I want to use this opportunity to wish everyone of us a Happy New Month. We are now in the middle of the year and i think its time for us to go back and check how far we’ve gone gone with our new year resolution and goals. Wow, that reminds me of mine which i haven’t gone far with :), still trying anyway.
OK, like i told you before, my exam is still on and i have another guest for us today and he is Alex Strike, you will read more about him by the end of the post. I’ve known Alex for sometime now and when he asked me if can write a guest post for me, i accepted because i know what he can do :). So, lets see what he has for us.
BTW: I will also announce the winners of the giveaway i hosted with Ashvini about two weeks ago so, lets watch and see who the 2 lucky winners will be.
5 Main Sources To Find Images For Your Blog Posts
An essential attribute of every (well, almost every) blog post of a high quality is a good photo or illustration. It will be even more precise to say that this is some unwritten “rule of etiquette” while blogging. Someone posts themed pictures, someone creates images by himself, but all authors often ask the same question: where can we get good images for our blog posts? After all, not everyone is a good photographer or illustrator. Moreover, spending time on the image of 250×200 pixels is not always effective.
Fortunately, the Internet provides a large number of images with a Creative Commons license. To describe Creative Commons briefly, I can say that it is conducive to simple and free use of different materials on the network. Therefore, the search of such pictures or images is what we exactly need. So, I suggest to review useful websites where every blogger will be able to find various images he needs for his posts.
Let’s begin with the most usual tools – Google Images. If we take a look at search tools, we will find “Commercial use” and “Modification” options there (Usage rights menu), that can be used to determine which images are free. I admit that sometimes I just look for pictures without a license, but I use them only for personal non-commercial projects (my blogs for example). In general, Google Image Search is comfortable enough, and many new useful features are added there every year, such as images filters by color, etc.
Creative Commons images can be found at the popular photo hosting named Flickr too. As well as in case with Google Image Search, all we need to do is set search up a little or use the catalog. Flickr really has so many beautiful pictures, whether it’s an author’s photograph of a city or a country, or just abstract narrative pictures. We can find images with a free right to use, or pick up a picture with a non-profit license – the choice will be even greater in this case.
Once I was looking for the Czech Republic images for a thematic blog on Flickr, so, some pictures were impossible to copy, and the page provided me with a hint that those files were protected. But in general, there is a big number of various pictures to use on Flickr, so, we should check this source out for sure!
Stock.xchng is one of the largest (it has in about 400,000 images) stock services, which has free images and doesn’t require any back links to them. We can enter a desired request to a search bar, and get a set of pictures available for download + links to some premium files. I’m not sure if there are any restrictions as for the number of downloads per day, but if we want a small picture to illustrate blog posts, we can copy them from the site with no problems at all.
It is not a bad idea to find a free image on 123RF too. The chances increase significantly if we are not interested in large files of a very high resolution. The site gives you an opportunity to download photos of various sizes, depending on your goals, but the smallest images of 400 pixels are available for downloading for free. The choice is very good: according to this site’s developers, in about 12,500,000 images can be found at 123RF. Use the search to find illustrations of the topics needed.
Finally, I would like to mention one more place where we can “hunt” for images properly. This is EveryStockPhoto. The project is described as a “search engine for images on a given license,” so, it can be a really good service to use. Specify the website you want to search in the advanced user settings (for example, it can be Flickr or Stock,xchng, that I’ve mentioned about), and the side will provide you with thousands of search results. It’s very convenient, when all pictures are available at a single website.
I think that these five sources will be enough to have really beautiful and free images on hand. With their help we’ll be able to find proper pictures and illustrations very quickly, and make our blog posts more interesting and attractive for readers.
Share Juice Pro Giveaway Winners
I’m excited to the announce the winners of the giveaway right now as was randomly selected by Raffle Copter…..
1. Lisa Buben
2. Tim Bonner
Congrats to the two winners. You both will get an email from Ashvini ASAP. Thanks to all who participated too, I’m sure you will also win some other time :).
About the author:
Alex Strike is a 26-year-old blogger, interested in social media, online marketing, innovative technologies and the Internet in general. Alex is always ready to help with assignment writing if someone really needs it.