Template or Pictures?

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As always, AR is tossing around ideas to improve your blogging ease.  In addition to other improvements, we were wondering...

If you had the ability to upload a template or purchase a photo from iStockphoto directly from your blog, which one would you prefer and why?


Ability to Upload a Template


Ability to Purchase a Stock Photo

Comments (48)

Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

My first thought is that I am not purchasing a photo from anyone. I only use my own stuff. No issues that way.

Re/max Van

Putting pictures in seems pretty easy.

Jun 30, 2014 01:49 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

I agree with Brad comment #10. The templates will make everyone's blogs look the same, how boring. That boringness will create high bounce rates from searchers. The biggest complaint we get from people who have tried the big ZTRs is that everything looks the same and not enough information. I do have my own templates for market reports. I tried to use the one that AR had for a while, but that one is not condusive to our market or our niche. 

As far as stock photos go, I buy a license to use unlimited stock photos from my iclipart account where I have verified what I need to do in order to be allowed to use the photos for commercial gain and business blogging and websites. 

However, most of the time, we take our own photos. I like our own photos the best. Even if I do use an iclipart photo I use canva.com or picmonkey to add different touches to it. I create my own meme's and the new rule I have is that every image needs to have our watermark on it and linked to our sites and also that every image needs to have text on it, like the title of the blog post so that when we pin it to pinterest it makes sense. I don't think you will be able to offer that service with istockphoto. Katerina

Jun 30, 2014 02:05 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Blank page.  I like the freedom of doing my own thing, and certainly don't want to spend money on iStock.

Jun 30, 2014 03:03 PM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Because this is an either or scenario, I would pick template.  Primarily because of the ease of use.  It would be easy to just put the template up and then fill in the details based on the structure that is already in place.

Jun 30, 2014 09:43 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm not a big fan of templates, but I would like the option to have them and potentially modify them.  There are times I would also like to buy some stock photos.

Jun 30, 2014 09:50 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

That's an easy choice for me. I would opt for the templates. I can find my own photos, but templates that are designed to work with my blog would save so much time! Thanks for asking!

Jul 01, 2014 06:56 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

My stands is not to have a template that everyone on the community would have. Create your own and enjoy. 

Jul 01, 2014 11:08 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

NEITHER!   I agree with the others who say these features could be helpful to newbies, but it could also create a rather boring forum....everyone's posts looking the same.  I like that we all do our own thing and we all have our own format and look.

I think there are plenty of sources for pics, that don't require spending money, and newbies could feel as though they need to pay.  Also, it would feel like advertising or promoting iStock to me.


Jul 02, 2014 12:52 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Ditto Brad #10.  And, please don't template stuff.  Google will hate us.  And, do we have to keep changing every week?

Jul 02, 2014 12:56 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I try to use only photos I made myself.

As for templates, I did try them, but I modified it significantly( still nice to have a blue print, till you find your own style).

Jul 07, 2014 03:33 PM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I rarely buy stock photos, but maybe 6 times a year.  I suppose I would use the templates more, but not regularly. Over using templates will just make the blog look like all the others.

Jul 07, 2014 04:33 PM
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

I might use the templates to get ideas on how to lay out my blog.  I would not purchase the photos.

Jul 12, 2014 12:14 AM
Joy Roussell
Sugar Land, TX
Dedicated Realtor

I wouldn't purchase photos! I would personally like the blank pages, it's much easier to customize to your liking! 

Aug 12, 2014 10:48 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

I think I prefer the template over purchasing photos.  I have found several good sites where I can get free pictures plus my own stock is large. I agree with the comment about templates can become boring if everyone uses the same.  I prefer a basic template that I can customize with my own pictures and tag lines.

Aug 17, 2014 08:48 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Carry a camera with the safety off, ready for the local image eye candy. For the shock and awe and use in a blog post you create from scratch in the hunt and peck kitchen. So many templates, images look like tired templates and stock worn out see them everywhere images. That hurts the presentation, punch, recall of the guy and gal you are tapping on the shoulder, seeking to catch the corner of their eye. Avoid the sea of sameness.

Sep 19, 2014 09:31 PM
Steve James
Standard Real Estate Marketing - Richmond, BC
Online Marketing for the Real Estate industry

I think that you have to personalize everything on your site as much as possible, so the Template would be best, like this Quesnel realtor has done

Oct 06, 2014 09:48 AM
JM Padron, CCIM, CCP
THE JMTEAM NETWORK - Fort Lauderdale, FL
CCIM, CCP, International Commercial Broker

All good stuff, but Does anyone know how to insert pictures in the blog using an IPad?

It is really frustrating, don't understand how come they make it so cumbersome any input would be appreciated 

Dec 13, 2014 12:46 AM
JM Padron, CCIM, CCP
THE JMTEAM NETWORK - Fort Lauderdale, FL
CCIM, CCP, International Commercial Broker

I have asked many times how can I place pictures in a blog using my Ipad, anyone out there?

Dec 21, 2014 08:23 PM
Mari Armstrong
ArmsLink Realty - Murrells Inlet, SC
Offering You Honesty, Sincerity and Integrity

I always always always use my own photos. I have 87,000+ photos auto backed up to Google+ photos so I have a good selection to choose from. 

Jan 25, 2015 07:48 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Take your own images, shoot and edit your own video. And the look, in a sea of sameness, it can be bland like any industry. But the content, creative way you fill the inside of the template is what rules and causes a return of eyeballs and eardrums

Mar 31, 2015 09:11 PM