13 Free Sites to Get Stunning Images for Blogging - Work at Home Trust - Work at Home Trust

November 23, 2017

13 Free Sites to Get Stunning Images for Blogging - Work at Home Trust


Blogging is a fun way to express yourself and it can bring many opportunities as long as rules are followed. What rules am I talking about? Well, besides NOT plagiarising by unauthorisedly using other publishers' contents (obviously), bloggers must be very careful when using images on the internet to publish blog posts. Years ago, I had no idea about this and just downloaded images from Google thinking it was all public property. It wasn't until I saw the phrase 'royalty-free' by other bloggers on many occasions when referring to images that I started wondering. And as always, I put on my research hat and started looking for detailed information.

Basically, most images on the internet are posted by individuals like you and me. Some of those images may show up on Google Images but it doesn't make them public properties. Different authors attach different licenses to their images. This means that whoever decides to download the images must abide by the rules set by the author. Some images may be royalty-free (no payments for each use), some may require attribution (adding the source), some may be for personal use only while others may be okay for commercial use (adding on sold items such as ebooks). Whenever you take images from the internet, it is important to always look at the license. Here are fourteen sites where you can get free images for your blog:

Pixabay
This one is one of the most popular free image sites. Images are usually free for commercial use without attribution required. That's where I get a lot of my images.

Pexels
This is another popular one with royalty-free images for commercial use and not attribution required.

Public Domain Archive
The images here are for public domain as the name clearly states which mean anyone can use the images for whatever he/she desires. There are free images released every week.

Desygner
This one is primarily an image editor. It has free images available while you're editing which makes it very easy and less time-consuming. You simply search for the image you desire by using the appropriate keyword.

Canva
Canva is one of the most popular image editors used by bloggers. It also comes with free images like Desygner.

Free Images
These are free images that require attribution.

Open Photo

Images here are typically royalty-free and free for personal and commercial use. Attribution is encouraged/required.

StockVault
These are primarily royalty-free images and free for personal and commercial use. No attribution required.

Unsplash
Images here are also royalty-free but attribution is encouraged though not required.

PhotoPin
These are free images with attribution encouraged/required.

PicJumbo
These are free images with attribution appreciated.

StockSnap
These images are royalty-free and free to use for personal and commercial use with no attribution requirements.

Google Images
With Google images, you must be careful. Not all images that show up have the same license term. The best thing to do to avoid problems is to filter the images.
Here is what I mean:

1. After searching for an image, go to setting and click on 'Advanced search.'



2. Next, scroll down, click the drop-down menu next to 'usage rights,' then select your desired usage right. I usually go for 'free to use, share or modify, even commercially.'

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One more thing; I just gave you brief descriptions of what each site is about, but please read each license to make sure you're not breaking any terms. Now you can start making elegant images for your blog without worrying about breaking license agreements! Do you know of any other stunning image sources?

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My Most Recommended Resources for Bloggers

If you love blogging and would like to also monetize on it, one of the best things to start with is affiliate marketing. ShareASale allows you to have access to some of your favorite resources that you would love to share with your readers. The good part is, you also make a percentage of purchased items without the buyer paying anything extra! Basically, you get rewarded for exposing awesome resources to others!

Media.Net is one of the BEST alternatives to Google AdSense. It is very easy to set up by simply copying and pasting codes on your preferred spots on your blog. Not only that, the ads respond very well to the content of your blog. If there's anything you don't want to see, you can take it out. Media.Net may be new on the block, but it can easily compete with AdSense and even provide you with more revenue.

If you need an easy image editor with stunning free images, Desyner will be your best friend! for some reasons, I haven't seen many bloggers recommending this tool. It is very similar to Canva, so I'm not yet sure which of the two is my favorite. You don't have to be a graphic designer to easily put a gorgeous image together. It is easy to save your projects and even download images in PNG for free (something missing in Canva). There's also a premium plan which is very affordable and comes with more features.

If you aren't new to reading blogs, then you must have come across many bloggers recommending Grammarly. Let me tell you, they're right! Making typos is human; Grammarly helps minimize your mistakes by editing all your writings for free! Of course, if you want better and more features, there's also the premium plan.

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