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Great Places to Get Free Images for Your Blog Posts

Nothing completes a blog post like great blog post images. Not only do good blog post images help to attract and direct the reader’s attention, but they very often can help to illustrate key points of your blog post. Add to that, today’s internet is more and more a visual experience for users.  Their time is limited, thus to attract attention great art is the answer wled3yu.  If your blog post images can get their attention, then there’s a really great chance they’ll also consume your written words.

The challenge for most bloggers is finding good images that they can afford. The next challenge is trying to locate great resources for free images that give you the quality you need as well. Let’s face it, if you have to start spending a fortune for your blog post images the likelihood of doing a lot of blogging goes way down.

One of the things bloggers have to steer clear of is using any image they find on the internet.  You can’t just do a search at Google or Yahoo and download or copy any image, you’ve got to make sure you have permission to use it. To that end, I’ve put together a short list of some of my favorite places to go for images that you can download free of charge.

My top choice and most often used site is Pixabay.  This site is basically a community, and as such, there never seems to be an issue finding the blog post images. Photographers and graphic artists from all over the world upload their images to the site and you can download as many as you need.  They are loaded with free images to download and use in your blogs or anything else you may need them for.

Pixabay works on a donation system.  Since you are getting such great art from them, I recommend that you do give a donation when you can to the artists whose art you downloaded.  Also of note, you can join the community if you are a photographer and offer your own images to others.  It’s a great concept and they have very high standards for their images. Another great thing about Pixabay is their blog post image size.  You have a choice when you download of four different sizes.

Here’s a couple of examples of the great quality standards Pixabay adheres to:

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Another great site for free images (often known as public domain images) is the PublicDomainArchive.  This site is uniquely different.  In their own words,

We are not a stock photography website like Shutterstock or Dreamstime generic cialis for sale. We are a public domain image repository. We are a site where you come to explore and discover treasures by other great photographers. A place to find inspiration and photography that you can re-use in your creative projects. If you are expecting shutterstock, you will probably be disappointed. We aren’t trying to re-create the wheel, we are trying to create one place where you can come to be inspired to create something amazing. I hope that you will join me on this journey as I try to create an amazing website where you can explore thousands of high resolution public domain images.

There’s no need to set up an account like you do at Pixabay, you just look through the various images that are on the site and hit the download button.  I’ve never hit a limit of how many I can download, but as well, I usually don’t get more than two or three at a time, so there could be one that I’m unaware of.  However, in addition to this free use, they do have a membership program that does allow for bulk downloads.  This will cost you about ten dollars a month.  One of their key selling points for the premium membership is gaining access to images that are exclusively for premium members.  Honestly, there’s so much great value at this site, it just depends on your needs.

Here’s a sample of their public domain images:

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I also chose the feature image for this article from the PublicDomainArchive site.

So there’s my two favorite image sites where I get almost all my blog posts images and actually a lot of my social media images too. As a final note, both sites carry images from a multitude of categories. Public Domain images don’t have to be hard to find or poor quality anymore.

About the Author Tanya Munro

She's a writer, an educator, and a Digital Marketer. She's generated over 40 published works, and she can blog or generate compelling copy. Staying on top of the cutting-edge trends and latest marketing techniques has been her stock-in-trade. Knowing “what’s working now” and bringing that knowledge to the market place has been one of her motivating reasons for helping to found Rock My Market.

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