When you’re off to your blogging journey, you quickly learn that using images and video are very much-needed in order to make your blog a great reading experience.
These images help the visitor to create the image in their mind and henceforth, remember your blog, website and hopefully will keep them coming back for more.
The other side of the coin is that most people when they start out, will go to google and type in a keyword and find an image from the search engine result.
Word of advice —- DON’T DO IT!
Instead, get your free images and then use a program called Canva
Google does not actively send out agents to find photos that are being used fraudulently, but if someone decided to complain or a photo owner finds you’re using their content without permission, you can be slapped with a hefty fine. This fine is anywhere between $8,000 and $12,000 from what I have heard from friends.
Think this won’t happen to you? I know a friend of a friend that has had this happen to them and it’s not pretty, especially when you’re just starting out and don’t exactly have a 4-5 figure expenditure budget to pay such avoidable costs.
Protect Your Blogging Efforts With Free Image Resources
Instead of doing things the wrong way, start off by inserting photos you know are free to use and have expressly been categorized as such.
Stock snap is a free image search engine if you will. On the page that you are taken to right away. Type in a search term and boom, you’ve got a list of photos that are free for download from different users around the world.
You can then re-size them for your use and add text graphics as well.
This site is an email based delivery photo catalog. When getting to the site you will be told that you can get 7 high-quality images sent to your email inbox every day.
Each day you will be sent a pack of folders that are zipped up “.zip”. So you will need a program to unzip the file. Thankfully, almost every computer these days has a pre-installed program to do just that – zip and unzip. On Apple machines, you will see that they call it to compress and uncompressed and Windows it’s called compact and compress
The design of this site is one of the sites that are not free on this list. However, the caveat to this is that the membership is so cheap it’s well worth the investment of $50/year or $5/month. Mopho.to is setup just like a few other sites that have monthly “credits” that you pay for. This is just a much cheaper version that has high-definition photos to use on your blog and social media.
If you’re still wanting just the free photos there is an option on this site for free photos at mopho.to/free/
So you wanted to know where the videos would come into play, right? Well here’s the site that you can use that has over 540,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations.
It says so, right at the top of their page!
So as I dig into this site, I find that when you search for a term, you are presented with photos from different people as well as different sites such as the expensive (but legal) shutterstock.com.
When you go to click on the Shutterstock photos you are taken to a sign-up page to get photos from Shutterstock. My guess is that Pixabay is using Shutterstock as a way to monetize this site. If you would like to pay for your photos, go ahead and get them here at Shutterstock or you can stick with the free photos on Pixabay.
The point of this blog post is to provide you with an arsenal of websites that provide free photos in many forms.
The organization of this site is quite good as well. It’s planned so that anyone can choose video, vector, or photo on the results page of any searched term.
Free Images of Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri has a site that has a few photos you can use online for your blog or social media. To get to all the photos you will need to click some links and browse the site a bit.
One thing to note on this site, if you have any filters you will probably need to turn them off or view the site from a wide-open network such as a coffee shop or from home. A corporate network will more than likely block some of the technologies to render the site correctly.
Life of Pix
This site offers free photos and videos. No database that is searchable is in effect on Lifeofpix.com. You simply have to browse to get your image.
Very much a site that has imagination on the mind. photos are photoshopped with different heads on different bodies big heads on smaller bodies and other oddities.
Free Stock Photos
This site delivers on what its name says it does. Awesome marketing and follow through.
Blogging is a way to show off your online business. If you don’t have images, what’s the point of blogging? With the resources above you have the ability to blog with resources that are free and usable on your blog.
Already have these sources on your list? Here are some more references you can check into:
- 12 Amazing And Free Stock Photo … – Web Resources … – 12 Amazing And Free Stock Photo Resources.
- Free Backgrounds, Textures, and Images for Your Website – Finding awesome photos to use on your website is grueling. Sure, there’s Google Image Search and swiping stuff the old-fashioned way but, if your website is or will become as popular as you expect, that’ll eventually come back and chomp you on the haunches. The world is a small place your ex-dating your ex-BFF should have taught you that.
- Free Image Resources | Otis College of Art and Design – Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students for art and …
- 53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media … – Find the visual content you need with our complete list of free image sources, offering high-quality images for your blog posts and social media updates.
- 12 Best Free Image Resources for Artists | Foundmyself – A list of useful and free image resources for artists.