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It’s Easier Than You Think to Find Free Images That You Can Use Legally

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Free Images for Blogs

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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)

Stockvault.net is another great source of free images online.(Make sure you read the Terms of Use.) You can also find some very interesting and fun PhotoShop tutorials there.

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.

Looking for some really amazing artistic photos? Then FreeArtisticPhotos.com is your place. This site has some beautiful high res photos that you can download for free as long as you obey the Terms of Use. So make sure to check them.

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!

Free Social Media Icons

FreeIconsWeb.com

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

P.S. Update to the list of free image sites above. My friends Marcus Baker, Stella Anokam and Jym Tarrant were so kind and add these sites to it in the comments below. Make sure you ALWAYS read the “Terms of Use” on every site.  Enjoy!

http://www.freepixels.com/
http://www.bigfoto.com/
http://pdphoto.org/index.php
http://www.morguefile.com/
http://pixabay.com/
http://FreeDigitalPhotos.net
http://flickr.com

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Such a helpful list Ilka. I am moving away from creative commons on Flickr for I’m experiencing site issues ever since I arrived in Bali. Not sure if it’s an internet connection thing or not.

Thanks!

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Hi Ryan,

Gosh, you got the life of Riley (whoever Riley is) living it up in paradise. Must be nice :)

Bet you can shoot your own awesome pictures there that you can use on your blog.

Be blessed,

Ilka

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HI Ilka, I had not heard of every stock or stock vault, but I had heard of sxc.hu. I am looking forward to having a browse.

I agree Dreamstime and istock are great sites, but when you post often, it can become a little pricy. When I did the 90 day challenge, even purchasing from the dollar bin sure added up on Istock.

I also would like to suggest morguefile.com they too have free to use photo’s and all of them are available for use … again just read the rules to CYA :-) but most of them are very reasonable.

ie: They don’t want you printing their image on a Tshirt and selling it based on the image. (duh)… but apart from that the coast is pretty clear!

Thanks Ilka

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Hi Jayne,

I know what you mean as far as it becoming a bit pricy using istockphoto if you write a lot of blog posts. Most of my images are istockphoto images so I was on the lookout for an alternative.

I do like sxc.hu but often I couldn’t find just what I was looking for. I’m very picky. So I’m glad I found out about the sites above and I just had to share them.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Ilka

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I’ve been using the google search to find “free to use” images for my latest blog posts, it’s pretty cool. =D
Still not so sure about the copyright stuff. When it says free to use for non-commercial purpose, is it okay to post it in a blog article that has adsense links on the same page, for example?
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Hi Nicko,

Yes, the Google image search function is a pretty cool feature. But, you’ve got to be careful about the copyright laws. I had some of my images ‘borrowed’ by other people before and while I was pretty nice about it and just made the user aware of the copyright, there are other people (especially companies) out there that are not that nice and may slap you with a law suit. It’s pretty serious business.

There’s an advanced feature on Google Image Search that lets you choose “Only images labeled for reuse. Conditions might apply.” You can further filter your results to only pull up images labeled for “Commercial use” and/or “Modification.”

See the link here:
http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search?hl=en

And this one about “Usage rights.”
http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?&&answer=29508

I hope this is helpful to you.

Ilka

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Hi Ilka,

Great advice and resources. You listed one or two I don’t use. I will say I most often use http://www.sxc.hu simply because of the large collection they have.

I find it best to have as many resource sites as possible. Some are better for certain types of photos than others.

Here are a few others I use. In keeping with your warning, I ‘ll say it again here for your readers …. make sure you know what the conditions are before using pictures from any of the following sites.

http://www.freepixels.com/
http://www.bigfoto.com/
http://pdphoto.org/index.php
http://www.morguefile.com/
http://pixabay.com/

Enjoy the rest of your week Ilka. :)

~Marcus
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Hi Marcus,

Aww, your so awesome! Thanks for sharing even more resources for free images! I really appreciate it and I know my readers will too. THANKS!

You’re the BEST!

