One of the first things you must know when you get into blogging is that you’re NOT supposed to use copyrighted images on your blog. That means you can’t just randomly go on Google to find images and use them freely in your blog posts. Doing so can lead to legal issues.
Although it can be more convenient to just to use any picture you find on the web, it’s not worth it because you might end up in a situation similar to this one.
It doesn’t matter if you:
- credit the image owner
- have a disclaimer that states the images don’t belong to you
- modify the picture before posting
You can still get in trouble because what’s not yours is not yours. Similar to how you’re not allowed to plagiarize content from the internet for your essays, you’re also not allowed to use images or graphics that don’t belong to you.
Free Stock Photos for Bloggers
There are many resources that provide free stock photos for bloggers! These images are generously allowed for use by photographers/owners and you are free to use them however you like. Most importantly, there won’t be any lawsuits against you for using them.
I’ve gathered my top sources for finding thousands of free stock photos:
Unsplash is my all-time favorite source for free stock photos because it has the most beautiful free stock photo selection I’ve ever seen on any website. A lot of very talented photographers donate these photos for public use, and bloggers like yourself have unlimited access to them.
I also really like a feature of Unsplash that allows you to sign up and follow feeds in the categories of your choice. I following the blogging, travel, and technology and I receive updates when new photos appear in these categories.
It’s a great way for me to stay up to date with the newest photos.
Pexels is another go-to place of mine when I want to find high-quality photos. They also have a huge database of pictures! Since their photos are also submitted voluntarily by photographers from around the world, Pexels always has a new selection of free stock photos for your blog.
I love how they feature 100 gorgeous new images on their front page every day because sometimes the images inspire me to try new things on my blog.
Pixabay has over 1.8 million free stock photos, vectors and art illustrations you can use for your blog! You’ll find beautiful, high-definition images from this source.
The site also provides other media content such as illustrations, vectors, videos, and even music!
Freepik is a great source for free vectors, icons and stock photos that you can use for your blog.
The only drawback for using their photos is that you’ll have to credit the author with a link they provide you. Otherwise, the resources are amazing and worth it.
If you want, you can subscribe to their premium plan which allows you to use all of their resources without having to credit anything, even if you create designs for commercial use or for clients.
5. Filtered Google Images
Filtered Google Images is a feature that’s not very known by most people. I discovered it one day when I was randomly browsing the different filters within Google images.
When you type a keyword into Google images, click the tools button and then see a drop down that’s labeled Usage Rights. Select labeled for reuse and it’ll come up with a huge selection of images that are related to your keyword!
I hope that you find these 45 sources useful for finding images for your blog! Please comment on this post to let me know what you think. If you have any other suggestions for free stock images, let us know as well.
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