Adding photos and graphics to your blog posts capture the attention of your audience and keep them engaged. This may be because visuals are transmitted to the brain faster than words. It must be true what they say about a picture being worth 1,000 words.
Without images, all you have is a block of text, and that’s boring, am I right? It may be okay if you’re reading a novel, or a textbook. (Come to think of it, maybe that’s why textbooks are so boring.
But when you’re reading on the internet, you need something to break up the text.
You can’t just grab any photos that you want off of Google and put them up on your blog though. There are copyrights and rules that dictate how and if they can be used.
So where can you find photos that don’t cost a fortune? Believe it or not, there are several websites that offer beautiful images that fall under the Public Domain licence that you’re free to use any way you want.
Some sites that I’ve come across have very few images to choose from, and that are a bit cheesy. When I choose a stock photo website, one of my criteria is that there is a lot of selection.
I also want to find a website that has a Creative Commons license. Many sites require that you give the artist credit, so be sure to read what the rules are before using the images.
I like to keep things simple and straightforward. So instead of throwing out 10’s of sites to find photos, I’m only going to give you my favorites.
I consistently find free photos for my blog posts on one of these sites. I purchase plenty of images as well, but we’re only talking about free here.
I don’t recommend something that I haven’t tried. So as I discover new favorites, I will come back here and add them to the list.
Let me know if you have any favorites.