An image can often be the make or break of a blog post. If it doesn’t capture someones attention initially, they may not click through to read it. If an image doesn’t relate to the topic, it could put someone off the article altogether. And if there isn’t an image, people are often deterred by large blocks of text and may click away from the article. As a blogger or the owner of a website, that’s where free images for blogs come in handy.
For me, having free images to use really saves my bacon because there’s no way that buying stock images is within my budget. Luckily, there are plenty of free royalty free images available these days on various websites. Actually, I’surprised by the range and quality of them.
One quick tip, whenever you’re using free to use images from the websites I’m about to outline, is to check their fine print as they can all differ. Some may require attribution, others don’t. Some offer free images for websites that are of a commercial nature, others offer the images for personal use only.
There are heaps of brilliant images here. On Pixabay you can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution (i.e. stating an image credit or source below the image on your blog). However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. See more information on Pixabay’s rules here
You’ll find an interesting mix of free to use images here. The rules are much the same as Pixabay but I would highly recommend you read them first. You can read them here.
Pexels is quite similar to Pixabay but probably my favourite out of the two in terms of quality. It has over 40,000 free images by talented creators that are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License. If you have a love of photography, you can even contribute your images too. Read Pexel’s rules here.
I’ve been using Unsplash for about six months and was blown away by the quality and diversity of the images when I was introduced to it. I almost couldn’t believe the images were free to use. One of the things I love are the collections that users put together. For example, if you were specifically looking for turquoise or pink images, there are collections containing sometimes hundreds of images representing these colours.
Unsplash has a HUGE collection of over 300,000 free to use images. They say these images are free to ‘do whatever you want’ with. If you think that’s too good to be true, here’s their licensing page.
There have times when I’ve needed a really specific image and haven’t had any luck on the above pages so I’ve run a Creative Commons search with success. Creative Commons tends to be a bit random but if you dig around, you might just find what you’re looking for.
One thing to note with Creative Commons is that you will need to attribute the owner of the image. Always check the attribution requirements.
I have visited other sites like Picography, Cupcake but found their navigation a little too basic, it was hard to search. I also typed ‘hat’ into Picography and it came up with zero results for a term I would have expected a number of images (Unsplash found 1,865 images tagged with ‘hat’).
Sure there are probably plenty more websites with free images for blogs but these are ones I have used myself and which I tend to always go back to because of their ease of use, image quality and ability for me to maintain my personal branding.
Where do you love to get free images for your website?
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