Blogging Basics - Inserting Images Into Your ActiveRain Blog Post

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Having an image or two in a blog post makes a huge difference as to the drawing the reader’s interest to the page and capturing their eyes. The method to add an image is not hard and in this post I wanted to walk you through the steps so that you have that ability. Each blogging platform has a similar method but this post will be looking specifically at the ActiveRain platform. In the fall of 2013, ActiveRain updated the interface and this post will be helping you step through how it works.

First of all, you need an image and in many cases it will be a photo that you have taken yourself. It is important to save a copy of the photo in a smaller resolution, “blog optimized” size. This will help your pages load faster and it is a better user experience for your readers. I talk more about that on this post if you need to learn more about that.

Let’s go over a few thoughts about naming image files. Having file names that are descriptive helps you keep an organized library. It also gives an added hint to the search engines about what is in the image. If you are using images that are good targets for local searches, your image file name should match a good keyword hit. As a web designer, I prefer to use dashes between keywords as opposed to spaces or underscores. HOWEVER, the AR image uploader tool (at present) will not allow dashes as a delimeter (are you listening AR devs for future wishlist fixes?!). So my next preference for images in AR would be then to use spacesUnderscores in the past were not valid keyword delimiters in the Google algorithms. I haven’t seen any recent updates on the topic so I am playing it safe and assuming it still is true. (Matt Cutts talks about this in his 2011 video if you are interested in this topic.) Note also that you should have unique file names for each of your uploaded images. If you named your image “My collage.jpg” that will work the first time but the second time you can’t have a duplicate file name. If you add specific keywords to your images, duplicate file names should be easy to avoid.

When are ready to insert your image, set your cursor in the blog post where you want your photo/image to be. Click the insert image button from the toolbar.

 insert image button

Next, you will see a insert image window. Click the button on the right of the “Source” box to go to your library.


The next window that you see is a library of any images that you have already uploaded. Click the upload button to add a new image from your computer


Next, you will see a window where you have the option to drag and drop an image file into the center area to upload it (or if you prefer, you can click in the center area… this will give you a browse window where you can go find the image on your computer’s hard drive)


You will see a progress bar as your image is uploading. Then you will see a green check box when it has uploaded. Click the “Return File List” button to go back to your library.


When you are back in the library window, your newly uploaded image will be at the top – click the image to use it.

Finally, we are back to the very first window where the whole process started. You will see that the system has inserted the image URL for us. You should add an image description that describes what is in the image. This text description is not seen on the web page but is in the hidden back HTML code. It allows sight impaired persons to have their screen reader app tell them about the image. Also, we can strategically use this for SEO purposes by putting in keyword references that search engines can pick up on.


Notice also the Dimensions boxes. The most you can have in ActiveRain is 700 pixels wide. If your number is higher than this, you will need to type in a number 700 or less! (note the height number will automatically calculate for you when you adjust the width) Remember, if your starting number is substantially higher than 700 (e.g. 1500, 2000, 3000+) then you need to go check out my post (linked at the top of this page) about resizing blog images for your posts.

Finally, click Ok and your image will be inserted.

This post focused on the basics of getting an image uploaded and inserted. Oftentimes it is nice to have an image that is about half the width of the content area and your text can flow around the image. Bob Stewart has a great tutorial video here that I recommend you watch if you want to see demonstrated how to do this option.

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Comments (51)

Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Craig, Once again you have written a very informative post to help educate members and make our blogging experience a better one - thank you!

Jul 29, 2014 12:40 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Craig-Thanks for your tips on how to improve the quality of our posts on blogs.

Jul 30, 2014 01:36 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Excellent post, Craig! Exactly what I need right at this moment. God bless you for sharing. Printed out so I can put this easily into  my Craig Daniels notebook binder. Much of this is new to me however, I expect with my handy dandy Craig Daniels binder, it will soon be much clearer. Thanks.

Jul 31, 2014 04:09 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Excellent tutorial, with easy to understand directions.  Thank you!

Aug 03, 2014 10:35 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

You have the best information...I am going to have to go thru all your posts of helpful tips!!

Aug 09, 2014 12:20 AM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Independent architectural histor'n - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I needed the Bob Stewart video!  Thanks for the link and all your help!

