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How to Find Free Photos for your webpage

Updated on September 6, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

Building a website or Hub that is a pleasure to look at.

Many of us start out not really knowing where to find the very tools we need to build beautiful hubpages or websites elsewhere on the internet.

You have a dream!

We have a dream, we have that vision for that very unique and special hub or website that will entice hundreds of visitors to it daily. How do you make that dream turn into a reality.

What does your page need to grab their attention?

Photos!

The Dance

Think of your webpage as a beautiful dance between you, the writer and creator of the content and your audience, the reader and end user. A dance should be done with a certain grace and ease. There should never be any awkwardness felt by either party. Both dancers should feel the excitement as they move together, and leave them breathless with hearts beating, a feeling of being alive at the end of the dance. Always grateful to have danced together, and hoping to someday dance again.

So how do you build a hub or website that will excite your passion, as well as your readers?

Read on and we will begin the journey my friend...

The Journey

You begin your journey of building your hubpage or website with an attention grabber. An amazing photo that begins your story and leaves them wondering what else is out there (on your page) where is this leading them, what other wonders lie in the paragraphs below.

A photo placed with each module is the attention grabber. You can allure readers to your material if each of your modules has all of the following;

1. Your module must be Visually Appealing enough to grab your readers attention. You need to convince your readers that this sight is worth not only visiting but hanging around a little bit, to learn something new, enjoy a good story, share someones life.

2. It must have unique content - no copying and pasting should be done.

3. The very first paragraph should be so captivating that your reader will want to know more.

4. The entire content of your page should be full of great content. Don't let your audience (the readers) down. Quality hubs and websites will pay for themselves with great traffic and royalties resulting from that traffic.

So let's just recap:

Your Photo's will be an instant attention grabber.

The first paragraph of every module should leave your reader wanting more, and the content should satisfy their curiosity, and leave your audience feeling like visiting was worth their time.

So where do you find Great Photographs?

1. One choice is to use your own photo's

The Grand Canyon

Photograph by Linda Hoxie

Use your own Photos

Some of us have access to some amazing photographs of our own. As you build your lens and you wind through the river of ideas you have for each module, if you have photo's you have taken available you can look through them and see if any will work for what you are wanting to use them for.

If you want tips on taking great photos, take a look at Photography is an Art.

There is one thing that you may want to consider doing if you use your own photographs.

If you want to be the only one using your photo on the web, you can add a copyright and reserve all rights to the photo.

Sunset at Porto Covo, west coast of Portugal.

Photo credit: (Alvesgaspar, public domain, wikipedia commons)

Public Domain

If you find photos on public domain to use for your website like the breathtaking photo of the above sunset that I found on wikipedia, be sure to always credit the author and the website that you found it on.

The one downfall in using these photos that have been posted on public domain is the fact that they are used by many different people and are not unique.

But honestly in finding the above photo, I just had to share it with you. Unique or not, isn't it absolutely beautiful!

Photo by Photo credit: Ancient Limestone Formations by Daily Venture

The Artist or Photographer themselves

When you find a photo you would like to use that was taken by another, why not see if you can get permission from that photographer to use their photo on your website.

Many artist and photographers are flattered and proud of their work and love the opportunity to get more exposure. Many of them will allow you to use their work with a link back to their webpage and credit.

For example I used many of Daily Venture's free photos on my My Bucket List hub. They allow you to use their photos with a backlink to their website. It helps both parties, they get more traffic to their website and you get the honor of using their fantastic photos, the people that visit your website get to enjoy these photo's, your content and perhaps even venture over to another great website. It is a win win situation for everyone involved.

Ahh...there is the dance again!

Attribute, label and display copyrights

You should always Attribute, label and display copyrights.  The above photo copyright by Photographer, Linda Hoxie
You should always Attribute, label and display copyrights. The above photo copyright by Photographer, Linda Hoxie | Source

In conclusion

Now you know what you need to about finding great photos for your Hubs or website...

If you build it, they will come.

Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I really appreciate you! Please drop a note below so that I know you were here.

Thank you,

Linda

© 2009 Linda Hoxie

Thank you! - Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      Thanks for the resources and ideas :)

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      [in reply to jaye3000] You are very welcome jaye, I'm happy to know that it is useful!

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      oneskms 8 years ago

      Great resource lens. 5* and favourite to come back to......thanks

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      [in reply to oneskms] Thanks so much for stopping by, and for bookmarking it!

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens. Useful advice

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Beautiful!!! 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very imaginitive lens but full of good tips. Blessed by an Angel!

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      [in reply to aj2008, Intuitive, AndyPo]

      Thank you all so much, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and visit my lens.

      AJ, your the best, thank you so much for your angelic blessing, you truly are an angel!

      Linda

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Beautiful photos! I'm featuring this on the Image & Video Mentor lens now.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very good job of using the pictures to enhance your narration (or vice versa). Great tips, too!

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 8 years ago

      Thanks for all the help! I love those photos you used, they are GORGEOUS! See you on Tagfoot

      5 stars

      Li Li

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Very sound and helpful information. ***** and Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you LiLi, Susan and LindaJ,

      I really appreciate you stopping by!

      Linda [in reply to Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm]

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you Rajays, you truly are an Angel! :-) [in reply to Rajays]

      Sandy, I really appreciate the lensroll too!

      Best to both of you,

      Linda

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Beautiful and informative. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Thrice Blessed, thank you so very much Paula, what an angel you are! [in reply to lakeerieartists]

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful, as usual, very deserving of three blessings and more.

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      A RovingReporter 8 years ago

      When I need pictures I will certainly turn to this lens for help.*****

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      Webcodes LM 8 years ago

      Good information 5*. I knew about allposters but I definitely gotta try to integrate them more into my lenses.

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      patbham 8 years ago

      Love this I put this in my Favorites so i can go back to it and learn as i come to different situation's.

      Thanks,

      patbham

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      [in reply to nightbear] Thank you Susan! :-)

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      [in reply to patbham, webcode, and A_RovingReporter ]

      Thank you all so much, I am so happy people are finding it useful!

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      sukkran trichy 8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      great lens with useful tips. 5* for this great work.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens and photo's and I also learnt something

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      TerriLorah 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips! 5***** for you.

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      Well done. I like your photo of the Grand Canyon too!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      That a fantastic canyon photo! Great info here.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I'm always looking for new pictures. I use my own but a lot of them came from Wikipedia.

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I came back for another look at this great lens. I have come to the conclusion that it is much better to use your own even if they are amateur rather than the rigmarole of trying to get permission etc., sometimes though your own are not enough. Still need to look into commons more.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Linda, this is beautiful, love the photos that you used, very appealing to the eyes.

      Thanks for sharing the information too. I really should do All Posters on lenses, they

      add so much and I'd love to make a sale now and them...

      Thanks!

      Susie

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      Theroosterguy0008 7 years ago

      Excellent one.

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      Julia Wildman 7 years ago

      A great lens, and wonderful pictures. 5*'s from me :)

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      Julia Wildman 7 years ago

      A great lens, and wonderful pictures. 5*'s from me :)

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      Camden1 7 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestions! Wish I had the skills to use my own photos....or maybe I wish I had interesting photo opportunities!

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Excellent tips and information here. Nice Job!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Great idea regarding Flickr! Thanks.

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