Ilka

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Hello Ilka,

These are some excellent resources and the ones Marcus has decided to add are awesome. Never heard of alot of them.

I am saving them in a notepad right now to use when the numerous issues as regards my blog are fixed.

Thanks for your continuous leadership!

~Tosin Adeoti

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Hi Tosin,

I’m glad Marcus and I could enlighten you about some really cool resources. Glad you’re saving them :)

Sorry to hear that you are having problems with your blog. I know that can be very frustrating. Hope you get it all worked out soon.

Cheers,

Ilka

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Ilka, you pretty much for the expanded list of free image sites. I’ll note them for later.

I have used a few of those sites listed and I love sxc.hu so much because it has a huge collection of absolutely free and cool images.

I recently discovered freedigitalphotos.net – they have good images too and require that you credit image link in order to use it.

Thanks for the list of free icons site – I’m going to bookmark those.
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Hi Stella,

You know, I have used FreeDigitalPhotos.net in the past as well, but completely forgot about them. So I am really glad you brought that up and I’ll make sure to include it in the list above.

Thank you so much!

Ilka

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Hello Ilka,

Thank you very much! There are lots of great tips and resources here that we could use. I was only aware of sxc. Glad to hear that there are a lot more. Thanks for sharing this! Keep it up! :D
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Hi Pj,

Welcome to my blog! It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Sxc.hu is a very popular site and they do have a large selection of free images….but…yes, there are more :)

Glad I could share the list above with you. Enjoy!

Ilka

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Brilliant Resource Ilka…

I use the (perhaps) only one you didn’t mention – Flickr’s Creative Commons. But I’ll have to check out some of those on your list.

I started off using Google Images, not thinking of the legal side of this.

But when you consider that some people put a lot of care or time into creating images, or perhaps it’s a part of their livelihood, it becomes the only choice to find legal options instead of just taking whatever you like.

Not to mention, there is always the chance that you can get sued for using other people’s work, and if you make money from your blog – that can be a big deal!

Any serious blogger should consider this fact when choosing images, and you just made it super easy!

Thanks Ilka!
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Hi Jym,

You know, I never have used Flickr. But I’m sure it’s worth a try. Thanks for the suggestion!

Yep, the likelihood of getting sued over copyright issues is very real. In the dark ages it took months or even years to find out if your work has been copied or stolen, but now with the internet it may only take 24 hours.

I’m not sure whether or not you caught the news about the graphic designer in China who modified the Apple logo with Steve Jobs image (appearing as the bite of the apple), to pay tribute after he died. Although he came up with the idea himself, it turns out there was also a graphic designer in the UK who had done the same thing earlier this year.

The only difference between the two images was a slightly different angle of Steve Jobs silhouette and the Chinese guys version was a black apple on a white background and the UK version was a white apple on a black background. It only took a day or two for the “copy” (which really wasn’t one) to be found out.

Just thought I’d throw this little tidbit in :)

So yes, absolutely, it’s a BIG DEAL!

Cheers,

Ilka

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Hi Ilka,

thanks for sharing this. Copyright is a delicate thing. For example, if you uploaded a picture to your blog copyrighted by you and I share your post on Facebook including this (preview) photo, it would be a copyright violation if you had a problem with that, at least under German copyright law. Of course, most people wouldn’t have a problem with that. The problem would be if people use third party images on their blog with the right to do so. That doesn’t mean that I as a reader of your blog can’t share the post on the Facebook, but I could run into problems if I didn’t have the right to the share the photo as well.

When it comes to social media icons or credit card icons, the following question comes up: Did the graphic designer have the right to a use a company logo, such as a credit card company, to create an icon ?

Well, by no means, I am not an attorney, but I know that we have to be very careful with copyright stuff. If we are not entirely sure that we have the right to use something, chances are we don’t have te right.

So we absolutely have to check the terms of use.

Be blessed

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Hi Oliver,

Wow, German copyright laws are really, really strict!

By the way, you brought up a great point about credit card and social media icons. I have noticed that istockphoto.com has made these for “Editorial Use Only cannot be used for any commercial purposes.” This is VERY interesting! It seems, everybody is covering their butt.

