Adding Pictures to your Wikinut Page: How and Why

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 25th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/k2cl97_i/
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It might surprise many writers to know that adding pictures to their Wikinut Article will have their article rate better by the Moderation team, as well as get more views.

Your Profile

When you join Wikinut you get a pretty blue W as a profile image, but that is of no interest to people who come to the Wikinut site to browse. As such the first thing any writer should do is upload a small picture of themselves. Do this under “Edit Your Author Photo”. If you do not have a picture of yourself, Wikinut offers some sample photos that you can select from.

Your profile photo will appear as the thumbnail (preview image) for any articles you write.

In Your Article


Nearly every article can, and should, have a photo. Ideally you should use a related photo that you took yourself, but if not you can find copyright free photos on the web (be sure they are free to use for commercial purposes). If you are using your own pictures, that is great, otherwise give credit to the photographer or source. Wikimedia is a good place for copyright free photos, as is photos8.com, and flickr (use advanced search option to find those that are legal to use in commercial works). To Upload an image from one of these sources, save it to your computer first.

If you need help finding copyright free photos, click here.

Wikinut gives you the option of having your image appear small beside your words, or large and above them. I prefer the neater look of the smaller image, but have shown you both.

Why Images

People like to look at pretty pictures, it's a fact. If people adopted as many kittens as they looked at pictures of kittens on the Internet, there would be no homeless pets. Pictures “sell” articles, and one saying is “Pics or it didn't happen”. People want information, yes, but its the pictures that are the icing on the cake.

People are more likely to share articles with pictures than without. Imagine two identical articles, the one with even one picture will typically do better than the one without.
Also you may note that the Wikinut moderation team rates articles slightly better if they have pictures, than if not, as it is well known that pictures add a more finished touch to an article.

If you are writing a How To Guide, for example, pictures are always almost a must have feature.

Links

Google Images, Bing Images, etc, are NOT always Legal to Use

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Meet the author

author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Retired
25th Jul 2010 (#)

Thank you so much for this information Mark. I just bought a few photos to use from istock. I bought them for twenty-five dollars and only got a four pics. and they were the smallest (you pay for size). My last article was one from i-stock, it's a beautiful pic., but eventually I would be paying quite a lot to keep future articles with images. I want high quality images and I think you've given me the answer. Can't thank you enough
hugs:)

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author avatar chrysolite
25th Jul 2010 (#)

Thank you for the link to photo8! Been looking for something like that and the site is fast! Soon I will have more battery power to be online and then I'll add photos and videos again. Thanks again!

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author avatar Kelraye78
26th Jul 2010 (#)

Thanks for the information. I have added photos to a couple of my pages here, but it always takes me a little bit of time to learn the formatting rules. I think the text editor on this site is great!

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author avatar Garden Nut
26th Jul 2010 (#)

I agree that photos are important; however, I have recently had to delete a couple of mine because I cannot edit the photo caption and I can't find that info on the site. Please help!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Jul 2010 (#)

What I have done is removed a picture then added it back and was able to recaption. Otherwise I too am not sure how one does it.

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author avatar SuzAlicie
26th Jul 2010 (#)

I'm glad to see you also suggest removing and re-adding the photo, that was all I could think of to tell her when I moderated the page. Thanks for some great info!

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author avatar Retired
26th Jul 2010 (#)

Hi-Thanks,I love to add photographs in all of my pages, in fact some of them have more than 5 and as I love photography and writing a book on tourism,I use them for showing places.I also use some self drawn ones too.

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author avatar Ruby Hawk
26th Jul 2010 (#)

Thanks Mark for the information. I can't get a picture on as yet but I haven't spent a lot of time with it. I like pictures, too.

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author avatar Sourav
28th Jul 2010 (#)

Good and helpful write indeed!

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author avatar M. J. Joachim
28th Jul 2010 (#)

Quick question: When you add photos and the site asks for a linkback, is it best to do the linkback as the photo caption or should you add a "credits" line at the end of your article?

I'd prefer not to have a caption on some of my pics at all, but Wikinut requires it so I just put the linkback there.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Jul 2010 (#)

do either, as long as you have something you wont get suspected of stolen a picture.

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author avatar M. J. Joachim
28th Jul 2010 (#)

Thanks!

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2010 (#)

Thank you Mark.
I will start adding pictures to my articles.
I am new and I want to learn all.

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author avatar WRITER92
19th Aug 2010 (#)

Thank you,Very useful information

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author avatar Angelique Newman
16th Oct 2010 (#)

Thanks for the great advise :-) I'd also like to learn how to put a Youtube clip in my article--it looks a little tricky. Hopefully there's a way.

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author avatar La Verne
21st Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks for this wonderful information...I have been looking for free photos...but there lots of steps...but this one is good.:)

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author avatar Dafeenah
25th Mar 2011 (#)

I didn't know pictures helped with increasing views, but I did notice that all the star pages had pictures so I started using them because of that. Once again thanks for the great info

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author avatar aimera
10th Jul 2011 (#)

Thanks a lot, Mark, especially the link for free photos. I really need it.

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author avatar Noreen Ann Snyder
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for the great information, Mark! Now I will be using photos on mine. Have a great night!

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author avatar shaheda
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for the tips on images and also for reviewing my pages and publishing them.

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author avatar writestuff
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Very informative article. Just what I needed to know. Please keep up the good work!!!

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author avatar Mikej
9th Dec 2013 (#)

Very Useful Information. Thank you for this.

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author avatar DaddyEvil
18th Mar 2014 (#)

I almost always do add my own pictures to my articles, Mark.
I do have a question though. I used one of my logo pictures on the article I just published.
Do you actually count those as pictures? (Some sites don't, so I am asking.)
Thank you for a good article!

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