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They say a picture is worth a thousand words — and with our diminishing attention span, using visuals in our marketing is becoming even more important.

And I think we can all agree that traditional stock photos are pretty bad…

I mean, really?

horrible stock photo example

That said, where do you find the best images for your blog?

Copyright Concerns

First, it is important to note that, while it may be easy (and tempting) to just use Google Images, those images are owned by someone, not Google. So simply finding them does not entitle anyone to use them.

You must look for images where the owner has given express permission for those photos to be used for personal or commercial purposes. This is the license they are extending to you for the use of their property.

There is a big difference between free, royalty-free, rights-managed, copyright and even specific uses for personal or commercial. Make sure you don’t get bound up in legal trouble for using images you do not have license to use.

(Stock Photo Licenses has a great article on how various stock photo licenses work.)

Free Stock Images For Your Content

In no particular order, here are 36 places to find free stock images for your blog:

  1. CompFight
  2. Startup Stock Photos
  3. SumALL
  4. Life of Pix
  5. Pexels
  6. Little Visuals
  7. Unsplash
  8. Death to the Stock Photo
  9. New Old Stock
  10. Superfamous (requires attribution)
  11. Scatter Jar (food images)
  12. Picjumbo
  13. The Pattern Library
  14. Gratisography
  15. Getrefe
  16. IM Free (requires attribution)
  17. Jay Mantri
  18. Public Domain Archive
  19. Magdeleine
  20. Foodiesfeed
  21. Picography
  22. Raumrot
  23. ISO Republic
  24. Dreamstime
  25. Free Digital Photos
  26. Free Images
  27. Free Range Stock
  28. Free Photos Bank
  29. Image Free
  30. IM Free
  31. Morguefile
  32. Pixabay
  33. Public Domain Pictures
  34. Stockvault
  35. RGB Stock
  36. Free Media Goo
  37. HubSpot

Other Helpful Image Resources

Final Thoughts

It is always nice (and sometimes required) to give attribution (that is, credit) to the source or owner of the photo. They are, after all, providing their work to you for free. A shoutout and link to help their business is the least you can do.

For example, the photo used at the top of this post is from my friends at Death To Stock.

What do you think? Did I miss any free stock image resource? Leave a link or comment below.

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