Sep 02, 2014 08:27 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Craig Daniels - It sounds as though you're the Answer Man and as it turns out, I'm in need of an answer.  I hope you can help.

I don't see how to name photos I upload from my iPad.  I actually only have one photo uploaded.  When I go in to try and name it, I am unable to do so.

When I start to upload another photo, I get a message saying if I upload a photo with the same name , it'll replace all photos with that name.

It seems that naming is the issue and iPad compatibility or incompatibility may be a part of this.

Someone mentioned I may need an app that serves as an uploader, but that's as far as it got.  

If you would be so kind as to assist, I'd really appreciate it and I'm sure many others will as well.

Thank you!!

Dec 11, 2014 01:55 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

hi Jill Murty, Realtor ...
You have me curious now as I have never tried blogging from an iPad. I know with all the AR changes on mobile devices lately also, we may find some "how-to" posts on the site that are no longer accurate. Tonight when I get home to my iPad I am going to do some testing. Meanwhile, let me ping a few that come to mind who should have first hand experience that may be able to point us in the right direction on the topic (with current info). Any help guys??
cc Cheryl Ritchie   William Johnson    Richard Iarossi   Loreena Yeo 

Dec 11, 2014 02:33 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Craig Daniels - That is excellent.  Thanks so much!  

I'm really looking forward to hearing your input and that of the others.

I work primarily from my iPad, so this is a big deal for me and I suspect for others, as well.

Thanks again for picking this up and running with it!

Dec 11, 2014 04:40 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Jill Murty, Realtor 
(and anybody else that wants to add to the iPad photos discussion)
I'm jumping over to Jill's post here to add to her discussion that she already started over there. Please follow that link to continue that particular discussion. thanks!

Dec 11, 2014 08:22 AM
Robin Spangenberg
Northeast Signature Properties - Millis, MA
Opening the Finest Doors

Have just returned to AR after a lengthy absence and it's changed!  Thanks for your tutorial on how to resize an image - very helpful, clear and consise!


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Apr 22, 2015 10:16 AM
Michele Milic
Realty ONE Group ~ 702.419.5359 - Las Vegas, NV

I was just looking for this!!

Thank You Craig!

Jun 08, 2015 10:19 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Wow... THanks so much for the tutorial....... 

I have it book marked.

Sam Shueh

Oct 02, 2015 08:06 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I will ditto Sam Shueh , - " WOW...Thanks so much for the tutorial." I did read this before and saw the value. Tonight I again see the value. Came over from a featured post of Patricia Kennedy that had a link to this post. Really glad I did.

Oct 27, 2015 02:31 PM
Jocelyn Ucedo
Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate - Punta Cana, DR
Punta Cana Golf & Beach Resort Properties

Thanks for this informative post, I will definitely be following your blog!

Oct 28, 2015 11:24 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Just stopped by after reading Patricia Kennedy 's post ... where she recommended your post.  I found this very informative and learned something new about the words we use for descriptions and SEO.  I will be sure to think about that in my future blogs. Thanks.

Oct 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Connie Suehiro
Gary Mann Real Estate - Moses Lake, WA
Realtor/Broker "I love negotiating for my clients!

It looks like it would be easy to insert an image from uploaded images, but how do you upload images into your image library in the first place?  Thank you.

Jan 25, 2016 11:36 PM
Craig Daniels

Hi Connie. I reviewed these instructions today to see if they are still up to date. For the most part they are. One little change. In the instructions above, you see a point in the procedure to click a button to upload a file. Now when you do that, you will immediatedly be prompted to browse to find your desired file. If you wish to do the drag-and-drop option, you can still do that by pressing the Esc key at that point and then you can drag your desired file into the box shown. I hope that helps!

Jan 26, 2016 02:00 AM
Elena Roud
Locations, LLC - Honolulu, HI
Realtor, Russian Speaking - Honolulu Homes

thank you , it was helpful , I feel now they have many diferent ways to resize photos , it work best now if you go to to get a libk to your photo and resize it at the same time 

May 25, 2017 01:46 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Thank you for helping me be a better blogger. Alan May gave me this link for me to learn.


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