How to Credit Pictures on Blogs the Sharp, Clean, Organized Way

March 4, 2016

credit pictures

People have been asking me how to create the neat little box for my photo credits on the blog.

So I created this video to show you how.


Credit Pictures Quick and Easy While Impressing Your Readers

You may have noticed when I use a feature photo atop my blog post that is not my own, I include a citation at the bottom of my post that gives proper credit to the photo. Most of the time the photo I use is from the Flickr Creative Commons, and has the Attribution Sharalike 2.0 license.

About a year ago I started to credit pictures at the bottom in a neat, tidy looking box at the bottom of the post.

People have started asking me how I do this, and this video will show you how.

You can see an example of what I’m talking about at the bottom of this post.

Remember, the blog posts with my own branded images do not need photo credits since I own them.

Here is a quick step-by-step guide for those of you who prefer reading instructions over using a video:

1. Go inside your WordPress Dashboard to the Posts Editor.


2. Open up the blog post you want to work with.

3. Type in your photo credits where you want them on the post. (Most bloggers put them at the bottom.)

type photo credit

4. Highlight your photo credits with your pointer.

5. Go up to the upper left of your Editor and click on the down arrow next to the scroll that you see where it says “Paragraph”.

6. Click on “Pre”

scroll down click Pre

7. Click View Post or Preview to make sure it works. (You don’t see the box on the back end inside your post. You only see it on the front end, so you’ll need to check to make sure its there.)

That’s it!

Have fun with your credit pictures.

How to credit pictures on your blog the sharp, clean, organized way!


Photo Credit: Taking a Break by John Loo CC BY 2.0

Video Notes

Free Photos for Blogs are Easy to Find with Flickr — This Video Shows You How

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter


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  1. Vicki Cato says:    •   4 years

    Thank you for this helpful post. I am just setting up my Blog and the information will help me give proper credit to the image creators.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Vicki,

      Glad you found this helpful. Giving proper credit to images is important. Your audience will respect that.


  2. Ron Oetting says:    •   4 years

    At the very beginning, I confessed to being a ‘computer cripple’ with not even an iota of any computer knowledge. I don’t know a ‘cookie’ from a ‘search engine’ from a ‘website’. All I expected to do was write my daily “Political Poetry by RKO” and – maybe – turn it into a small enterprise that might, in some way, supplement my meager Social Security check. I don’t have time to try and become a ‘computer whiz’ (as I explained, my wife has been institutionalized for almost 8 years, and her illness has completely wiped out our life’s savings as her dementia gradually slips into Alzheimer’s). I’m certain it’s something I’ve not done right, but I can tell you this:

    For the $134.00 I paid GreenGeeks, I’ve seen ZERO evidence of anyone ever reading my blog, and I’ve NOT received ONE comment from a prospective viewer. But, for a few five-dollar “ads” on Facebook, I “reached” 21,027 people in February writing the exact same daily verse in the same way without anything but text (no photos or graphics, etc.). AND, I get DOZENS of positive comments such as “A poetic commentary on politics! That’s original!”; “Keep doing this. You can change hearts and minds!”; “Ho-o-oly Mary Mother of God! BEAUTIFUL! May I share your post with a few groups?”; “I gotta say, I don’t care for most poetry. But I’ve seen a few of these posts and they’re interesting, insightful, and entertaining!” I’ve heard from people in England, Germany, Pakistan and from all over the United States, who really seem to enjoy my ‘prose’. But, it eludes me as to how to turn this ‘blog’ of poetry into an enterprise that actually earns an income for me.

    Now, I’ve made a mailing a week to 12 daily newspapers, offering my “Political Poetry” to them on a daily basis. I’ve made four mailings (to a total of 48 newspapers) and already have two newspapers ready to buy my daily ‘column’. Sorry, Matt, but I don’t see GreenGeeks or WordPress as a viable venue for my work, or a practical application to use for any kind of profitable enterprise. All I’ve got to do is persuade another 18 or 20 daily newspapers to buy my ‘column’, and I can meet my modest income goals while I am still free to be my wife’s caregiver. Thanks. -RKO-

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Ron,

      Your poems are cute. I like what you’re doing online. 🙂

      What you need to figure out is where to base your poetry business.

      You have just begun using your own self hosted blog and have barely scratched the surface. You own your storefront right now, and that’s the best way to go about it because nobody can take it away from you.

