Blogging is a fun way to express yourself and it can bring many opportunities as long as rules are followed. What rules am I talking about? Well, besides NOT plagiarizing by unauthorizingly using other publishers’ contents, bloggers must be very careful when using images on the internet to publish blog posts.
Years ago, I had no idea about this and just downloaded images from Google thinking it was all public property. It wasn’t until I saw the phrase ‘royalty-free’ by other bloggers on many occasions when referring to images that I started wondering. And as always, I put on my research hat and started looking for detailed information.
Basically, most images on the internet are posted by individuals like you and me. Some of those images may show up on Google Images but it doesn’t make them public properties. Different authors attach different licenses to their images. This means that whoever decides to download the images must abide by the rules set by the author.
Some images may be royalty-free (no payments for each use), some may require attribution (adding the source), some may be for personal use only while others may be okay for commercial use (adding on sold items such as ebooks). Whenever you take images from the internet, it is important to always look at the license. Here are fourteen sites where you can get free images for your blog:
This one is one of the most popular free image sites. Images are usually free for commercial use without attribution required. That’s where I get a lot of my images.
This is another popular one with royalty-free images for commercial use and not attribution required.
Public Domain Archive
The images here are for public domain as the name clearly states which mean anyone can use the images for whatever he/she desires. There are free images released every week.
This one is primarily an image editor. It has free images available while you’re editing which makes it very easy and less time-consuming. You simply search for the image you desire by using the appropriate keyword.
Canva is one of the most popular image editors used by bloggers. It also comes with free images like Desygner.
These are primarily royalty-free images and free for personal and commercial use. No attribution required.
Images here are also royalty-free but attribution is encouraged though not required.
These are free images with attribution encouraged/required.
With Google images, you must be careful. Not all images that show up have the same license term. The best thing to do to avoid problems is to filter the images.
Here is what I mean:
- After searching for an image, go to setting and click on ‘Advanced search.’