Free pictures and images for your website

Many are those who wonder where to get their pictures for their websites from, and then worry about how much these would cost them.  You need not worry about this any longer.  Here, you will be directed to the best resources to find free images for your website, and to use as many pictures as you wish, and how you wish.

Many sites are available to get good images from, and you don’t have to pay anything, as shown below.

There are justified fears about using any pictures you download from the internet.  Many of them come not only at a cost but could also with a nasty letter from the owner.  On top of that, you can easily end up in a lot of legal trouble, and you’ll be sued.

You can leave all that worry behind, as there are more than plenty of free pictures to use, and all of them are CC0, which means ‘Creative Commons Zero’ licensed pictures, or PD, which stands for ‘Public Domain’.

A picture truly paints a thousand words to your website

A picture paints a thousand words - Free images for your website

Pictures are beautiful as they can relay your message in the form of shapes, shades, and colors, for which no words can be found.

On the internet, pictures are used for so many different types of websites, each with its own niche, and specialization.  For this extra touch, you’ll need to find suitable picture to complement your writing.

Writing an engaging blog is brilliant, but adding pictures to the words of wisdom only serves to seal its success.

Visitors will be disappointed if the page they find consists of text, more text, and even more text.  They will end up straining their eyes, and their User Experience, also known as UX, will be heavily deflated.  The chances of them staying on that page for long won’t be very promising, which also diminishes your SEO.  The longer a visitor remains on your site, the better it is for your ranking.

Your site’s SEO will be vastly improved with the use of photos, or even video.

In other words, you can’t underestimate their value when you’re working on your site.

Powerful reasons to add images to your blog

If you are struggling to get traffic to your website, you might be missing out on something important.

When you write a blog, even though the information it contains is more than wonderful, you need to add some powerful ingredients to your recipe, such as:

  • Images
  • Multimedia
  • Charts
  • Infographics
  • and obviously, your text.

The result of the above elements, all combined into one, will most certainly help you to drive more traffic your way.

The required minimum for any blog post is ONE picture, but that won’t go very far, especially if your article is quite a long one.

Dotting pictures throughout your text makes your content so much more appealing, and also eye-catching.

Without going into much detail, remember this:

You really should use images in your blog posts.

…and I’ll explain why…

  • For starters, your images must be related to what your content is about.  These have to convey the message you’re trying to get across to your readers.
  • Having the right images in your posts will help you with getting a higher CTR.  This will also help to decrease the bounce rate.
  • Your images are found by search engines
  • A good image will make your article look more complete
  • The images you choose can be shared on Social Media
  • Images will keep your readers interested and engaged

Free images for your website

There are plenty of places from where you can get free pictures and images for your websites.  These can be also freely modified and used for commercial purposes.

Free pictures typically fall under two categories, CC0 and PD.  The sources of pictures you find mentioned under these two categories require no attributions and are totally free to use.

An explanation of what these are, follows.

Creative Commons Zero licensed pictures

CC0 simply means there is no copyright reserved in the Creative Commons toolkit.  It relinquishes all copyright, or similar rights that one holds and these rights are dedicated to the Public Domain.

Public Domain pictures

PD consists of all the creative works which have to exclusive intellectual property rights.  This could be because they may have either been expired or forfeited.  However, it could also be because the owners expressively waived the rights, or such rights might not be applicable.

The beauty of using pictures obtained from these places is that you can, apart from using them freely, also modify them as you wish for maximum impact within your content, even commercially.

What else could you ask for?

Royalty free images free of charge

Royalty Free Images for your website

This can be tricky, as even though there is no fee charged for the use of royalty-free images, you might have to do quite a bit of research if you are obliged to give any form of credit to the owners.  It might sound awful, but in actual fact, researching for the licensing information can be an extremely time-consuming task.  This will only take away from the limited time you probably have in which to write your fine content.

Time is not a luxury I can boast of.  When I create a piece of content I’m more than happy just to find pictures which I can readily use.  These can even be modified for any purpose.

So, in a nutshell, I just go for those which are CC0, or PD.  I won’t have to worry about anything, and no need to expect any legal matters to deal with.

In all fairness, it’s good I mention that I do prefer CC0 rather than PD, for the simple reason that these two titles don’t mean the same thing.

Public Domain, even though is free to use how you wish, and has no copyright restriction attached, might vary in different parts of the globe.  What I mean is that it could be Public Domain to use in Country A, but not so in Country B, which will create an element of confusion.  For this reason, Creative Commons Zero licensed pictures was created, which has put many a mind at rest, including mine.

Do you take your own photos?

If you are still unsure of finding the pictures you need for your website, you can always take your own snaps.

This would be the ideal situation, and you will have no need to worry about copyright issues or any legal matters.

If you are working on a blog, you don’t really need to rush out and buy the latest DSLR to take photos with.   I mean you surely can, especially if money is not a problem, but you don’t need to unless the pictures you need are really specialized ones.

Today, most phones are equipped with a brilliant camera, which for most blogs, is more than sufficient to take high-quality pictures with.

Free image sources for your websites

Here is a list of sources from where you can get all the free images you’ll ever need.  The sources listed are all CC0, so you can use and modify them as much as you so wish.  There are absolutely no copyright restrictions here, and you can unleash your creativity on them as you see fit.

  • My very favorite of the lot, and from where I use most of the pictures on my website, is Pixabay.

Free images for your website from pixabay

  • My second favorite is Pexels.
  • The third third option for getting free images, which can be used freely, modified, and used commercially from Google or Bing, is explained below.

For a complete list of free image sites to use on your website, please take a look at this article, ‘Free Images for a Website – Free to use, no Attribution‘, by a good friend of mine, Robert Prescott.

You can also read this article by another good friend of mine, Robert Allan, called ‘Where to Find Free Images‘.

Also take a look at this very informative article written by a very dear woman, Loes, called ‘Free Images, Photos, Cliparts, Editors, Gifs, Graphics‘.

How to use Google images without copyright

Free images for your website from google

You can get free images from Google very easily, and here I’ll explain how.

Go to Google images, and at the top, towards the right, you click on ‘tools’.  This will open a new menu,  and one of the tabs says ‘Usage Rights’, with a down-pointing arrow on it.   Clicking on this will open a drop-down menu with all the options.

The ones ideal to use are the ones labeled for reuse, with modification.  These are copyright free images from Google itself, all ready and waiting for you to utilize as you wish.

 

How to use Bing images without copyright

Free images for your website from Bing

The same can be said if you wish to use free images from Bing.

Once you’re at the images menu,  you click on the License tab, from which a drop-down menu will appear.

Click on the Free to modify, share, and use commercially option to be able to have access to the type of images which you can freely use.

 

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