Looking for inspiration? Images add visual interest to posts and SEO value. Do you need a free wallpaper, background, header image or illustration for your blog or website? Do you want to get the most out of image search? The quick and easy way to find free images you have permission to use is by searching for public domain images or those under the Creative Commons license. Here are seven free sources I recommend.
Google Creative Commons Image Search allows you to specify exactly what you are looking for. Take advantage of the usage rights filters on the Advanced Search and Advanced Image Search pages to find web content (such as text, videos, or images) you can reuse, share, or modify. You can use operators in the search box; Find pages that are similar to, or link to, a URL; Search pages you’ve visited; Customize your search settings.
Flickr is home to over five billion of the world’s photos and makes it possible to post content hosted on Flickr to other web sites. Visit Flickr creative commons section and use the advanced search feature to specify a search within the Creative Commons-licensed content. Sites that display content hosted on flickr.com must provide a link from each photo or video back to its page on Flickr. This provides a way to get more information about the content and the photographer.Wikimedia Commons is a gigantic repository of free images, sound and other multimedia files. Public domain images are not copyrighted, and copyright law does not restrict their use in any way. Wikimedia Commons images include public domain images and an huge collection of Creative Commons-licensed copyrighted work.
Stock.XCHNG has close to 400,000 high-quality, hand-picked stock photos and graphics. You will find what you need quickly and easily but Stock.XCHNG has a more complex image licence agreement.
morgueFile free photos allows you to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner.
OpenPhoto is a high-quality photo sharing platform created in 1998. Contributors offer their images for free under terms of Creative Commons licensing and usage conditions vary from image to image.
I have listed 70 free sources of images on my Resources page under the heading “images (free sources)” and my list is by no means complete.
Do you incude images in your posts?
Would you like to share any sources you recommend?
I’ll be happy to include them on my Resources page as well.