      I am not surprised your poems get good traction on Facebook. I think you should use Facebook at a means to reach people and even drive folks to your website. Doesn’t mean you don’t share poems directly on Facebook. Just not all of them.

      Here’s the thing about Facebook. You don’t own anything with Facebook. And Facebook can take down your account at any time. They do it all the time.

      I recommend you build an email list. That’s the best thing you could do. And that’s something you need a self hosted website for. I would do that and keep learning how to promote your own blog and get traffic to your site.
      With Facebook, you are going to need to keep spending on ads there. Do you have a business page on Facebook? If so, your organic reach is intentionally lowered a lot. You will need to keep spending money to reach a large number of people. If you are using an individual account, you can only have 5K friends.

      I would do the newspaper syndication. That’s awesome! Have you noticed pretty much every newspaper syndicate still has a website? If I were you, I’d keep your website and add some design elements.

      Whatever you do, I wish you tons of success! Let’s keep in touch.


  3. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    I have never noticed that box, where have I been! Now that’s just funny or maybe because I’ve read the entire post and I just don’t go any further. Duh!!!

    Anyway, I never noticed the Pre setting so I went into my dashboard and I don’t have that. I have preformatted at the very bottom but nothing at the top. Not that I need to make something like that but it’s good to know and might come in handy.

    Thanks for shooting the video, I learn SO much better watching one and I’m sure others do as well.

    Off to share now and hope you’re having a great week.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      You are like me, using branded images pretty much all the time. I do occasionally use CC photos and I like putting the credits in that little box. People seem to like it, I was asked how to do this 3 times last week suddenly for some reason, so here we are.

      Maybe the WP version you are using makes a difference?

      Good to hear the video was helpful. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week.


  4. Akhila Babu says:    •   4 years

    I am surely going to use this strategy in my next posts now that I know how to do it.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Akhila,
      Glad you like this. 🙂
      Good luck,

  5. Dr. Rin Porter says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matt,

    I was all excited after reading this how-to post, but I don’t have “pre” on my WordPress either. What I have been doing to credit the photos I use is to use the “caption” box in the Media page.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Rin,

      I think what’s going on there could be based on what version of WordPress a person has. Not that each version is totally different, there are a few subtle differences here and there over time.
      Anyhow, the “caption” box is pretty similar, so that’s good.

      Cheers to awesome photo credits,


  6. Rene Miller says:    •   4 years

    Hello Matt!

    Thanks for helping with the photo credit issue.I have often wondered how to give the credit where it is due?
    This is a no brainer as far as I am concerned, just wanted to thank you for going out of your way to share.

    Also? I have made a few friends on Facebook in the military who are kind of stuck where they are and one in particular has extra time on his hands. He has viewed a couple of my websites and wants me to teach him how to build a blog. I told him that better than I; it would be better to learn from you and that I would send him a link on how to get to you.

    I know how to copy and paste; I just want to make sure I have the correct info before I get into this with him. Thank you.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Rene,

      Great to hear you liked this tip. Thanks and I’d like to help your friend.

      I would start him out on this page:

      And let him know if he needs help he can email me: [email protected]

      Good to see you again,


  7. Eva says:    •   4 years

    I love and appreciate transparency. So, thanks Matthew.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Glad you like this info, Eva. 🙂

      More coming soon.


  8. Shirley de Gannes says:    •   4 years

    Hello Matthew;

    Thank you for all your help in creating my blog. Your tutorial is amazing and easy to follow. I am still working on perfecting my blog and keep referring back to the tutorial, it has become my blog building bible.

    My next step is effectively promoting my blog, I am thinking of getting affiliates I am not sure how to go about doing it. Can you assist me with this.

    Shirley de Gannnes

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Shirley,

      Loving your feedback, I appreciate it. 🙂 Glad you are finding all this useful.
      I’ve emailed you a link on affiliate marketing.



  9. Arbaz Khan says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,
    Thanks for posting an article on crediting the images properly.
    I used to do that whenever I took a pic from other websites like Flickr or similar sites. But now, I simply use Unsplash as there are some really good images on that website and the best part is that you can do whatever you want with those images.

    What do you say about that? Have you used Unsplash?

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Arbaz,

      I have not heard of Unsplash till now. I’ll check it out.
      Thanks for letting us know about it.