5 Best Places For Bloggers to Get FREE Stock Images

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I love photographs.

Great pictures attract more people as compared to regular ones, so we all love to see great images on a daily basis.

When I started blogging, I was using images after searching on Google and then used them directly on my blog without giving any credit to actual owners. Using images directly on my blog seems to be illegal, so I decided to read more about the licence of images.

One day while surfing the internet I came across an article saying “Legal Lesson Learned: Copywriter Pays $4,000 for $10 Photo.” This was completely shocking to me as I was also using images after finding from the internet.

Here we are going to talk about some of the best sites which will help you to grab free stock images which you can use in your blog posts. But before proceeding further I would like to explain about licences of images.

You must always search images with a creative common licence, because these are the images which can be used in your blog posts.

Watch this video about creative common.

This image will help you to understand what a creative common licence is.

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You can copy, distribute, and display the photo or image placed under a Creative Commons license providing the photo or image is correctly attributed to the owner. Creative common license are applicable worldwide, they are non-revocable, not exclusive, and lasts for the duration of the works copyright.

All images on Internet has various licences so always check the licence before using any image online.

Here are few of them.

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For more details, you can check this Infographic: “Creative Commons: free photos for bloggers.“

Here are Places For Bloggers to Get FREE Stock Images

1. PhotoPin

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I love this site more than any other site. The design of this site is so awesome that this is on my first preference when I start searching images for my articles.

They have fetched all the images from Flickr, which are under creative common licence so you can use them in your blog posts and on various other places.

From this site, you can download images of various sizes, and they provide attribution code which you can place directly on your blog after copying.

See screenshot

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You can download images of various sizes and directly copy-paste the code in your blog post.

2. FreeDigitalPhotos

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This was the very first site I started using for finding free images. Almost all old articles on my blog have images found from FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

They offer royalty free images for business and personal use. You can use these images for your blog, advertising purpose, various newspapers, your ebooks and on various other places.

By surfing their categories or using search option, you can grab many premium looking images at free of cost.

3. StockVault

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On StockVault, you will get a very high-quality collection of stock photos, as well as logo templates, clip arts, textures and backgrounds.

The quality of the images is damn awesome, and professional designers can pick images from here for non-commercial use.

4. stock.xchng

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stock.xchng is other great option for getting free images.

When you will start searching images here (like all other sites) then they will suggest you premium images form other image providers. So if you are not satisfied with the free images, then you can spend a little money and buy from there also. As the images which they will show as premium will be very much targeted to your search keyword.

They have over 350,000 awesome images uploaded by 30,000 photographers from world-wide, so finding images on this site will be much easier for you.

5. Fotolia

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Fotolia is a large website having 20 million premium royalty-free stock photos, Fotolia offers few photos for free.

Image sizes vary from about 425x280px up to 3,400×2,300px. Both crowd-sourced and professional images can be found on this site.

Final words

If you are using images after searching on Google then STOP.

I have shared these excellent resources for you so that you can find some quality images from here and use them in your articles to make them more professional.

If you are using any good sites other than these, then please share with us so that we can get some more awesome images.

Kulwant Nagi

Hi! I am Kulwant Nagi. I created this blog in 2011 with the vision to help new bloggers. I am running more than 10 blogs on various categories and running a digital marketing company in India now.

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21 thoughts on “5 Best Places For Bloggers to Get FREE Stock Images”

  1. Are these images in webistes safe for Adsense?
    And do I need to provide “Credit: ___” below the image?
    And do they have images which satisfies the need of Technology blogs?
    And the images in Wikimedia Commons also copyright free?

    Hope you answer these questions 🙂

    • 1. Yes they are safe for AdSense.
      2. Providing credit would be a great way to respect the creator/owner.
      3. They have images for all categories.
      4. Yes, the images from Wikimedia Commons are also good to use.

      Finally thanks a lot Anchit for asking great questions. These will help many other people. (Y)

  2. You’ve displayed some valuable sources for bloggers to get images for their blog posts Nagi 🙂

    Yeah, it would not be good to use the image of other without giving proper credits.

    I used to take pictures from Google Advanced image search with the option “free to use or share, even commercially” and Flickr.com

    Will give a try to these stock images sites, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Glad to see you around Nirmala. You are already doing awesome job by using Advance search option so no worry for you. 🙂

      Now start finding more awesome images for your blog posts. (Y)

  3. Hiiiii Kulwant,
    What’s an amazing post Bro. You fulfilled the wishes of all Bloggers who where finding this types of information from where they can get free stock images. I am also much happy to know about these five websites. Thanks for sharing this useful and helpful article with all of us……!!

    • Amit, before knowing about these sites I was trying hard to find great images for my blog posts, but after little research I found them.. Hope you will start using them and make your readers more happy. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and appreciating my work.

  4. I always want stock images as searching image on Google image is not much good. But getting free images is great. thanks

  5. Am happy to see list of websites where I can get free images for my blog posts.

    I really appreciate your good effort here.

  6. hey kulwant

    this is a nice article to get awareness among the newbies to get quality images with legal license.

    Great Work

  7. Hey Mate..
    Great list..
    But disappointed that none of these sites have any quality images that is specifically suiting for blogging Niche..
    Flickr was always my last resort..But google is damn serious about distribution of copyrighted images especially from flickr

    • Anz, I am using PhotoPin from last too many months and it satisfy my need always. 🙂

      • Hi again
        Good thing that you pointed out.I did had a quick look at photopin & typed ‘Blogging’ in the search bar.
        images did appear ,except that it was too centralized to pictures having caption ‘blog’ in them…(which is common and is used by many)
        Don’t you thing ‘uniqueness ‘ should be our key for blogging success??
        Regards

  8. Awesome Collection of Sites. And Sites have Awesome collection of Images.
    Thanks for posting resources. I think all-free-download.com should be include in above post.

  9. Hello Kulwant sir,
    I am always using google images for my article and never heard about above places, I will use images from those in the future.
    Thanks for such an informative article.

    • Now start utilizing them, Swapnil. You will get tons of quality images from there.

  10. Very late to this party, but I’ll add that Dreamstime also has a ton of free images:

    http://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos

    And you can also find images with usage rights on Deviant Art, although they tend to be more “artsy” and less your sort of generic stock photo type:

    http://www.deviantart.com/

  11. I think you really have lot of good content on your website. This was another good stuff that is going to be very useful because we all use images but don’t know its harmful effects if used improperly or infringing copyrights. Thanks for the share!

  12. Hey Kulwant Nagi thanks for sharing this awesome article but i want to know that providing license is necassary or i can use without license? If i used photos from the PhotoPin without giving any license what will happen means will i got any message or not?

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