Every blogger or website owner can relate to the phrase: A picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures draw attention. They can make an article or post more appealing and help get visitors to actually read what you have to say. If nothing else they do make a plain old boring page look much better.
Finding the perfect picture for your new post can be just as time-consuming as writing it. You search and search some more, eventually just giving up and forcing yourself to pick whatever is on your computer screen at the moment. Sometimes it’s not what you were hoping for, but after spending 30 minutes to 1 hour looking you tell yourself I’ll have to make that one work.
The following are 5 free sources where you can find quality free images.
You’ve probably heard about or even visited Flickr before, but you can also search pictures labeled for re-use. Click on the search link, then advanced search. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you can select “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.” Which you can use to find images on Flickr that can be used commercially on websites.
2. Google Images
We have all probably used Google Images at some point. Similar to Flickr you can use Google’s Advanced Image Search link. Then, scroll down until you find “Only images labeled for reuse.” You will likely see far fewer results for what you are looking for though.
3. Wikimedia Commons
Creative Commons – Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.
At the time of this post they currently have more than 11 million free images and media files available for commercial use, modify, adapt, and build upon. Most are excellent quality.
Rgbstock is another great free website. Membership is free and you can find a large assortment of free images for your website or blog. The quality level is great and there are plenty to choose from. You can search for images without signing up to see what they have to offer first. Then, join Rgbstock if you want to download.
Stock.xchng is very similar to Rgbstock. Membership and sign up is free and they have a huge assortment of free images that you can use for your website or blog as well. Image quality is excellent here to. Like Rgbstock you can do some searching and exploring before signing up if you want to see what they have to offer first.
This great website searches several image sites at once and can help you find what you are looking much faster.
It’s basically a search engine for free photos. Results come from many sources and are license specific. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.
Use Everystockphoto image search to save time and find what you are looking for much faster.
If you have been searching for great quality pictures for your website or blog and can’t seem to find what you are looking for you might take a minute and check these sites out. They are definitely worth checking out.
Image credit: Laser Towards Milky Ways Centre