That’s why it is of utmost importance always to read the “Terms of Use.”

Thanks so much for your very valuable input! It’s much appreciated.

Have a great rest of the week!

Ilka

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I remember I downloaded a bunch of pictures from Google images and used them to make a video. After like 3 days i got a notice from YouTube telling me some if the images used were under copyright.

After that I started being very careful about the images I used from then on.

Thanks for sharing this list on pictures resources with us.

Great post Ilka!
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Oh-oh, Giles, glad you didn’t get into serious trouble with YouTube. Lesson learned, right?!

Take care,

Ilka

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Yes, I learned a very valuable lesson. I took the video down immediately as well.

My YouTube is now is good standing again :)
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These are awesome resources that you’ve shared with us on this post, Ilka. I wasn’t personally aware that images you find on Google are copyrighted. I’m glad I read your post because I’ll now be quite careful about the images I use on my blog to avoid any kind of problems.

Thanks for sharing.

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Hi Etieno,

Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. A lot of people don’t know about the copyright laws of the internet. I’m glad I could “enlighten” you though.

Take care,

Ilka

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Great list Ilka!

I haven’t heard of a few of these sites. I’m always searching for new places to locate photos. I visit some of the sites I use and for something specific I’m searching for, nothing ever comes up. I have 15 free sites listed and 5 paid ones right now. Will be sure to add a few of these to that list now.

Appreciate you sharing this with us and for Marcus, Stella and Jym’s additions as well. You guys are the best!

~Adrienne
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Hey Adrienne,

Thanks! Sorry this response comes so late. Have been painting our deck since Friday of last week. But now it’s ready for the winter weather, haha.

You’re right, one can never have enough resources. I’m glad I could add to your list.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Ilka

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Hey Ilka! Thanks for the list.

Yeah, I think I have quite a few photos in the beginning of my blog, that were pulled straight from Google. “Shhh”.

I try to include a picture of myself or something of that nature – then I don’t have to cross in to that ‘unknown’. :)

This is a good resource, though. I will have to look in to it :) . Thanks again.
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Hi Brock,

It’s always best to use your own images whenever possible. But if not, I think the above resources are a great addition.

Enjoy the rest of your week, Brock!

Ilka

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Hey Ilka

great info in this post!
I agree that you have to be careful what you use from where.

I have started using my own photos more. It gives more personal interest and at least they are mine!

Have you ever visited the Wizard of Draws? He creates a lot of free use humorous cartoon images.

Thanks for your info!
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Hi Karen,

Oh my, your comment fell completely through the cracks. My sincerest apologies! :(

I think it’s a very wise move to use your own images. No copyright worries there. Unfortunately I for one don’t have to time to always create my own and so I do have to look for other sources.

I’ll be checking out the Wizard of Draws. Thanks for the info! Funny and humorous is always good.

Have a great week and happy holidays!

Ilka

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Truly useful to me, Ilka, thanks.

Being one of those fellows who sometimes runs off at the keyboard and before I know it, have spit out 1,200 words or some, some of my postings can cause hysterical blindness if I do not break them up with photos and vides.

Again, thanks!
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Hi Tim,

Yes, breaking up junks of text is always a good idea especially if your post is long. Pictures can keep your audience engaged and keep on reading.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your great feedback!

Happy Holidays!

Ilka

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Ilka: Thanks for this helpful list!!

I started out using Flickr because I didn’t know about any other sites and then found Dreamstime; my favorite so far is Morguefile.

Happy Holidays to you and yours,
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Hi Diane,

You are very welcome! I used Dreamstime before. Not only do they have very reasonable prices they often also have great free images you can download.

Happy Holidays to you and yours as well! And may the blessings of the season remain yours throughout the coming year.

Ilka

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I am curious. I understand about copyright and the legalities, but what is recommended for bloggers who highlight and review current fashion and merchandise? Is there a site where companies put out those types of images?

I looked into everystock and sxc and the images seemed very stock…difficult for aesthetically inclined bloggers.

Thanks for the great post!

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