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Where To Find Free Stock Images Online

An image is worth a thousand words. A plain text with a relevant and catchy image may be enough to motivate social media users to click on your link and stay on your site for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to pay a professional photographer who will take photos for their website(s) and social media accounts. Here are a few places you can start looking in to find the right photo to match your content you post on social media.

1. Google/Bing Search

The first place anyone would search for images is Google, Bing or Yahoo. What you need to understand is that not all images are free or “usable”. In order to find out whether the image is searchable, simply click on “search tools” and select ‘usage rights’. Then, click on the ‘labeled for re-use with modifications’ button. SEARCH AWAY!

2. Your own photography

All you need for this choice is a good point-and-shoot camera as well as some creativity. There are plenty of free Adobe Photoshop alternatives on the web to help you perfect your creations, and they are Pixlr and PicMonkey.

3. Flickr

Flickr provides access to photos uploaded by other people around the world. They can be used for both commercial use and for personal branding reasons. Some images require you to cite, so it’s very important to read the fine print.

4. StockSnap.io

StockSnap.io carries an assortment of free stock photos and high resolution images. The site also has a useful and very specific search feature making it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. In addition, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos on the web.

What resources are you using for finding good images for your website and social media platforms? If we’ve missed a few ideas please let us know and we’ll be happy to add them to the list.

February 12, 2015

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