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If you are a blogger, then you are probably always on the lookout for free blog images to use in your posts. A great image can add real value to your content. A well-chosen image can help make your message clearer and make your post look good as well.
But, it’s not always easy to find free blog images that fit your needs and that you are allowed to use
Sure, there are vast numbers of images already online. But, of course, using other people’s images without permission is not a viable option. If you do, you are breaching the image owners’ copyright and potentially depriving them of the revenue or exposure that they deserve for their work. Stealing images is unethical and could also get you into trouble for breaching copyright.
Thus, it can be very handy to have a source of free blog images that you can use however you like.
Find Free Blog Images at Pixabay
Enter Pixabay. Pixabay has hundreds of thousands of free images and videos which you can download under the Creative Commons licence. So, you can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist.
You can download images and use them in your posts as is. Or you can modify them to suit your specific needs. Totally free!
If you do want to support Pixabay and the artists who contribute their work to the site, you can make donations via PayPal if you wish. Or, if you’re reasonably handy with a camera, you can return the favour by uploading some of your own images and making them available for free to other users.
Pixabay is a great resource and I use it regularly.
You’ll Still Need Professional Stock Images As Well
That said, it can sometimes be difficult to find images on Pixabay that suit the topics of your posts and are of sufficient quality. If you’re serious about blogging, chances are you’ll want to use at least some high-quality images from a professional stock photo site.
I use Depositphotos.com – they have millions of fantastic images, and a range of affordable subscription and pricing plans to choose from. I subscribe to their Flexible Plan, which allows you to download 30 images a month. And, unused images rollover to the next month. I’ve been a member of DepositPhotos for several years now. You can check out some of the images that Depositphotos has available right here:
Just to be clear, I’m an affiliate for Depositphotos, but I’d certainly recommend the company either way.
What’s your favourite online image resource? Do you use a free stock photo site other than Pixabay? Let me know in the comments.