ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Best Websites for Free Stock Images for Blogs

Updated on December 4, 2016

The Importance of Images

When it comes to writing content for your blog or website, quality should always be the number one goal. The content you write should leave readers craving more, and if your style is unique and has an identity, you’re on the right track. However, if you want your content to truly capture your reader’s attention, you need to make sure you deliver an entire package and experience. A critical component of ensuring your blog or website is successful comes down to image selection.

The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is sometimes true in the world of blogging. To make your webpage more visually appealing (and also search engine friendly!) it is important to include high quality images. This Hub will go over some of the best methods and websites you can use to include high quality images in your blog postings.

Using Google Images

My other Hub “How to Create a Professional Facebook Page” has already gone over the method of using Google Images to find royalty free images, but the process is very simple! Simply go to Google Images, select search tools, and then under usage rights select labeled for reuse. This filter makes it so any search you make will only return images that are free for public use (so you can include these on your blog!)

Pixbay

Pixbay truly is my favorite image site for finding free high quality photos for blog use. The website has a great search function, and many useful filters to help you find the perfect image to add alongside your content. Many websites don't have search bars whatsoever (this is a surprise to me as well), so Pixbay is always a great option if you want to save time and avoid scrolling through image archives or folders.

Gratisography

Gratisography is full of high resolution, artistic images that are very useful if you’re looking for more creative images for your content and want to avoid the traditional stock photo appearance. Definitely bookmark this one!

Free Images

Freeimages has an extensive yet impressive archive of thousands of images that are free for public use. There are many categories of image types, including popular topics such as health, nature, animals, and cars! It doesn't really get more simple than looking through this website for the right image for your blog or website.

New Old Stock

New Old Stock, or nos, is another personal favorite of mine. NOS is essentially a collection of older photos that have been collected from government websites, archives, or estate sales. If antique photos are you thing, definitely check this website out. This website is also very useful for articles or blogs that have an interest in historical writing as the older style images will pair well with the content and help add an authentic feeling.

The Public Domain Archive

The Public Domain Archive is another superb free image website I use for my blog postings whenever I get a chance. The website doesn’t have a search function, though the “weekly image collection” is always worth taking a look at. I've found this website also has a very good selection of nature photos, so this may be more relevant to those nature/travel writers out there!

Additional Blogging Tips

Aside from using these great websites, I would also recommend starting an image folder on your computer where you can save images that are free for public use if you happen to stumble across them when browsing the web. You might not need a photo immediately, but beginning to build your own photo archive with free high resolution images is useful. You’ll thank yourself later when it comes time to add images to your blog content.

Also, don't be afraid to snap your own photos and upload them to the web! Even if your camera isn't incredibly high in quality, with the right lighting or photo editing tools most photos can become suitable additions to your next blog posting.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to share this Hub with someone you know who could use some tips of image selection!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • maxravi profile image

      Ravi Singh 

      23 months ago from India

      Pixabay is my favourite and almost 99%, I got my images from it. Thank you for the useful hub.

    • calvinaustins profile image

      Calvin 

      2 years ago from UK

      Very useful content.. keep sharing..

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)