Unless you’re a photographic genius, it’s unlikely that you’re able to write blog posts and create the images for them at the same time… well, not professional images anyway. So, here we’ve listed 10 sites with free images for your blog or social media posts.
Pixabay offers a large selection of public domain images. Public domain images are images whose copyrights have expired or whose creators have relinquished all rights to the works, meaning that these images are now available for personal or commercial use. The only exception to this rule is that if you are using an image of a recognizable person, then you need to get their permission to use it before you do so.
This website offers vintage photos from the public archives. This can give your blog or social media feed an interesting twist and can even offer up inspiration for new content.
This is a great website for high quality, professional work. You can use the images in this website without crediting the artist, though it is appreciated if you do. When you download the image, it comes with an option to copy and paste a by line for the image into your blog. It doesn’t get much more simple than that!
All the images on this website are offered completely free for personal and commercial use. Similarly to Unsplash, you do not need to attribute these images to the artists, though you can if you like.
Gratisography is an interesting website that offers high quality images created by just one photographer, Ryan McGuire. You are able to reuse these photos and add to them in any way you wish, without needing to credit the original artist.
Deemed as a place to find, show, and share public domain images, Skitterphoto boasts a healthy collection of high quality images. You can use these photos personally and commercially after downloading them.
Unlike the others I have listed here, 1 million free pictures is a database of amateur images. While the quality is not always as high as the other sites, the content is larger and can be somewhat more interesting.
Of course, Flickr has to be on this list. All photos on Flickr are labeled and sorted by their license, meaning you can find the images that will work best for you. To find images that can be used by you personally and commercially, make sure to hit “public domain” in the search bar.
Now you’ve got your images ready to go, there’s nothing else to wait for. Use these resources to create more amazing posts that are too clickable to resist, and are peppered with great visuals! Start growing your reader base today with confidence.