When you’re writing a blog post, you should add an image that matches the theme of your content. Images work wonderfully for engaging users and breaking up long stretches of text. If you use a generic image or some clip-art, you’re reducing the impact your blog post can have. But what do you do if you don’t have the resources to hire a photographer or purchase great images?
Well, there are a lot of free images available on the Internet. You just need to know where to look. Let us look at a few ways you can find quality images for free.
There are hundreds of stock photography websites you can visit to get free images. Almost all of them allow you access to some free images you can download and start using immediately. Some of them place restrictions on the size or the number of free images you can download. Some stock photography websites require you to include an attribution to the owner of the image.
You might need to search around before you find one that caters to your needs. There are certain stock photography websites that contain a lot of images of one particular type.
Some photographers allow you to use their images without charging you for them. So if you’ve come across an image that you’d really like to use in your post, find out who the author of the image is and contact them. Sometimes, the photographer will ask you to attribute the image to them. Some others might quote a fee. If the fee they ask for is beyond what you are willing to pay, just drop the conversation and move on. Don’t try to negotiate with them.
An image with a Creative Commons license is available for commercial use, but there are a few things you need to look at first. The Creative Commons license is available in six different forms, and each one of them requires a different protocol for usage and attribution. Make sure you are within the terms of the license when you use the image on your blog.
Finding Creative Commons images is very easy. You can use Google’s image search to find these images by clicking on “usage rights” in the search tools menu and selecting the license that is appropriate. Flickr also has a great library of Creative Commons images. If you don’t find what you are looking for on either platform, you can try Wikimedia Commons, which is a huge repository of images with Creative Commons licenses.
When you are using new blogs and content creation to help boost your Search Engine Traffic and User Engagement, it is good to have helpful resources to find quality images. The next time you are looking for images to add to your blog post, use the methods mentioned above to find the right one for free.