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5 Places to Find Free Images for Your Blog

Don’t want to get arrested? Great, me either. You may have noticed there are a ton of articles floating around the web lately talking about “stealing images off of Google” and how you can get into some serious legal trouble by doing so.  I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of snagging images and meme’s off of Google image search from time to time for blogs, websites or simply trolling on Facebook. That being said, I’ve compiled a list of different places to get free use images that you can use for your website, blog or anywhere else without paying a dime.  

Any good blogger or SEO enthusiast will tell you that it’s critical to have images on your blog to spice up your articles, draw the reader’s attention in and to boost your chances of showing up in Google results.  All of that is great, but if the images you decided to use were obtained illegally, you may end up with a great looking blog that caused you several thousand dollars worth of fines.

5 Places to Get Free Images for Your Blogs

The websites that you’ll find below offer tons of great photos, many of which are professionally photographed and edited (depending on the site you use).  Some of these website you’ll have to sign up to use, and some even offer high-quality premium images with a price tag, but all have free photos available that you can use for whatever your heart desires.

Flickr

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Photo by NIrelandeye on Flickr

Flickr may not be your first choice or even the best choice, but you can get free images for just about any category you could ever want.  Be careful though, they do give photo authors the option to turn off downloading.

http://www.flickr.com

Stock.xchng

Photo by ‘doc’ Sias van Schalkwyk on Stock.xchng

Photo by ‘doc’ Sias van Schalkwyk on Stock.xchng

Stock.xchng requires that you register to use their photos, but once you do, you get plenty to choose from.  In addition to their free images they also have a wide range of premium paid images to choose from.

http://www.sxc.hu

Morgue File

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Photo by BBoomerinDenial on Morgue File

Aside from it’s seemingly gruesome name, Morgue File has some incredible free images to choose from.  From the little bit of digging that I did, I found that some of this artwork is worth framing and hanging on your wall.

http://www.morguefile.com

Microsoft Images

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Photo by Elenathewise on Microsoft Images (Original on Fotofolio)

Believe it or not, this website is more than just generic wallpapers for your Windows PC.  Microsoft’s image gallery has a great collection of free images that you can use for your blog or website that look awesome!

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images

RBG Stock

Photo by Scottsnyde on RGB Stock

Photo by Scottsnyde on RGB Stock

When I came across this site, I immediately noticed the quality of the photography available and free images available for use.  While there are some “low skill” shots on this site as with others, there are some incredible pieces as well.  This site does require you to register in order to download.

http://www.rgbstock.com

Join The Conversation

  • Berger's picture
    Sep 4 Posted 10 months ago Berger

    Instead of using images which looks unrealistic and photoshopped you can try this page. www.stock-image-point.com

    All images completly free and they looks more private than other stock images. I also use these images perfect for my viral campaigns and for instagram.

    stock-image-point royalty free stock images

     

     

     

  • Jul 9 Posted 1 year ago alicewalken

    I though you could use google's advanced image search, to find images that you can use in your blog. Is that not correct? I also like www.flokka.com , who have some great images that you can use with a citation 

  • Apr 25 Posted 1 year ago Nathan Kross

    http://Flickr.com is the best of the lot up there, but emerging sites such as http://highresolution.photography where you don't have to spend hours finding needles in ashes to get great photos will top the list.

  • Jan 10 Posted 1 year ago podclash

    I found a site that offers all of their original picture quotes for free to use for bloggers. They just require a link back to the page on which you found the image, but that's fine with me.

     http://www.curatedquotes.com/

    These are great because when I share my posts via Facebook and pinterest it gets a lot more social lift because the quote images are highly sharable to begin with.  Just make sure the quote image is listed as your facebook "og image" in your html. My posts get liked and shared about 300% more with these images.

  • Oct 31 Posted 1 year ago Yinan Chen

    Of the ones you listed, only Morguefile is totally public domain images with no restrictions on use. Also check out pixabay and http://www.goodfreephotos.com for public domain image resources.

  • Oct 9 Posted 1 year ago alexandriascott01

    Thank you for your relevant information about blog photos and thank you for sharing a relevant information about social media blogs. This will surely help us andeducate everyone.

     

  • Spook SEO's picture
    Sep 16 Posted 1 year ago Spook SEO

    Hey Taylor! Thanks for sharing. I'm a big fan of morguefile and flickr myself. Just a question on how you're giving attribution though. I was always under the impression that you're supposed to add a link to the photographer unless they specifically say that it's ok not to. Just like morguefule where they say no attributuon is needed.

    I noticed that you aren't doing that. You're just giving a link to the site when it should both be to the site and the actual photographer. Or am I missing something here? I'd appreciate it if you'll answer this question.

  • Sep 5 Posted 1 year ago amberspain

    Thanks for sharing your favorites. Another one I use quite a bit is dreamstime.com

  • treptalks's picture
    Sep 3 Posted 1 year ago treptalks

    This is very helpful, I was recently looking for this myself...I would have to speand time doing research. Cheers!

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