Tired of paying for expensive stock photos for your blog and social media posts?
Sick of trying to figure out what free images you can use without worrying about getting penalized?
Wish there was a better way to high quality “free” images for your blog?
Of course you, you will be glad you found this post because I am about to share with you my top 10 sources for free blog images!
This is not some random list of websites that bait you in with a bunch of junk free images then make you pay royalty fees on the high quality images you actually want to use.
These are the exact same sources that many wise bloggers including myself use to tap into a virtually unlimited supply of free stock photos that not only look great but will take your blog posts to the next level.
By the end of this post you will not only know the best places to find free high quality stock photos for your blog and social media posts but you will also know what types of images you can legally use to avoid copyright penalties.
My goal is to help you find the high quality images you need to match the high quality content you are publishing on your blog and save you a ton of money in royalty fees.
I know your excited to start checking out some of these free image sites but first, let’s cover the three main types of copyright categories you will need to understand when dealing with free blog images.
Public Domain – public domain images are defined as photos, clip art or vectors whose copyright has expired or never existed in the first place. Almost anyone can use these images for personal and commercial purposes.
Royalty Free – royalty free images are the images you will typically find on paid image sites such as Shutterstock or iStockPhoto where you pay a fee for the image then can use the image with providing attribution or paying additional royalty fees.
Creative Commons – creative commons can best be described as a non-profit group designed to be an alternative to restrictive copyright laws and to allow for artists, authors and creators to license their work for distribution.
The key when using creative commons images is to check the license restrictions for each image that you want to use.
There are several different types of creative commons licenses and each must be followed if you want to avoid penalty for using the image, you can check out all of the different licenses here.
Top 10 Sources For Free Blog Images
All of the sites listed below have either public domain or creative commons licenses and do not require attribution.
I will list which license each site uses but always double check for yourself as I am sure these things could change over time.
PicJumbo.com – Free blog images for personal or commercial use, must purchase license for redistribution of images.
Unsplash.com – Unsplash is a pretty cool site with some super high quality blog images uploaded by site users under the creative commons zero license, free for whatever you want.
Pexels.com – Pexels is one of the best and most popular searchable databases of free blog images you will find, all of the images have a creative commons zero license which means all of the images are free to use for any legal purpose.
Flickr.com (Public Domain) – Flickr is a site you have probably already used at one time or another as it is one of the most popular image sites online. When searching Flickr for blog images, make sure you sort by license and select only images that are “public domain” so you can legally use them and do not have to provide attribution.
Splitshire.com – another great source of high quality stock photos for your blog. All images have no copyright restrictions.
PickupImage.com – large database of searchable public domain images.
Pixabay.com – free images you can use anywhere, search through their vast library of creative commons zero images which you can download, modify or use however you would like and attribution is never required.
Freemediagoo.com – another huge searchable database of free blog images available for personal and commercial use, all images are public domain and no attribution is required.
Sxc.hu (now freeimages.com) – this is a site I hardly ever use, although they have some great free images. Just be careful with them as all of the free images are always shown below the “premium” images which you have to pay for and you have to check each “free” image to make sure no attribution is required.
Publicdomainarchive.com – a huge database of searchable public domain images – highly recommend you check out this site for all your free blog image needs.
Top 10 Sources For Free Blog Images
Navigating the world of free blog stock images can be tedious at times but it doesn’t have to be if you understand the different types of licenses and know which images you can legally use.
Sticking with the trusted sites above will save you a ton of money over buying stock images for your blog and the headache of dealing with some of the so call “free blog image” sites out there who are really trying to get your money.
I hope you found my top 10 sources for free blog images helpful, I know there are many other reputable sites out there so please if you have one not listed that you would like to share, please leave a link in the comments section below.