If you have a website or a blog, you're going to need images at some point. Finding the right image can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. And I bet you've procrastinated about completing a blog post because you haven't found the perfect image. I know. I've been there. That's why I want to share this post to make life easier for you.
When I'm looking for something really specific I usually get it from one of the paid stock sites but most of the time, images from some of the free sites serve my needs perfectly.
The legal stuff
First of all please note that for you to use any image legally on your site, it has to be either in the Public Domain or is shared under a Creative Commons license. A Creative Commons license is basically a way for image creators to share their work without having to relinquish copyright or individually license their work.
Here's what's important: There are different types of Creative Commons licenses, and not all of them will permit commercial use. Most images will require you to provide credit (attribution) at a minimum, although some do grant you the permission to do whatever you want without attribution (known as Creative Commons Zero). Be sure to check each individual site for the requirements of any image you download, and adhere to the requirements of the copyright holder.
To find out more about the requirements of the different Creative Commons licenses, you can check out this great article by attorney Sara Hawkins.
Free stock photo sites
Having said all that, below are my list of free sites where you can find the perfect image for your site and blog. I know there are tons of free stock photo sites out there but I have deliberately included only a handful that, in my opinion and experience, offer a great variety of good-quality images.
Death to Stock Photo - http://deathtothestockphoto.com/
KaboomPics - http://kaboompics.com/
Pexels - https://www.pexels.com/
StockSnap - https://stocksnap.io/
Foodies Feed - https://foodiesfeed.com (great for food images)
Free Range Stock - https://freerangestock.com
Gratisography - http://www.gratisography.com/ (some unusal images here if you're looking for something different)
PicJumbo - https://picjumbo.com/
Picography - http://picography.co/
Pixabay - https://pixabay.com/
PikWizard - https://pikwizard.com/
Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/
New Old Stock - http://nos.twnsnd.co/
Public Domain Archive - http://publicdomainarchive.com/
Visual Hunt - https://visualhunt.com/ (image search site)
Wylio - https://www.wylio.com/ (another image search site, even has an in-built image resizer)
Paid stock photo sites
If you're really stuck searching for the perfect image, try some of the paid stock photo sites:
Stock Unlimited - http://www.stockunlimited.com
123 RF - http://www.123rf.com/
Adobe Stock - https://stock.adobe.com
Deposit Photos - http://depositphotos.com/
Dreamstime - https://www.dreamstime.com
iStock - http://www.istockphoto.com/
ShutterStock - http://www.shutterstock.com/
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