50 AM
Rick Wellington
Fonville Morisey - Raleigh, NC

Thanks for the help. You are a good teacher.

Jan 08, 2010 02:04 AM
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 318.332.8281 - Natchitoches, LA

Excellent post!  I did a search and found your blog.  I think if I needed help inserting pictures, other members may need help with this, as well.  I am going to reblog it.  Thanks for sharing this information.

Aug 20, 2010 08:43 PM
Rich Quigley
Chicago, IL

Thanks for the post, Jeremy. i'm OK with inserting photos, but still having difficulty positioning. I wanted to do two pictures side by side, with a descriptor beneath each, but I have trouble getting them to line up. Any suggestons? I'll search through more posts to see if I get an answer.

Jan 29, 2011 01:00 AM
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Great instrucgtional post Jeremy.  I haven't even tried to position pictures, but now I might...

Aug 10, 2011 12:43 PM
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

Hi Jeremy, thanks for the great tips, learned something new with the linking to flkr, photo site......thanks again.

Aug 10, 2011 04:39 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Rats, I cannot see these videos on my iPad but at least I found a good post to explain how! I will return on laptop!
Oct 14, 2012 01:20 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Jeremy: Thank you for this information. I really need to work with my blogs more, to make them more presentable.

Mar 11, 2013 08:45 AM
Maya Garg * ASP/ASA/ABR/CNE/
Royal Lepage Signature Realty,Mississauga, Ontario - Mississauga, ON
Moving you Forward.... Buyers, Sellers, Investors
Thanks for explaining this
Mar 11, 2013 10:12 PM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

Hey, you made that sooooo easy that even an old fogie like me can understand. THANKS!!!

Mar 13, 2013 03:13 AM
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Thanks for the help with inserting photos. Now on to the text wrap. Box or something. Still looking for help here as well.

Jul 13, 2014 11:59 AM