Images can have a huge impact on your content marketing. People love images and are way more likely to click and share social media posts if they contain an eye-catching and relevant image.Content with relevant images gets 94% more views than content without relevant images. Click To Tweet
If you’re looking for free images for your blog, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. If you want to use images you find online, you need to look for content that:
- Is in the public domain
- Is royalty-free
- Has a Creative Commons license
All of these situations indicate images and pictures you can freely use on your website or blog. But how do you find them? Check out these websites to find images and pictures you can legally use.
Go to images.google.com and type in your search term. When the images are displayed, click on “Search tools” and then “usage rights”. You will then see a drop-down list of different usage rights. Choose the one that is most applicable to your situation and you instantly harness the power of the world’s biggest image searching engine!
However, this method comes with a big warning. Some people think it’s OK to just Google images and use whatever they like. That is NOT OK. In fact it could be highly illegal. Images are copyrighted, so you need to ensure you have the legal rights to use them.
This is why you must select the correct type of usage rights for your search, and then double check the usage rights of any image you want to use by clicking through the Google result to look at the website that first published the image.
If you’re in any doubt, use the sources below instead!
At Flickr.com/creativecommons there are tens of millions of images which have been given the Attribution License. This means you may “copy, distribute and display” any images you find, as long as you give the image creator credit. And a non-commercial License means you can copy, distribute and display those images, but for non-commercial purposes only. (This means you could use those types of images in an informational blog post where you are not selling anything.)
This site is popular with bloggers everywhere. That is because most of the images listed here can be used without having to give attribution to the source. Sign-up is free, and you also receive access to a growing list of vectors and art illustrations. Pixabay.com is where you need to go.
Freephotosbank.com is quickly becoming a popular resource for photographs on the web. Categories are broken down extensively, and you can even download and use photos without logging into an account.
While it may sound like something out of a horror movie, Morguefile.com is actually a great place for stock photos and free images. The photographs have been freely contributed, and the site asks that you credit the photographer whenever possible.
This is another image providing site that is rapidly growing. Free public domain images can be used on your blog or website, and there are premium images also offered for a fee. Publicdomainpictures.net is where you head.
Stockvault.net has more than 70,000 members, all contributing free and paid images and photographs. You do not even have to sign up for an account. Image files, graphics and photographs for use on your website or blog can be found here. (Personal and non-commercial use only).
Creative market are a paid stock photography site, but I’ve included them here because I just subscribed to their newsletter and got a package of free, classy, stock photos and some extra graphics. Their offerings change regularly, but I hear they always offer a free graphics package for new subscribers, so it’s worth considering signing up.
Always check usage rights carefully before posting any images. It IS illegal to just re-post any old pic you find, and while many photographers and organizations may politely ask to remove or pay for the misused image, some will go to the trouble of suing you.
Another affordable and super efficient way to get hold of images you can use on your blog is to subscribe to Image Monthly. This is a great time-saving service that offers a monthly subscription to help you with image creation and sourcing. It includes 25 exclusive royalty free stock photos, 10 conversation starting quotes and 10 giant background textures each month. Check out the details at Image Monthly.
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