How to find copyright-free images for your posts

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This great shot is from Unsplash.com.

A blog post that includes an image is far likely to be read than a post without one. But you need to make sure your image is copyright-free. It’s not okay to just take a photo from the Internet.

Here are some tips on getting great, copyright-free images.

  • There are some great, copyright-free stock photo sites. This Entrepreneur article lists 14 of them. For instance, Unsplash has gorgeous landscapes you can use for free. (Note, you must add a photo credit.) And my faves, Picjumbo, which includes photos of food and Pixabay are both searchable and don’t require attribution for most photos. Just be careful you don’t accidentally use a photo that costs money—for instance, Getty images. (Sometimes those images will come up in a search, even on a free site.)
  • Use Google. Put in your key words and click Images. Then click Tools and select “Useage rights.” Choose “Labeled for reuse.” You’ll only get images that are copyright free. (Of course, always click through and check the rights out thoroughly.)
  • Take one yourself. Cameras on phones take some pretty decent shots. Don’t be afraid to get a bit artsy. My photographer friend’s advice for taking a great shot with a phone is: “get low.”

What’s your favourite method of getting great, copyright-free images for your blog posts? Let us know in the comments, below.

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