Posted in Blogging | Posted on 18-10-2011|
Finding free images for blogs is not as simple as performing a Google Image Search. As a matter of fact, doing that might land you in hot water because you could be violating copyright laws.
Many of the images that will show up in your browser when you do a simple image search on Google are actually copyrighted and belong to whoever upladed them to their website or blog.
See, when you upload an image to your blog, it will be indexed by the Google search bots.
For example, if you do a search for anti “spam plugin” you will find that an image I created for a previous blog post will show up in the search results.
Now it’s not okay to just download that image an use it as your own because it belongs to me. It’s copyrighted. But many people don’t know that.
So to be on the safe site, make sure you check the “Usage Rights” under “Advanced Image Search” when you do an image search on Google.
Hey, there’s absolutely no reason risking getting into trouble when there are great resources for free images or low-cost images available.
Here are some terrific ones I’d like to share with you….
Free to Use Images
Everystockphoto.com is a license-specific photo search engine that indexes millions of photos. Most of them are free under specific conditions.(Everystockphoto.com)
Finding the right free images for your blog might be a snap at www.sxc.hu. With over 394,286 images online you’ll be sure to find just what you’re looking for.
Very Low-Cost Images
Two of my favorites for very reasonably priced images are Dreamstime.com and iStockphoto.com. They both also have free image downloads. While you can find free to use images right on the website at Dreamstime.com (just click on the “Free Images” link, iStockphoto offers free downloads when you are signed up for their newsletter.
Looking For Some Really Cool Free Icons?
Need some cool free social icons? You can find a ton of them at FreeIconsWeb.com. On over 50 pages you can find any icon you’d ever want. From credit card icons, to social media icons, gosh even Santa Claus, Angry Birds and Matreshka Dolls. Knock yourself out!
For even more free social icons visit Iconfinder.com. You can even find icons there that you can usefor commercial use with no link required. Just use the filter on the site to filter your needs.
So, there you have them. I know, some of us are on a very limited budget and buying images to put on our blog or website may not be an option.
Now, just so you know, some of these sites may ask you to register for an account. Don’t worry, signing up doesn’t cost anything. It’s totally free.
Have you been using free to use images in the past? Do you know of any additional sites that are of great value? If so, it would be awesome if you could share your feedback below.
Thanks and I hope these resources are helpful.
To You Success,
The Enlightened Networker