Want to get free images for your blog posts but don’t know where to look?
First let’s get clear on what is free and what’s not. You can’t just get free images from anywhere. Most photos online are copyrighted material. Just because there is no copyright stamped on photo or content, doesn’t mean it’s free to use. So don’t make that mistake. If you get caught there will be a price to pay. Best case scenario is you have to remove the photos, worst case is you get sued for big bucks, so don’t don it!
OK, so where do you get free images that you won’t get spanked for using?
I have used several free photo sites; some good, some not so good. The trouble with “free” is usually the selection. There are a couple of really good places to get free images for your blog out there. Some are “public domain” sites, meaning the content offered on these have copyrights that have expired and rather than belonging to the writer or photographer it belongs to the public. All public domain is fair game. Unfortunately, you don’t get the selection you want with these sites. I rarely find photos that I want to use on my blog on public domain sites, but then my niche is Internet marketing. You may find you have good luck finding what you need in your niche.
I can usually find what I want there. Of course the selection will not be as vast as paid sites like iStock.com where you can find anything you need. If you are purchasing photos from the paid services, I suggest buying the smallest size they offer because it’s the cheapest and unless you are doing something really big, the small ones are big enough for your blog, slideshow, Power Point presentation, etc.
When using images from free sites, be sure to follow the attribution guidelines and terms of service. For instance in many of these sites, you have to link back to the site and give credit to the creator usually in the form of a hyperlink on the same page where the photo is used. You can add the link under the photo or at the end of the post. If you are using WordPress you can paste it into the “Link URL” when you download the photo to WordPress and the image will become a clickable link that will lead them back to where you got the image. This is a great way to provide the link without cluttering up your post.
If you don’t find what you need in this list, then you can Google it. There are lots more out there!
If you have sites to add to this list or questions about were to get free images or how to add them to your WordPress blog, please leave them in the comments below. We’d love to hear ’em!
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