Let’s face it, you can write one hell of a blog post and without a picture it might get some attention, but if you add an image you’re likely to see much better results. People love a good blog post, but the pictures are what catches someone’s eye, and makes them stop long enough to see what your posts all about.
There’s several places you can find free images online for your blog or website. Making your post visually appealing, as well as packed full of information, will help you get the traffic and comments you’re looking for, as well as with the search engines. Everyone likes a good picture.
So where can you find free images online? There’s several places you can download images for free.
Kozzi – Find tons of FREE images for your website or blog. Kozzi is my favorite place to find free pictures for your website or blog. Once you join Kozzi will credit your account with $10. You can use your account credit to purchase images, however I still have not used my account credit. There’s plenty of great free pictures to use. For every friend your refer to Kozzi you’ll also receive $10 account credit, as well as the person you refer. Kozzi has over 75,000 images in their database. If you haven’t tried out Kozzi yet, they’re totally worth checking out.
Flickr.com is probably one of the most popular. Flickr.com allows you to share pictures, as well as store your own pictures. There’s a large selection of images for you to use on Flickr.com, and it’s a free service as well. One thing to watch out for is the photographers terms, be sure to read them carefully, and link back to the source.
FreeDigitalPhotos.net has a nice variety of free images for you to download. Images can be used in commercial and personal work. You can also choose to buy images as well.
Stock.xchng is a free place for you to find quality images for your blog or website. They offer more than 400,000 images, from more than 30,000 photographers.
Stockvault has a decent sized collection of images. If you choose to get your images from Stockvault know that all images are licensed under the Creative Commons attribution license. You’ll be able to find images, clip art, backgrounds, and logs at Stockvault.
EveryStockPhoto.com has a nice variety of free photos to use. Pictures come from many different sources and are license-specific. Be sure to check the license agreement before you use any photo. EveryStockPhoto is a free service where you can tag, collect, rate, and comment on images.
iStockphoto is an extremely popular website to grab quality stock photos from. iStockphoto offers one free image a week, often one image a week isn’t enough, but it’s something and always nice to know the image will be a quality image. iStockphoto offers thousands of images in magazines, packaging, posters and more. Images are ready-made images, and are licensed for use in advertising or promotion.
OpenPhoto is another great place to find a good selection of high quality images for free.
Google Images are probably some of the easiest to come across. You’ll also be able to find just about anything you need, and then some. However, if I were you I would stay away from using any of the images, its highly likely that it will violate someones copyright.