PhotoDropper Premium Review

Review of: PhotoDropper
Price:
FREE

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Rating:
5
On November 21, 2012
Last modified:January 20, 2013

Summary:

PhotoDropper is a simple plugin for WordPress that simplifies the process of finding and using images in your blog. The latest version will allow you to easily search and buy stock images as well.

Images are an extremely important part of successfully running a website. To illustrate just how powerful infographics are, please reference the statistics below from an infographic done by MDG advertising. Below are some statistics taken from that infographic:

  • Articles containing relevant images have 94% more pageviews on average than articles without.
  • 60% of consumers admit that they are more likely to contact and/or consider a company that has images in local search results.
  • 67% of consumers say the quality of a product image is very important in selecting and purchasing a product.
  • Facebook posts with a picture enjoy a .37% engagement rate. Much higher than just text alone which receives .27%.

When you combine these numbers with the fact that Pinterest is now a leading source of referral traffic, above Twitter, Yahoo and Bing… You should already be asking how to include images in your blogging gameplan.

So, Why Don’t We Use Images More Often?

Well, quite honestly, because it’s not easy. Using high-quality images in your posts requires that you break concentration on your post to leave your website, find an image, do any image processing, then upload the image to your website.

Blah….

But, there is an easier way.

Welcome PhotoDropper

Photodropper is a free tool that makes it easy to find and insert beautiful images into your WordPress blog. Considering PhotoDropper delivers both free-to-use creative commons images as well paid stock images, the process is super simple!

1) Click the hot air balloon.

Photodropper Hot Air Balloon

2) Search for a photo.

Photodropper Search

3) Click the photo to get a larger view.

Photodropper Search Results

4) If you like the photo insert into post. If not, go back to search results.

Photodropper Insert Image

5) Now, insert PhotoDropper image as you usually would.

WordPress Add Media

My Thoughts

Before using Photodropper,  I used to use search Flickr manually for creative commons images. Once I found a good image, I would have to download it, edit it, and then upload it to WordPress. As you can imaging, this is a pain!

PhotoDropper does all of that for me. But, one thing I really love about Photodropper is that it also searches for stock images. You may be asking why I would want to use paid images when there are free alternative. Well, sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect image that is creative commons. In those cases, it is completely worth paying a few dollars to get an awesome image!

The only gripe I have about PhotoDropper is I would like the ability to crop/rescale the image once I have inserted it into the post. As it stands, you can scale the image by clicking on it and then changing the size. This method still loads the larger image, but resizes it using HTML. It works fine, but will make your website slightly slower.

Overall, I recommend PhotoDropper for use on all blogs. In my time using it, it has simplified the process of finding images and has worked without error.

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Written by Eric Binnion

Eric Binnion is a computer science student at Midwestern State University. When Eric is not online, he is usually volunteering in his community or enjoying time with his family. You can find Eric on Twitter.

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