In today’s online environment, images are king. Whether you are a blogger trying to get noticed, a t-shirt vendor getting their foot in Google’s door, or a service provider, everybody needs images. When it comes to marketing, nothing attracts clicks like captivating images. Blogs require images to attract, engage, and inform readers. It is no longer enough just to have great content; you will need images to supplement it.
However, you do not have to resort to purchasing $100+ images from Shutterstock every time you need a new blog picture. In this article, we will look at four online sources that provide high-quality images for free.
Pixabay is one of the most notorious sites for copyright free images. They feature a database of over 960,000 images and vectors. Their website is simple to use and features several filters to help you find the image you are looking for. All the images in their database are listed under Creative Commons so you can use them commercially and without attribution. Unlike many other free image sources, Pixabay has a lot of professionally shot images available.
Unsplash is a great alternative. Unlike Pixabay, on Unsplash you can create a profile that curates new images that are better suited for your taste and needs. They have a tremendous collection of images which are free to use. Their layout is different than most sites that provide free image search. You can create collections, browse other people’s collections, and look at photographer profiles. They even have an API so you can integrate Unsplash with your website. Just like Pixabay, these images are listed under CC and can be used commercially, without attribution.
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr is a popular image website that has been a staple of the Internet since the early 2000’s. It allows its’ users to upload images with Creative Commons licenses so that others may use them. There are thousands of images available for search, ranging from amateur to professional in quality. The catch with Flickr CC is that you must attribute the images to the original photographer.
Pexels is yet another popular alternative for copyright free images. Their website offers thousands of images which can be searched or sorted by category, tags, or even color. The photos provided here are mostly professional stock photos that have been released from copyright. This means you will be able to use them commercially and you do not have to attribute the original artist.
Whether you need images for your next marketing campaign or blog post, these four websites will help you find what you are looking for. All of them offer copyright free images that can be used commercially. Apart from Flickr, all the images from the websites mentioned above can be used without attributing the image to the original author. Even though they may not have everything you are looking for, these websites are a great alternative to paying for stock photos that you are only going to use once. Now there is nothing stopping you from finding the perfect image you need.