Adding a beautiful picture to your article on InfoBarrel will make it nicer and more professional. Many writers will not submit an article without an image that looks professional or enticing to the reader. This practice will increase page views and emphasize the quality of the article.
There is a quick and free way for you to find great pics for your article. I have used this strategy on one of my blogs and had immediate success with it.
Here is how you do it:
Things You Will Need
Step 1. Go to flickr.com. (For those of you who don't know, this is the largest photography community online).
Step 2. Go to its advanced search. A quick way to do it from the home page is to leave the search box blank and click the Search button. This will take you to another search page and an advanced search link will now be available to the right of the search button. Click this link.
Step 3. Fill in the keywords you are searching for in the search for textbox. I usually leave the default of "All of these words" and "Full text" but feel free to experiment based on the results you get.
The most important step now is to go to the bottom of the page to the Creative Commons section (learn more about Creative Commons here). Select the "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content" checkbox and then select the "Find content to use commercially" checkbox.
Click the "Search" button!
Step 4. You will now see many images displayed in the results. The default sort will be "Relevant". To get the best quality images, you need to change the default to "Interesting". Flickr has an algorithm that tends to put images of better quality in the interesting pile.
Find an image that you like and click the thumbnail.
Step 5. Take a screen capture of the image on the image detail page and save this image to your computer. Also, make a note of the url of the webpage.
Step 6. Write your InfoBarrel article and upload the image you saved to your computer to it. Make sure you put a line in your article giving credit to the photographer. To see an example of this, my first article I wrote "How to do a wheelie on a mountain bike" has an image I found on flickr and I added a line at the bottom of the article entitled "image source" and linked it back to the original image.
Step 7. Wait for your article to get approved and then check out how much better your article looks with a fancy image on it!
I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial. Remember, adding at least one image to your article will already make it stand out. Many readers are visual learners so images will help them a lot when they go over your article.
Tips & Warnings
Make sure you always give credit back to the photographer and only use pictures that have the proper Creative commons license.