Not every good writer or blogger is also a photographer. As a blogger, you’ve probably seen some beautiful blogs that have stunning original photography and wondered whether you should go out and take a photography class. While that is certainly a fine idea, there are other, quicker ways to get great images for your blog. Good images are important, because readers are immediately engaged when they see a good visual. You may not have to take photos, or even pay for them, but don’t forego images simply because you don’t know where to look for them.
Free Image Resources
There are plenty of places to start, and even more websites not listed here. You’re guaranteed to come up with many results at any one of these sites.
- Compfight.com is a great resource with a simple-to-use interface. You can search either commercial or creative commons licenses, or any. They have tons of free images, but they also provide professional stock photos for as little as $1. This makes them a great resource, no matter your budget.
- Photopin.com is very similar to Compfight, in that it’s simple and quick to use. They also have the option to choose from images you pay for and images that are free to be used either commercially or creatively. You’ll find that you get a ton of images back and they are mostly high quality.
- Search.CreativeCommons.org is the Creative Commons search engine. You can choose to search Flickr, Fotopedia, Pixababy, and Google Images, among other options. They also have music and other media that is under the Creative Commons license and free to use and share.
Besides the Photos
What do you do if you need images besides photos? Do you need an icon or illustration for your latest blog post? With the creativity of the Internet behind you, you can also find these types of images to use for free or very cheap.
- IconFinder.com provides icons in multiple formats including PNG and SVG, which can be filtered by license. You can also choose the background – either white, black, or checkered. Check them out when you need a quick icon. iconarchive.com is also a great choice.
- getfireshot.com allows you to take screenshots with your browser. Screenshots can come in handy, especially if your blog post is a tutorial.
- pixlr.com is a completely free online photo editor. It’s features can be closely compared to Photoshop which will run you more than a thousand dollars.
- Fiverr.com OK so it’s not free but fiverr is a place where people are buying and selling services for just $5. You can post a request that someone draw you just about anything for $5, or you can browse the listed ads from providers.
Building a successful blog takes some work and it doesn’t happen over night. In the long run, making money from a blog may turn out to be easy and liberating, but before you reach that point you’ve got to put in the work. One part of great content is great images that capture the attention of your intended audience.
If you can’t take them yourself, finding photos online is a great option. Of course, it may also be fun to stretch your creative muscles to see if you can take great pictures with a bit of practice. There’s always back-up at the sites listed in this post.