You’ve written your blog post, now comes the most difficult part of blogging—finding an image to accompany the post.
However, knowing where to find images (information I learned through trial and error) helps simplify and speed up the process.
5 places to find images for your blog posts:
Stock.xchng is my favorite site for free photos I know I can use legally. The site offers a variety of artistic and traditional stock options. It also is a great place to find minimalist photos that can be used to design original graphics.
2. iStock Photo
iStock has the best stock photos offered for legal use. However, the photos aren’t free. I have a small account of iStock credits that I use only if I can’t find a suitable free image elsewhere. I would use it for all of my photos if I could.
Flickr is a Yahoo site that offers free images uploaded by users and professional photographers. Look under “Creative Commons” to find photos you can use legally. A lot of bloggers really like Flickr, but it’s my least favorite photo site. It just takes too much time for me to sort through the rubbish to find a quality photo I like.
4. Google Images
Google Images scours the Internet looking for anything related to your search terms. This yields a ton of results. But just because you can download an image doesn’t mean you can use it legally. To find photos you can use legally with proper attribution, click on the “advanced search” and change the usage rights to read “free to use or share, even commercially.”
5. Your camera
The best way to find unique photos for your blog is to take them yourself. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to shoot some basic photos for your site. Just remember the rule of thirds and click away.
There are many other sites where you can find free and paid images for your blog. I didn’t feel comfortable recommending any I hadn’t used personally. For more ideas, check out 19 Places to Find Free Images Online for Your Website and 5 Places to Find Stock Images for Publishing on Your Blog.
You also want to make sure you’re legally using any photo you choose. For a quick understanding of online photo use, read Oh Snap, Can I (Legally) Use that Photo?