The Easiest Places to Get Free Images For Your Blog

Blogs without images are boring. Adding images make your posts easier to read, help you make your point, and allow you to pin your posts to Pinterest. We recently discussed why you shouldn’t use Google images to get your images.

The best option is almost always to buy stock photos from a site like DepositPhotos, but I know that’s not always possible, especially when you’re first getting started online.

polaroid2I’ve come across quite a few sites where you can get images with a creative commons license. That means you can use their images as long as you follow their terms, which are normally simply to link back to the source. The issue with these is that if the image is pinned to Pinterest you’re breaking those rules because the link to their site isn’t included on the pin. Instead I prefer to use public domain images. They can be modified if you wish and don’t require any attribution.

Here is my favorite site for finding them:

MorgueFile

It’s really easy to use. You search for your keyword and look through the images to find what will work for your needs.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, try Public Domain Photos as well.

Tomorrow I’ll talk more about creative commons photos. They can be a great option in some situations so I don’t want to leave them out!

Have you ever used public domain images?

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  1. Hi Amanda- Thanks for the tips! I’ll try it. I currently use 123rf.com. I’m always look for unique images with a spiritual flare. xo Dana
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  2. I haven’t used public domain images up to now-only my own photos. I’ve been concerned about not doing it right and getting into some kind of trouble. I pinned your post to my Blogging Pinterest board because there are a lot of situations where I would love to insert an image. I’ll have this information handy now. Thank you!
    Alana (@RamblinGarden) recently posted..The Five Best Apps That Don’t ExistMy Profile

  3. Thank you for enlightening me on photos that are legal to use and those that aren’t. I will be more cautious on my blog!
    Dayna Camp recently posted..One Cool Dude! David’s Dystonia StoryMy Profile

    • It’s well worth using legal images! Lawsuits for image theft are getting more and more common; many people are being sued for thousands of dollars per image.

  4. I have a list around here somewhere that is a big long, but it gives more options. I’ll try to find it and post about it tomorrow.
    Bonnie Gean recently posted..Are You Stealing Images from Google?My Profile

  5. When I read your post yesterday, I was going to leave a comment and mention Morgue File. Glad to see you brought it up today. I have a regular mom blog that gets lots of guest post offers. So Morgue File is my go-to spot for images for guest posts, because I don’t want to spend any money on stock photos for those types of posts.
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  6. This is a wonderful resource! I have worked very hard to make sure I follow the rules for using images and this is a great place to find more. I popped over and checked it out briefly, but look forward to really checking it out! Thanks for the awesome information!
    Arla DeField – SayingNoWithoutFeelingGuilty.com recently posted..NO!  NO!  NO!  NO!  NO!  – Practice Your NO!My Profile

  7. Hi Amanda,

    I appreciate your post. I’ve used Morgue File for a while now and can’t believe people are still using Google images freely <- thinking it's a free-for-all. I warn others when I can. Intellectual property law is real, and it's only a matter of time until the offenders are caught.

    I enjoy your blog! 🙂

    – Carol
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  8. Thanks for this Amanda. I’ve started using Pixabay these days plus the CC on Flickr.
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