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Blog posts with pictures are better than blog posts without pictures.
We could debate this, but we shouldn’t, because it’s simply the truth. Pictures don’t even need to be related to the content in order for them to do better. Pictures help people share your content. People don’t click through Facebook links that don’t have pictures. Pinterest is 100% picture dominated.
But adding them adds another level of complexity. You have to go out and find a picture (and it’s not simply looking something up on Google images — you need to find a picture that you’re allowed to use), then upload it, then resize it, and it’s annoying. I get that.
PicMonkey is a web-based photo editing tool that cuts the time it takes to make a picture with text overlay down by 90%. Also it’s free. I recently upgraded to Royale, which is their paid version. I love it. It doesn’t have more functionality, but it does let you use more fonts and overlays and buttons and whatnot.
The free version is definitely good enough (though those of you interested in setting up a product with a “freemium model” would do well to take a look at how they do it — it’s compelling!).
It allows you to quickly add a cool effect and resize a photo in less than a minute.
Like this one:
It even has fun overlays.
Like these critters:
It’s filled with fun fonts, too!
You could waste a whole day making pretty things using PicMonkey, but that’s not the point.
I know I’ve been in a position where pictures (or more accurately, lack of pictures) has prevented me from publishing a post.
Create collages, design your own thing, or add text to a photo.
The best part?
The second best part?
You can upload and edit a picture faster than it takes to simply open PhotoShop.
Have you tried it?