5 Sites that Provide Free Stock Images

free-stock-photosImages rule the Internet.

  • Two of the fastest-growing social networks are image sites – Pintrest and Instagram
  • Photo posts on Facebook receive 39% more interaction than average.
  • Blog posts that include images are more memorable and engaging.

So, where’s a person to get good images?

The best solution is to take them yourself. That way you know you’re sharing an original image that’s not copyrighted by someone else and there’s no cost to you (besides your time). But that’s not always possible or practical.

There are a number of inexpensive stockphoto sites, but if you want to include images in a blog that’s not generating any revenue, even a buck an image may be too high. So here are

5 Places to get Free Stock Images

  1. freerangestock.com
  2. stockvault.net – Also includes premium images from Shutterstock
  3. freedigitalphotos.net – Small versions of the images are free. Larger versions can be obtained for a fee.
  4. flickr – Includes images with all types of licenses. Some are free to use, some require attribution, some have all rights reserved, so be sure to check the license of each individual photo before use.
  5. wikipedia commons – 18 million images and counting…

What do you use images for?  Where do you get the images you use?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

4 Responses to “5 Sites that Provide Free Stock Images”

  1. These are all great sources (I've already checked them out.)! I hadn't yet heard of these sources so thanks for sharing the info.

  2. Thank you, Paul Steinbeck! Even though, for about a couple of months, I have used images (from MorgueFile or sometimes my own), I still don't get much engagement at either at my blogs, even my more established one. I let my readers know that I care about them, their comments and their feedback, but apparently not in a way that encourages them to interact.

    • PaulSteinbrueck Jan 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      I'm just getting familiar with MorgueFile myself, and it seems like another good place for free stock images.

      As for getting engagement on blogs, I think it's becoming more and more difficult as there are more blogs online to choose from and as social media seems to be taking some of the interaction away from blogs. My suggestion would be to go to where your target audience already is – comment on similar blogs and participate in groups related to the content of your blog. As you build relationships with people there, they will be more inclined to comment and discuss things with you on your blog.