Every blog post you put on your website needs to have an image with it. This may act as the thumbnail for the post on a list of articles, or it may just add visual appeal to your writing. Whatever the case may be, it is important to learn how to find images for your blog posts so you can make your articles as engaging as possible. Here is a brief guide explaining your options.
License Free Images
If you don’t want to pay for pictures on your blog, try using license-free images from the internet. These are pictures that people have already given you and other users permission to use. There are several places to find these, but two of the most popular ones are Flickr and Google.
Finding License Free Images On Flickr
- Search for the type of image you want on Flickr.com.
- Click on the “Advanced Search” link, usually in the upper right hand corner.
- Scroll to the bottom where it says “Creative Commons.” Click on the box next to “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.”
- Click “Search” at the bottom and browse through all of the license-free photos you are allowed to use.
Finding License Free Images On Google
- Go to Google Images and search for the type of picture you want.
- Look for the option that says “Search tools” in the top menu. Click on that to pull up filters for your search results.
- Click the dropdown menu for “Usage rights” and select whatever option best suits your needs. I usually choose “Labeled for reuse” or “Labeled for reuse with modification.”
- Look through the images and download the ones you like.
License free images are great for certain kinds of content, but they may not always suit your needs. In this case, you may need to pay for stock photos instead. Some great stock image sites online include:
Check out these sites and others to see which one offers the best selection of photos for you. Note that they all have different pricing structures, so you will need to select the one that best fits your budget at this time. Paying for stock photos may eat away at your profits a bit, but you won’t spend much more than a couple bucks a photo to get a great image for your blog posts.