The 5 best places to find free photos for your blog
Having a successful blog that keeps on attracting new visitors and makes the old ones come back is so much more than simply writing great articles! The eye candy plays an important role for us humans, because admit it, we are very much influenced by what we see – colors, forms, shapes…
According to studies, a reader is more likely to stay on your page if you have appealing big illustrations. What is more, providing a visual break of your passages helps your readers digest what you have to say and the beautiful pictures adds to the experience.
I recently talked about about how important illustration is for achieving qualityblogposts and attractingmoretraffic to your blog and in case you are wondering where to find those lovely pictures that will miraculously help you, without getting you into the “all rights reserved” trouble, I have come up with a list of the 5 best resources on the net, which provide lovely photos, graphics and images FOR FREE.
They are usually shared under CreativeCommonsLicense, which allows you to use the photos sometimes even for commercial purposes, as long as you attribute the work to their real author, i.e. to share the author’s name and to link back to them.
Flickr has an ever growing amount of free images with different sizes. To search for them, in “Everyone’s Uploads” type in your keyword and under Advanced search click on Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content. Of course, you should ALWAYS credit the artist, link back to them and, when possible, send them a link. This is the best and easiest way to thank someone who has been so generous as to offer her creative work to you for free. Those of you, who follow my blog know that I usually do that in the caption of the photo.
EveryStockPhoto uses numerous Internet sources to find free photos that are license-specific, currently searching through more than 10 million of photos. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of the photos. The Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.
Stockvault offers over 25 000 free amazing photos for personal and non-commercial use by various photographers, both professional and amateur. You can rate photos, see their EXIF, see the date they were taken and much more.
This is undoubtedly one of the best resources of free images online. The site has developed a lot since its start in 2001 and currently offers about 400 000 high quality photos from amateur photographers from around the world. The photographers establish the use terms, and most images are available for immediate reuse.
FreeDigitalPhotos offers free images for use in corporate and personal projects. Downloading is made easy by instant download and lack of registration requirement. Of course, you need to credit the person who created the image and instructions for publishing credits can be found to the right of every image. If you don’t want to do that, you can purchase a license, starting at just $3 per image.
Are there any other resources that you normally use? I would love to discuss them with you in the comments below. If you are looking for more blogging ideas to increase the traffic and following of your blog, make sure to check out the topratedposts on my blog, KanelstrandOrganicLiving.