We are such visual creatures. Reading through blocks of text can be quite difficult, unless it’s really brilliant stuff. That’s why using images in your blog posts (and social media) is key to capturing (and keeping) the attention of your reader.
The problem is, it can sometimes be hard to find the right image and the really good ones, well you often have to pay for them.
I’ve been asked on occasion where I get the images that I use in my blog posts and social media. Today I want to share that little secret with you, and it wont cost you a cent.
Here’s a list of the places I source images and a bit of insight about how each one works in terms of the legalities.
There are heaps of brilliant images here. On Pixabay you can 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
This would have to be one of my favourites and a site that I’ve been using for the past year. The rules are much the same as Pixabay but I would highly recommend you read them first. You can read them here.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, this is probably your next best bet. The only difference with this website compared to the first two is that free images can only be downloaded in a small sized version and you must use attribution (credit the owner of the photo and frredigitalphotos). Your questions can be answered here.
I think I’ve fallen in love with this program. I love the templates, the layouts, the fonts, the only thing is that not all of their images are free….but a few are and they’re really good quality. Once you’ve selected the template you can see which backgrounds are free or not. The ones with the Canva watermark aren’t, the ones without are free. But the good thing is, the ones you have to pay for are only $1. So if there’s one that really fits the bill of what you’re looking for, $1 is not too bad.
And the last one on my list can be a bit hit and miss but if you just can’t find what you’re looking for, you may find it here. The only thing is that with these types of images, you will need to attribute the owner of the image.
When you’ve found an image you like, you can check the license and what the requirements are to do the right thing. Here’s an example of how to do that:
Are there any places you go to use free images that I haven’t covered here?
Disclaimer: These are only suggestions only on where to go to source free images for your blog. It is your responsibility to read the FAQ’s, instructions and license agreements on each site and follow them according to your situation.