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I’ve been devoting Wednesdays to sharing blogging tips and insights from A-Z based on my personal bogging journey, because I love fellow bloggers and am happiest to when I see them success in this very tough arena. Anyhoo, on to the topic of the day:
I is For Incredible Blog Post Images DON’T Have to Cost a Penny
I had a guest post the other day from Bashir on how to create your own image collection, and he erroneously stated that bloggers either needed to take their own photos or be forced to pay for images for their blog posts. Fortunately for you, me, and every other blogger who might not have big bucks to invest in images, there are several great resources for obtaining high-quality images for no money, whatsoever.
The only caveat is most of these image sites require proper attribution to the photographer or artist, and this generally includes a link back to their website or portfolio of work. I never have a problem properly crediting photos, because I love helping other creatives, but if you are of a different mindset, this post is most likely not the one for you. For everyone else, here are some great websites to find awesome images for your blogs:
Flickr is a great place to find images for your blog posts, but you’ll need to be careful as to which ones you choose. You’ll need to do an advanced search and check the box that says “search for photos under creative commons” to find photos where permission has been granted. There have been no exceptions in providing a link back to the photographer’s portfolio, and I generally do this by linking back within the image and setting it to open in a different page when someone clicks the image. Others might choose to credit the photographer at the end of their posts with a disclosure saying “Feature image courtesy of Photographer via Creative Commons” or something similar.
For Wikimedia Commons, merely type in what you’re looking in the “search” bar, and you’ll be given dozens of images to choose from. A word of caution here: Most photographers do give permission for use with attribution, but some will not. Make sure to always read the verbiage before snagging the photo. When you find one you can use, make sure to credit back to the Wikimedia page you found it.
Free Digital Photos has pretty awesome images to choose from, but you will have to download with an annoying captcha, and agree to credit the photographer by linking back to his/her portfolio on the website.
Dreamstime is another website which has stock photos for free, but you’ll need to provide proper attribution. I have not used this site, because the other ones I’ve mentioned are less of a pain in the arse to deal with.
This is another site that’s fairly easy to obtain images from, but make sure to provide the proper attribution.
6. Morgue File
Morgue file is not actually a place where images go to die; it is something far more beautiful and convenient. Any photos downloaded from Morgue File require no attribution at all, and you can alter and adapt them any way you like. The only downside is they do have a somewhat limited selection, but I have found some great photos there in the past.
Stock.XCHNG has over 400,000 free images available, but I don’t really use them unless I’ve exhausted other options (as rare as that is), because they have more complex image requirements. I’m not a fan of complicated stuff, and most other bloggers I know aren’t, either. They are a good resource, however, in a pinch.
I’ve only recently discovered Unprofound, but they have a sizable collection of images without a lot of hassle. Make sure to attribute the images where needed.
They have some beautiful images, and you can search and take whatever you like as long as you follow attribution requirements.
Stockvault has great free images to use for your blog posts, but the major caveat: you may not use their free photos for non-commercial websites.
There you have it, everyone. Those are the Top 10 Places to Find Incredible Bog Post images that don’t cost a penny. That wraps up this segment of my Blogging Basic Series, but if you’ve missed it to this point, catch the other posts here:
How about you? Any other free image sites you know of that you’d add to the list? Tell me in the comments!
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Feature image courtesy of Flickr via Creative Commons.