As a blogger, the question I get more than most is where I source why photos for my posts. I always try and answer this question as helpfully as possible because I know just how much value images add to a blog. My blog is full of them because lots of people like to see what I am talking about in visual terms. It isn’t a surprise because most people respond to visual cues more effectively than any other cue. To help out my budding bloggers here’s where I go for my totally free, and legal, pics.
The first place to start is Google. Where else?! All you have to do is type your search into the search bar and wait for the results page. When it appears, go to images and click on ‘search tools’. A drop-down menu should appear with six more options. Pick the option that says ‘usage rights’, and then choose ‘labeled for reuse’ from that drop-down menu. The pictures that appear after you filter your results are good to use in your blog. They have already been sanctioned, and you won’t get any angry photographers knocking on your door asking questions!
Wikipedia is also a good place to look for free images because you can filter the results there, too. Just head to the Commons area of the site instead of the usual home page and filter through the content box on the right. A little tip: sort by license. That way, everything that you search for is okay for use in the public domain. As long as the license is fine, the picture is fine to use in your blog or your site.
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Free Range Stock
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of changing licenses and filtering searches, you can cut out the middleman. What you need to do is head to the sites like https://freerangestock.com that provide quality images for free. Their database of free stock photography is an awesome place to find the picture that you need to complement your post. Just use the search bar to find the images that you need and copy and paste it into your document. It couldn’t be easier to use, and it is quicker than sorting through filters.
Think of Pixabay as a direct competitor. In basic terms, they offer the same service that you would find at Free Range Stock. So, why would you use a different database? The answer is that you can never have too many sources. Should you not be able to find what you are looking for, you can use another site to your advantage. The more sources you have at your disposal, the more chance you have of finding the perfect picture. You might also want to take Flickr and Instagram into consideration. However, watch out that you filter the results because the latter is not all for public consumption.
Hopefully, you won’t have any trouble finding images for your blog anymore.
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