I don’t know about you but I spend more time trying to find decent images for some of my blog posts than actually writing the articles in the first place! I try to use my own photos where I can, but for some subjects, it’s just not possible.
You need to be very careful when sourcing images to use on your own website. Taking photos from other people’s sites (and even from Google image search) is a big no-no, and can land you with quite a hefty fine. I know of a couple of small businesses who have had solicitor’s letters for pinching photos for their own use.
Royalty Free Stock websites such as Getty Images or Shutterstock have amazing photos, but they do require you to buy credits in bulk upfront which isn’t cheap.
Luckily there are some kind souls out there who take fantastic photos and offer them up for use for free or a small donation.
Here’s a list of my favourite free websites to source images for your blog:
This is my go-to website for images, Pixabay has thousands of free photos of very good quality for you to download. You can find just about anything on here and it’s very easy to search. No registration is needed, just search, browse and download either a small, medium or large version.
I love PicJumbo! The photos are so professional it seems a bit cheeky to just download them for free. You have to browse through the categories to search for pics, but it’s definitely worth the effort. No registration needed.
Kaboom adds new high-quality photos every day. You can search or browse through the main categories. No registration required, only one click of a button is needed to download photos.
ISO Republic has some really cool, arty imagery – I love having a browse through the photos for inspiration. No account needed, you can download the images in 1 click.
Free Digital Photos has a wide range of different photography categories. You can only download the small version for free, and you must you must publish an acknowledgement to FreeDigitalPhotos.net and the image creator. You can buy the photos instead, from £2.25 for the small version. You either have to sign up or enter your email address every time you download an image.
The Stockpile is a little bit different in that you sign up to receive an email with free photos every month. Doesn’t really help if you are looking for a specific type of photo urgently but worth subscribing as there are some really nice photos, and all images are 100% free to use.
Free Images has almost 400,000 fantastic free images in a range of categories from flowers to architecture to food. This website requires you to set up a free account, but once registered you can download various sized files.
Fancy Crave has some brilliant, arty photos. They are high quality, and very unique which is great as you don’t want to be using the same stock photos as every other blog. No registration, just click ‘download’.
All photos on Wikimedia Commons are free to use and share. It’s quite difficult to find what you’re after, but handy if you need photos of something like a like a celebrity or famous landmark.
This is one of the Royalty Free websites where you need to buy credits to purchase photos, however, they do have a Free Images section as well. These photos are submitted by users so they’re not all of the same high standards as the paid for images, but it’s definitely worth a browse. This site requires you to register (for free) before you can download anything, and you need to credit the author on the page.
So if you’ve been struggling to find images for your website, hopefully, these will keep you going for a bit.
Let me know in the comments if you use any other free websites to source images for your blog.