Not only does using images in your blog posts break up the content, it also gives your posts an overall professional appearance. What gets a few bloggers into trouble is using copyrighted images without giving credit to the author or removing the copyright entirely. In the event that you are searching for more websites to use free stock photos from, this blog post is for you.
Make sure you read each websites FAQ or their guidelines for using the images. It’s always the fine print that gets people into trouble. Currently, WPOutcast is using Canva, which is a paid subscription.
Without further ado, here are 4 websites for finding free stock photo’s.
Unsplash is a hidden gem for free stock photos to use. The homepage makes it clear that this is a free service. You can even submit your own photos, but I have not looked into this and I’m not sure what the guidelines are. Subscribe to the mailing list to get notice of new photo’s and any specials from Unsplash. Go browse around and see what images are available.
Pexels is a fantastic site with a ton of beautiful images. You are free to modify them anyway you please. Make sure to read there License before using any images. Type a keyword into the search box to find exactly what you need!
4. Stock Snap
The StockSnap Photos website is another fantastic free stock photo blog. You can find a wide range of images in all area’s. The niche does not matter and I spent too much time just looking at images on this website. Click on the popular searches link to see the most searched photo’s.
5. Dreamstime Stock Photos
The Dreamstime Stock Photos plugin is a simple way to get pictures right away for blog posts. It’s a free plugin with some limitations but over-all get an image fast. Here is how easy it is to use this plugin. There are no settings, on the blog post or page, you will see a button to click on to search and add an image like so.
Click on the button and simple search for an image:
For more information about this plugin, visit the Dreamstime Stock Photos details page.
Sometimes its easier to convey your message through an image as opposed to text, and picking the perfect one can be an exciting adventure. Never use images from a Google Image search. Smart bloggers watermark their photos or add their URL inside them so credit will always be given to the originator.
If you have money to invest then I’d suggest getting a paid plan with Canva, which is our current image provider (go with the free trial first). My editor is included on a team account, were we can both create, share, and edit photos as needed. We also stamp all our images with our logo.
Use Stencil if you are serious about social media marketing through images.
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