Image provided by Tambako the Jaguar.
New bloggers always want to know where to find free images and paid images for their WordPress Blog Posts. Most people think you can just search Google Images and just see what pops up and use those images on your own blog. In most cases, that is probably illegal.
My friend and fellow blogger, Kimberly Castleberry, wrote a great blog post on the legal and proper use of images on one’s blog entitled, “Picking Pretty Pictures Could Send You to Jail.”
Here’s an important excerpt from Kimberly’s blog post:
When it comes to the images you must:
1) Own purchased rights to all images you use, and know the license limits, or….
2) Be using public domain images, or
3) Be using “commercial use allowed, creative commons, attribution required” and providing a link from that page to the author as specified in that image, or…
4) Create the image yourself!
Random images taken from Google should NEVER be used (on Facebook, your blog, wherever) as you are at high risk of violating copyright.
For the convenience of my blog followers, I have compiled a list of free and paid image sources. Most of these sources were gleaned from Kimberly’s blog post on that subject or the comments of that post:
List of Free Image Sites
Please NOTE: Some Links have PAID and FREE images!
- http://www.inmagine.com/ (link for free images is at bottom of this page at this time)
- http://www.stockvault.net/ (totally free but NOT for commercial use!)
- http://pixabay.com/ (no attribution needed, commercial use is fine!)
Buy Royalty-Free Images
Free Background Textures
Let us know if you use any of these sites or if you would like to suggest some to be added.
Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”