The value of visual content for your blog is at an all-time high. According to this infographic by Digital Marketing Philippines, not only does visual content generate as high as 94% more visitors to your post, but it can also increase engagement with your target customers by 37%. Therefore, it would be foolish of you to not use tried-and-tested traffic boosters like images and infographics in your blog posts.
However, the challenge now is finding images that you can freely use of your blog. You can’t just swipe images from Google Image Search without checking first if the images are protected by license or not. Even if you did find unlicensed images there, most cannot be used for your posts due to their poor quality.
You can sign up and register for an account to acquire high-quality stock photos, but you need money to purchase credit in order to be eligible to download the images you want. This can get very expensive.
You can go to Flickr Creative Commons, a site that hosts a lot of images that you can use for your blog. But most of the images there require attribution and a link back to the user, something that may not interest you.
Therefore, if you’re looking for high-quality free images that don’t require payment and attribution within the page, then look no further than the list of ways you can find visual content for your blog featured below.
1) IM Free
A fairly new free stock image downloading site is IM Free. Aside from its search function, the site divides the images into different categories, making it easier for users to find the images they need for their site. Other awesome features found in IM Free are the customizable website templates (should you decide to create a website using the available images for download) and the button maker for attractive CTA buttons for your landing and sales pages.
Arguably the best image-hosting site online, Pixabay has hundreds and thousands of hi-res images (photos, vectors, illustrations, and clipart) you can download for free – no strings attached. You can select up to four types of sizes for the chosen image before downloading it. For M to XL, you will need to register for an account in order to save them on your CPU for use.
If you want to give back to users who have made the images available, you can “buy them coffee” by depositing an amount you think they deserve through PayPal.
This is another site where you can download free images for use. Morguefile does not have as many images to choose from compared to Pixabay, but it nonetheless offers you an alternative place to get high quality images for your blog.
This site puts an interesting twist to the concept of allowing people to download free high-resolution photos. Unsplash is a Tumblr-powered free stock image site by PickCrew. Unlike aforementioned sites, Unsplash is dedicated to offering artistic landscape and scenic photography that users can download and use on their blog posts. The site has a mailing list where it sends the 10 new photos of the week straight to your e-mail.
5) Death to the Stock Photo
A site that “aims to be coffee for the modern creative,” Death to the Stock Photo sends a batch of photos every month straight to your e-mail. However, you will need to sign up first in order to receive your first batch of free photos to use on your blog. Similar to Unsplash, the site features creative hi-res photography of random scenes taken from the city.
The site makes a host of stock images and footage available for download at a cost. However, users can download basic royalty-free stock images upon registering for an account on the site.
The use of images is powerful for bloggers as they publish content, share updates on social media and for essentially every marketing campaign imaginable. In fact, Facebook reports that images get 87% of all engagement on the network versus videos and plain text. The use of high quality imagery improves the value of your marketing.
Question: where are other places bloggers can download free stock images for their posts? Let your thoughts be heard by commenting below!
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