Setting Up A Photo (Data) Bank To Speed Up Blogging

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bloggingThis might sound strange but with the rise of Pinterest great visuals aka photos are even more important now than ever before. Your thumbnails might be the reason why people get curious enough to come and visit your blog and read your posts. So finding the right picture, photo or graphic is important.

If you are like me, then you are not using a lot of your own photos in your blogposts. You can save time by setting up your own photo data bank and pull from it any time you need a visual.

Creating your data bank:

  • Set aside a block of time just for this task.
  • Make a list of topics that you would like to write about in the near future. 
  • Go photo hunting:
  • Once you found photos download them, directly onto your laptop, desktop where you have created a general folder labeled accordingly. Then organize them into subfolders. Don't forget to also note your source and the photographer. If you are using WP you can upload them directly to your WP media library.
  • When you write your blogposts simply pull a picture from your file(s) that you would like to use.

Do you do something like that already? Tell me about it.

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Beth Paterson
Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592 - Saint Paul, MN
CRMP, NMLS #342859

A picture says a thousand words.   Great post and suggestion.  When I'm searching for a photo for one project I often find some that will be fitting for a future use so I save and have been creating my data bank.  If they are from a pay for photo site I'll save a copy with the ID number so I can go back to it when I'm ready to purchase it.

Feb 13, 2012 02:50 PM #19
Susanna Haynie
CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor GRI CNE MCNE ePro MRP

Thank you very much for the feature.

@Joyce - the cloud!Perfect. Even better that's were all our 'stuff' needs to be instead of clogging up our technology!

@ Michael - I just sent you an email. Would love to shed some light on it for you.

@Jo - LOL you are right, we can always use photos of houses

@Ed - Yes! Inspiration! That's what we are all waiting for at one point or another LOL! Thanks for the congrats I never know until someone says something  :-)

@Mary - welcome to the rain. I am sure you will like it here. At the moment I am a little addicted and should probably be spending time on my marketing plan instead of writing here

@Barbara -  I am so glad that this helped you. Personally, it took me awhile to figure it out. Others here on AR seem to have been 'with it' longer.

@Kathy - thank you for stopping by. You were actually the inspiration for the post, when you were writing about your family visiting and you wanted to get back to AR ;-)

@Bruce - smart phones these days have great resolution even for blogging and you'll always have that with you. I am sure on active rain, we wouldn't mind seeing your grandson and his 'antics'

@Tammy - Something happened? What was it? Did you blog about it? Would love for you to share so that we don't get into the same predicament? THANKS!



Feb 13, 2012 03:14 PM #20
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Susana, I also use royalty free clip art and photos and keep them in folders. But I also like the idea of builing my own photo file. So I will start that too. Nice post!

Feb 13, 2012 04:34 PM #21
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Susanna--the longer I have been blogging the more photos I have taken.  I generally don't grab them in advance (which is a great suggestion you have made).  I laugh that it often takes me longer to find the right photos than to write the copy.  If I knew everything I was going to write about it would be much easier, but thoughts just pop into my head and then I wonder what I will use for a photo. 

Feb 13, 2012 04:34 PM #22
Toronto, ON

Hi Susanna - Maintaining a portfolio of photos for use in blogs is always a smart idea.

Feb 13, 2012 05:21 PM #23
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

I do take a lot of my own photos, plus I download from sites I pay for - have them all fairly well organized on my hard drive. But, posting to Pinterest is a GREAT idea!! Thank you and congrats on the feature!

Feb 13, 2012 05:25 PM #24
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Suzanna, I have been working on organizing my own and purchased photo files for over 3 1/2 years. At last count I have 

67,500+ photos ( representing about 500GB ) and just organizing by category can be an  awesome undertaking. 

While I have 2 copies of each one on Terabyte external drives, if you have a lot of photos, they will utilize too much hard drive 

and should be stored external. Here is something that must be considered. We all know backing up files is essential. If the computer

files get corrupted, you can also accidentally corrupt the external data files unless  you control the time of the downloads 

to the external drive. If a computer photo file ever becomes corrupt or flawed, you will have backed it that way. It all sounds simple but overtime these

photos multiply and a good long term plan should be implemented early on.

Congratulations on the feature and helping otherss to take custody of  this information

Feb 13, 2012 06:57 PM #25
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Can you explain the link love thing? So if I have photograer blogging buds they do what to the photo to get the extra juice?

Feb 13, 2012 11:02 PM #26
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Susanna,

I do have an organized file just for photos, keeps them at the ready for when I need them.  Slowly moving into The Cloud as well.

Great blog and tips, thanks for sharing!

Feb 13, 2012 11:14 PM #27
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

I have an external hard drive that is begging for mercy it has so many pictures on it! I'm always taking a picture of something when I'm out and about; if I forget my camera I just use my iPhone which takes pictures just as good if not better than the camera! Plus, with all the photography apps out there now you can edit and add effects to a photo as soon as you take it, and then it gets stored in the iCloud. 

Feb 14, 2012 12:25 AM #28
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Susanna, I have a huge file of folders of pictures. Many I downloaded from Many are my own. I llike Williams suggestion of backing them up somewhere.

Feb 14, 2012 01:06 AM #29
Dee Nofziger
|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog - Toledo, OH
Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty

Yep, that has been my game plan for awhile now. I often download photos for future blog posts while I watch TV at night. And a really good idea when you are brain-dead as far as inspiration is to go through your photo and clipart file to see what may strike your fancy. It's amazing how a funky photo will turn in to a blog post!

Feb 14, 2012 01:16 AM #30
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Susanna, These are great resources – thank you. I just grab a photo when I need one. You have provided a few photo resources that I was not aware of. 

Feb 14, 2012 03:57 AM #31
Kimberley Rosenstein
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Superior Service

Anytime a photo catches my eye I always save it just in case and I usually end up using them. Great post with some awesome photo sites. 

Feb 14, 2012 05:29 AM #32
Raymond Kennedy
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Orland Park, IL

Thanks for the links, I have used the last one for years, that one is a great source. This is a good idea and you just added a to do on my list of things to do as if it wasn't long enough :D

Feb 14, 2012 06:01 AM #33
Tyra General
240.706.7653 - Fort Washington, MD
DC Metro Short Sale & Luxury Specialist

Thanks for writing this post! 

Feb 14, 2012 10:08 AM #34
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Susanna - I have a good portion of my photos organized by date and then also by category.  So, I have lots of duplicates of pictures eating up space on my hard drives.

Feb 14, 2012 01:40 PM #35
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

  Susanna, great tips and links to images.  I think the more we blog the more we point and click just about everywhere we go ~ it's a great way to have an image that you own at your fingertips!  But it sure can be hard remembering where that image is!  

Feb 15, 2012 09:05 AM #36
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Finding good pictures in the public domain can be very time-consuming.  This is a good idea and a real time saver.  Thanks. 

Feb 15, 2012 09:53 AM #37
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

I always have wondered how much space pics tie up a computer or does it matter now that we have all this memory and rammy thingey

Feb 20, 2012 09:38 PM #38
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