ActiveRain Tutorials: How to Insert Photos into your blog & Placing Properly to Make Them Pop!

How to Insert Photos into your blog & Placing Properly to Make Them Pop!

Lilly Pad

The number 1 question that I get asked each week by new members is how to insert photos into your blog and move them around.  I would guess this question comes up anywhere from 3-5 times each week.  Adding photographs to your ordinary blocks of text in a blog post can take your boring posts to another level. 

Atlanta Botanical GardenHowever, many are confused on how to insert photos, or use the different components of ActiveRain's photo editor, so I am going to break this down into several components. 

The first part I am going to show you is how to insert photos either from your computers Hard Drive, or from a link to the photo on a web hosting service like Flickr. (Remember to read the TOS of the web hosting site before uploading photographs for commercial use.)

The one advantage to loading your picture to a web hosting site first is that it gives you another link in your blog that helps to build your SEO & Google juice by linking from the photo site to your blog.  You will notice that since I uploaded the picture of the Lilly Pads from my photo account, I have the ability to go back & place a link on it as well back to the photo album.  Since the picture on the left came straight from my hard drive, there isn't a way to link back to another area.  The other nice thing by linking this photograph is that if someone wants to see it much larger, they can click on the picture and will be directed straight to where the photo is available in full size. 

This first video will just show the 2 different ways to insert a picture onto your blog. I broke this tutorial into two parts to keep the videos from becoming too long. When you are actually inserting the picture into your blog, you would do both processes of both tutorials before clicking the update button.

This second video shows you how to align the photo in your post, re-size it & also place some white-space around your picture so that the words of your post do not run into your picture.

Here are a few final reminders for inserting photos onto your blog:

  • Do not use any photo that is not yours without written permission from the owner.  Using a photo without permission can result in an instant lawsuit and cost you thousands of dollars!
  • Remember the importance of labeling your photos!
  • Keep your photos on your ActiveRain blog under 550 pixels in width.  Any wider than that and you can run into major layout issues on your Outside Blog.
  • Turn off Pop-Up Blockers. The number #1 issue that people run into when trying to insert a picture is that they have a pop-up blocker that is prohibiting them from loading a photo.  Sometimes even after changing the settings they run into issues.  If this is the case, hold in the CTRL button on your keyboard when clicking the links and it should allow the boxes to load properly.
  • Give Credit to the Photographer.   Some places have a creative commons license which allows you to use another persons photo, but you must give them credit for taking the picture. 

The photos I used for this demonstration were taken from my Flickr Set that were taken on my recent trip to Atlanta & our journey to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

I hope this tutorial answers any questions you may have on how to insert an image into your blog.  If you have any other, do not hesitate to contact me.

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Comment balloon 55 commentsJeremy Blanton • September 08 2009 04:24PM


Good instructional Jeremy.  I've walked a number of AR members through this process.  It makes a huge difference in the "eye appeal" of their posts.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Great post - I never realized about how good it is to have another link by putting my photos on a hosting site - I will be doing this - always looking for ways to create links back.  Thanks

Posted by Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate (RE/MAX Showcase Homes) almost 11 years ago

 Thank you SO much for this wonderful information Jeremy!!

Posted by Kelli~Rhyanne Bartley (Keller Williams Realty Mid~Willamette) almost 11 years ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge! Sandy

Posted by Sandy McKee (Sunstreet Mortgage) almost 11 years ago

Great post - I sure home everyone reads it - I so hate seeing posts where there is no "space" between text and photo!

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) almost 11 years ago

I am going to bookmark this as I'm sure a quick read wont be enough...Thanks for sharing

Posted by michelangelo vasco (mvp realty inc.) almost 11 years ago

 Jeremy, I've been waiting for this one. Very instructive, thanks so much. Welcome back to the grind.

