Everyone knows an image says more than a thousand words, so you may be tempted to use photos you find online for your blog posts. However, you need to be aware that if you do not have the copyright owner’s consent, you could be breaking the law. There’s a number of sites out there that let you find royalty free images for your blog. These fall into two categories: Those that require attribution via the Creative Commons license and those that require no attribution at all. We’ll take a closer look at some of the best sites out there for royalty free images after the jump.
Top 5 Sites for Royalty Free Images
Unsplash post a series of high definition royalty free images every week that require no attribution. This has helped the site grow quickly and is an ideal place to start when looking for splash page images or photography for blog graphics.
Flickr is one of the most commonly used resources for royalty free images. Anyone can create a Flickr profile and upload their images. Users can then choose whether they want to licence their photos through the Creative Commons framework. If you use photos from Flickr, you need to ensure that the photo is available through the Creative Commons framework and attribute the copyright holder appropriately. If you use WordPress, there are a number of plugins that make this process easier. ImageInject is one such plugin, which will automatically insert the appropriate attribution for each image directly in your post. You can also search for photos straight from the post editor interface.
Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo are on a mission to rid the internet of cheesy and staged stock photography. Sign up to their mailing list to receive free photos in your inbox every month or register for a premium account to access more photos immediately. The site was founded by Allie Lehman & David Sherry after noticing that brands were struggling to find stock photography that aligned with their branding. Six months after launching the site, they had 20,000 email subscribers, proving that being passionate about your ideas can sometimes result in massive growth over a short amount of time.
Pixabay is similar to Flickr, except for the fact that images on Pixabay usually do not require attribution. You can also find illustrations and vector graphics on Pixabay, making it an excellent resource for a wide variety of graphics for your blog or social media channels. Image authors can receive donations from supporters via PayPal but otherwise receive no payment for listing their work on Pixabay.
Foodie’s Feed features royalty free images of food. Perfect for food bloggers if you are posting recipes or diet tips but don’t have the time or equipment to take your own photos. Foodie’s Feed offer both a selection of free images and packs of premium images for purchase. The only restriction for free images is that you cannot resell them commercially, meaning that they can’t be used in your eBooks or other paid content that you might offer.