An image is the face of any blog post and that’s why it is important that you make the selection appropriately. We discussed about that in my previous post, 7 Simple Blogging tips to make your blog post perfect. However, if you are a SEO-focused blogger, you might have thought at least once about hosting the images on a third party site like Photobucket, Flickr, Dropbox and Imgur to decrease the page load time. But, is hosting images on a third-party site a good idea? Let’s find that out in this post.
There could be advantages to back the practice of hosting the images on a third party site. But, I would certainly not recommend this method to anyone who wants to be successful in blogging due to the following concerns:
- Third Party site down
What if the third party site goes down? Any firm, no matter how big it is, could disappear and fall down at any time. The same is with the third party site. What if it goes down? I will tell you what will happen if such a thing would happen. Your images will also disappear.
- Terms and Conditions
Every website has certain terms and conditions for the visitors to use their services. What if you don’t follow a few of them? In such cases, your account and the images in it will be at stake. Say if you have violated any serious instruction, chances are that even your account will get deleted in such situations.
Therefore, it is always better to host the images on your hosting space. If you are concerned about the image load time, I have a few tips for you.
Tips to optimize the Image
- Resize the image
Try resizing the images to the appropriate size. You can get this task done not only via high-end applications like Adobe Photoshop, but also via light applications like MS Paint.
- Compress the Image
Use any image compressing software to remove the additional pixels from the image. While following this method, make sure that the quality of the image is not lost.
However, you can still host the images on any third party site especially in cases like uploading more than 100 pics from a recent travel trip etc. In all other the cases, it is always advisable to host your images on your hosting platform.
Where do you host your images? Let us know about it in the comments section below.
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