Posted by Greg Saffell, Real Estate Professional Tucson, Oro Valley AZ almost 11 years ago

Darn, Jeremy- where was this when I was trying to figure out how to place photos in my blogs last year. But, great information. Better late than never.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 11 years ago

You're back!  You're back!  You're back!  Welcome back.  Great tutorial.  Just a minor thing here, though.  You can link a photo from your hard drive to somewhere else if you wish simply by uploading the photo, clicking on the photo, clicking the link icon and adding the URL there.  The benefit of adding the photo from an account such as Flickr or PhotoBucket is just as you said, you can view it in a larger size if you want as well as the SEO/Google juice.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 11 years ago

Of course, I could have just TOTALLY misunderstood what you meant in your post about not being able to link a photo that comes from your hard drive.  If so, sorry.  :)

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the easy, step by step tutorial.  Great info.

Posted by Jane Penttinen, NMLS #222178 (V.I.P. Mortgage ) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy, I have helped some agents in my office, but now I will just refer them to this great tutorial,

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Dude you totally just did my next blog - but thank God ... I'm going to go back to my blog post from the other day and link this up. Awesome. Thanks!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 11 years ago


Thank you very much for taking the time to show us how to do this.  Maybe I am wrong, but I would like to know how to do all of this before I start my first blog.  I really appreciate the opportunity to learn this!  Thanks, Jeremy!


Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Jeremy -- little by little I'll get the hang of creating more appealing blogs.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 11 years ago

This is a great post and the videos are easy to understand.  I have bookmarked this post and will be back.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago

I reblogged you!  Great write up!

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy-Great advise for all, Thanks!

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) almost 11 years ago

Thanks, Jeremy.  I wondered why I see so many posts with the text hitting the picture.  The light bulb went off.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 11 years ago

Psych! I so needed a refresher on some of this, and here it is!

Have not watched them yet (it's brain dead time and past midnight) but I'll be back!

Thanks for a great post!

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale ( |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy:  You are awesome on creating helpful ideas for the readers and we certainly appreciate all your help and easy to understand posts.  Thank You, I have wondered how this was accompolished and now we have the answers.

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) almost 11 years ago

Second video will help a lot. With this I will shape up my blog layout.

Posted by Eric Bracht, Idaho Luxury Home Sales (Bracht Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jeremy! ;-) How can I make my header in my OB pop?? Ha ha.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 11 years ago

Jeremy - you are the tutorial guru!  Andersohn needs to step aside!  JK!!!!  Thanks for all of your technical posts made easy!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy, good information...Maybe another good topic to post on is editing photos you've already added...I thought I knew how to do this as I swear I've done it in the past, but it doesn't seem to be working now...Don't you click the picture you want to edit, then click the picture icon?  Anyway, that's how I thought it used to work, but when I tried to today, it brought up a new blank window which would indicate I'd be adding a picture instead of editing the one I already have in my post...Hope this makes sense...Anyway, I guess you need the basics before you "take it to another level", LOL!  Thanks for the post!

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Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) almost 11 years ago

Chanda-  The steps you mentioned do seem to be the correct way to edit a photo.  You first click on the photo you wish to edit which will bring up a box around the picture.  Then, click on the tree which should open up the edit box for that photo.  Then, make your changes to the photo and click save. 

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy, Thanks for the tips.  I can always work on my photos.  And I love step-by-step.  I look forward to improving my visuals.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy - You're warning about reading the Flickr TOS needs to be a bit bigger!  No one wants to end up in my position.  I just hope I can save one agent from the mess I created.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) almost 11 years ago

Matt- I share your horror story on a regular basis with members.  I feel so bad for you my friend.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago

Wonderful, Jeremy! I hadn't noticed the "hard to see cursor" when I moved pictures, which is why I always had bad results.

I also appreciate the tip on extra links via photo upload. Is there any loading time difference, however, for a reader depending on whether it originated from my hard drive or a Website?

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy, I quite often have the same situation as Chanda.  I just now went to a post (my latest with a picture of my dog) clicked on the picture then the tree and I get a new blank window.

What's up with that? 

Posted by Marie Story, Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist (Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami)) almost 11 years ago

Jeremy, I was just wondering how to do this.  Thanks for the clear and informative videos!

