7 Places to Find Images for Your Blog Posts

Published : 10 April 2014

Image GalleryThere is no doubt that images spice up your blog posts. They are an essential inclusion for any website but many bloggers and website owners are at a loss as to how to find images that can be legally used on commercial sites.

So here is a list of places that you can explore to see if they match what you are looking for. All sites, but one, are free. Some require attribution , others don’t so you can check via the link that appears beneath the website screenshot or via the site itself.

Sources of Website Images & Illustrations

1. OpenClipArt.org

Open Clip Art

This is a site that I really enjoy. They have a huge collection of images in the public domain which allows you to use the images as you wish.

You can read their relaxed policies here.

2. FreeImages.com

Free Images

This site has a huge gallery of photos and illustrations.

Use of images from this site is governed by the Image license agreement.  Here are their Terms of Use.

3. Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search

This site allows you to search across a number of image sites.  I like the fact that you can specify the purpose of the image. That is, you can search for images that may by used on commercial sites for example. 

Image Use

But do check out the licenses. Many simply require attribution and a link back to the site but you need to check.

You can read about the various Creative Commons license and the symbols that identity them here.

4. PhotoPin.com

Photo-Pin

This site boasts millions of photos from Creative Commons collections.

Again you can specify whether or not the image is needed for commercial use:

License type

You are provided with an attribution link but always check the current terms of use, just to make sure.

5. WikiMedia Commons

Wikimdeia Commons

Here you can find free images, photos, drawings, videos and audio.

Many of these images can be used without attribution (in public domain) but always check to make sure.

6. FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Free digital images

This is a site that I have used frequently. The images require attribution and are clearly marked if the requirements differ.

You can read their terms and conditions here.

7. Dreamstime.com

Dreamstime Images

This is another site that I have used a lot in the past. This is not a free site but is very economically priced. You purchase credits that you use as you download an image.

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I hope this helps in your search for images that you can use on your blog or website.  If you are using a different source for images, I would love to hear your opinion of it in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Finding a perfect image for a blog is really a difficult task and designing it well also. But no matter a nice image provided in your post really helpful in boosting traffic and making attractive. I am always in a way to find free images and really thank you for providing these list before me. I will try next time before doing a post….. Thanks…

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