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How to Add Pictures in Your Blog

Real Estate Agent with Novella Real Estate

A picture is worth a thousand words and it certainly enhances a blog.  Pictures get attention and help illustrate a point.  Sometimes pictures have no point, but then some blogs are pointless too!  :)

Before adding a picture, you need to know if it is protected by copyright.  If it doesn't belong to you, you can but the rights to use it, or you can use your own photo.  Using a photo that does not belong to you is stealing, plain and simple. 

Where can you find pictures to purchase? 

Doing a Google search for "royalty free photos" will yield many sources for photos. Please note, just because the photo is "royalty free" doesn't mean it is free.  You will need to pay for the photo.  You can buy a catalog of real estate photos, or a single photo.  I like using




Most of the time, I prefer to use my own photos of sites in and around Denver, Colorado.  I take tons of photos and have a collection of pictures from many places. So when possible I use my own stock.  You can do the same.

Instructions for uploading Photos

 I keep my photos on my hard drive in a folder called, "MY Pictures"  Within that folder I have additional subfolders named after what ever the photo is about. When I use a photo in my Blog, I keep that photo in a folder named "blog pics" just so I can easily find it. 

Once you have written your blog, you can add a photo. While in the blog composition box, you click on the tool bar at the top.

After clicking on the "picture of a tree" another dialog box will appear. It looks like this:

demonstrating the process for adding a photo

The red arrow above shows where you need to click, It will bring up a "search box" that looks like this:

dialogue box to surf for photos

The next step; click on the "Browse" button. Now you need to know where the photo is on your computer.  Surf to the proper file.

My photo file looks like this:

sample blog photos


When you find your photo, click on it.  The file will then load into the "File Name" box.  Click "open"

The picture file is then loaded into the "Upload box" that looks like this:

picture upload dialogue box



Once you click on the "Upload Photo" box, the next box you will see will be one that requires you to adjust the photo's attributes for positioning on the page.  You will also give the photo a description (to aid impaired viewers & a title)  Be sure to pay attention to BOTH tabs at the top.  See the illustration below.

process for adding a photo

The Appearance tab looks like this:

setting horizontal space demonstration

The second tab is very important for placing your photo on the page.  If you don't give the proper instructions, you end up with a mess.

Once this section is complete, click INSERT.  In a few seconds (be patient) your photo will appear on your blog.  If it doesn't work, keep practicing.  Usually if it fails it's a user error.  I know about that, trust me!  :)


Colorado Licensed Broker
ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative
CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist
CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
The Berkshire Group Realtors
3801 E. Florida Ave. Suite 400
Denver, Colorado, 80210
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Selling Denver and the 'burbs


Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Thanks, Kristal!  Valuable information for a Newbie!

May 13, 2010 05:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

KK - an oldie but a goodie. I thought I remembered this from before. It really is pretty easy to add photos, especially if folks just follow your tutorial (exxcept when we are having proxy errors - they have been occuring again, along with a bad gateway here and there, although with far less frequency).


May 14, 2010 06:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This post was fabulous, I should have known to look at YOUR blogs to find out how to do this!   THX Kristal!

Jul 06, 2010 03:20 AM
Colleen Sheridan
MySquareFeet.com - Wethersfield, CT

Yikes, I am following your instructins closely, but I cannot get past the first step.  I think there is a pop up blocker keeping the second screen from showing, so I am not getting the browse screen to add the picture.  I tried adding Active Rain to my safe list, but since they are a http:// instead of a https:// Microsoft will not allow me to add it.  I have a newer computer with windows 7.  Any suggestions?

Jul 30, 2010 01:13 PM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Colleen,  Try holding your "CTRL" key down, that should block the popup blockers!


Jul 30, 2010 01:37 PM
Matthew Bartlett
Corcoran Global Living - Hill Top Team DRE Lic. #01353034 - Glendora, CA

Hi Kristal, thanks for the post! I picked up on several common mistakes I have been making with regularity. 

Jul 30, 2010 04:33 PM
Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Madison - Madison, AL
256-348-1527 Call/Text

Kristal ~ I've uploaded pictures before, but couldn't figure out how to format them until I read your directions. Thanks for this (not so recent) post!  I found it with a Google search :)

Jul 31, 2010 01:50 AM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Matt & Karen,  You are welcome!  This post keeps getting comments, I wonder how people actually find it!  Glad to be of help,


Jul 31, 2010 02:42 AM
melody salazar
Salazar Staging & Custom Interiors - New Braunfels, TX

Kristal,  I get all the way to the UPLOAD box and then it stalls and then I get error message saying Bad Server.  I've tried using both Internet Explorer and Mozilla and neither work.  Can you advise?


Aug 21, 2010 02:02 PM
Randy Dodd
Rosanna's Realty - Abilene, TX

cool and useful post, I learned to do it by myself a few months ago made several mistakes hope the info helps others.

Aug 21, 2010 02:09 PM
Kathy Denworth
BHHS Keys Real Estate - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

I'm still having problems uploading photos. I discovered the attributes tag this morning, but it was great getting an explaination.


I get

Bad Gateway

The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server.

Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) mod_ssl/2.2.3 OpenSSL/0.9.8e-fips-rhel5 Server at activerain.com Port 80


Sep 06, 2010 12:59 AM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Kathy, The error message you are receiving is from AR's server.  It's nothing you are doing wrong.  Try it a few times more, perhaps it will go away.

Good luck!


Sep 06, 2010 01:07 PM
Elizabeth DeMarco
First Impressions by Elizabeth - Lansdale, PA

Thank you!!! I have been having trouble doing this! I am so glad I stumbled on this!

Mar 19, 2011 11:52 AM
Elizabeth DeMarco
First Impressions by Elizabeth - Lansdale, PA

Thank you!!! I have been having trouble doing this! I am so glad I stumbled on this!

Mar 19, 2011 11:52 AM
Yvonne Van Camp REALTOR
To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty - Springfield, MO
"Home"work, I have the Answers!
Colleen, I have the same problem, I have windows 7 also, hum!!
Aug 27, 2011 10:52 AM
Jim Linaburg
Hayes Realty - Cuyahoga Falls, OH

How do I get my profile picture in my blog comments?

Nov 20, 2011 02:52 PM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Jim,  Your profile image will appear when you have written a certain amount of comments and/or blogs.  I'm not sure what the number is, so keep writing!


Nov 21, 2011 03:17 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

I just linked to your blog cause it's so thorough and good ;-) http://activerain.com/blogsview/3750153/are-you-optimizing-your-images-for-search-engines-

Jun 06, 2013 11:41 PM
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Yup. Good stuff. The place most people seem to have problems with is the Appearance screen, though. Perhaps I'll post about that. Is that Mt. Wilson and Sunshine Peak in Telluride?

Sep 12, 2013 06:05 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Thanks so much for this post.  It has changed a lot since I last loaded a photo to my blog!

Jun 06, 2014 07:07 AM