Posted by Laurie Hellmer, Dowtown Chicago Lofts and Chicago Neighborhood Realty (Real People Realty) almost 11 years ago

I'm a visual learner, and the videos were very helpful! Thank you!

Posted by Katie Brown, Associate Broker (Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thank you! I was delaying my post as it seemed to need visual attraction.  I just added photos (for the first time) and posted my blog.  I think it's a good first try for the clip art.  Keep 'em coming!

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) over 10 years ago


I wish I would have taken the time to read your helpful psot months ago.



Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) over 10 years ago

Great post. Thank you

Posted by Ben Giordano (RE/MAX Sun & Sea) over 10 years ago

Really great post and helpful too. Earlier I wasn't perfect in inserting pictures but now I followed the instructions and done it perfectly thanks a lot.

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Posted by Global Professionals over 10 years ago

That was helpful. If you would have typed it, I would still be lost. Videos are always helpful.


Posted by William Spells (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY HOOVER) over 10 years ago

Glad it helped you out William!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 10 years ago

Just what I needed to know!

Posted by Deena Cottingham, Home Stager & Photographer (GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography) over 10 years ago

Hi Jeremy, I would like to re-blog this t for our ActiveRain Photo Blogger Group. The only problem is the videos are not playing. Could you check it out and let me know when OK to re-blog. Many Thanks. Looks like a good basic tool for those that want to learn.


I went back in and now it works fine. No problem now , please disregard. That's like trying to un-ring a bell isn't it? LMAO.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 10 years ago

Thanks Jeremy, a picture's worth a thousand words. 

Posted by Trent Dalrymple (248) 854-0625, Allowing Mortgage Professionals to Lend Nationwide (Texana Bank) over 10 years ago

Thanks very much, Jeremy!  Your videos were extremely helpful to this newbie to blogging!  

Posted by Nancy Maurer, Home Stager - Serving No. NJ (Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC) over 10 years ago

Thank you Jeremy.  I have been puzzled about how to insert photos without them altering the layout in a fashion I was not too happy with.  This was a very helpful post.                               

Posted by Dawn & Charlie Tetro, Real Service Real Results (PalmerHouse Properties & Associates) over 10 years ago

THANK YOU for having this how to.  I really needed it.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the help. You are a good teacher.

Posted by Rick Wellington (Fonville Morisey ) over 10 years ago

Excellent post!  I did a search and found your blog.  I think if I needed help inserting pictures, other members may need help with this, as well.  I am going to reblog it.  Thanks for sharing this information.

Posted by Dinah Stallworth-Lewis, NATCHITOCHES, LA HOMES FOR SALE (Priority Real Estate LLC - 318.332.8281) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the post, Jeremy. i'm OK with inserting photos, but still having difficulty positioning. I wanted to do two pictures side by side, with a descriptor beneath each, but I have trouble getting them to line up. Any suggestons? I'll search through more posts to see if I get an answer.

Posted by Rich Quigley over 9 years ago

Great instrucgtional post Jeremy.  I haven't even tried to position pictures, but now I might...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy, thanks for the great tips, learned something new with the linking to flkr, photo site......thanks again.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) almost 9 years ago
Rats, I cannot see these videos on my iPad but at least I found a good post to explain how! I will return on laptop!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 7 years ago

Jeremy: Thank you for this information. I really need to work with my blogs more, to make them more presentable.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 7 years ago
Thanks for explaining this
Posted by Maya Garg * ASP/ASA/ABR/CNE/, Moving you Forward.... Buyers, Sellers, Investors (Royal Lepage Signature Realty,Mississauga, Ontario) over 7 years ago

Hey, you made that sooooo easy that even an old fogie like me can understand. THANKS!!!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: / cell: 334-494-7846 (iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\) over 7 years ago

Thanks for the help with inserting photos. Now on to the text wrap. Box or something. Still looking for help here as well.

Posted by Ted Glover, ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422 (Alderman Classic Realty, LLC) almost 6 years ago