I sent out a small freebie a few days ago. They were stock photos taken by a photographer I’m going to be working with to create bundles of PLR images. I also included link to this survey where I asked about what types of images you used and where you normally got them.
While most of you said you bought them or took your own pictures, I was surprised by how many answered that you got them from Google Images!
I know none of you would be doing this if you knew it was illegal because if you follow me that’s probably not the type of person you are, or maybe you just don’t think anyone will notice. Either way… it’s time I let you in on this…
When you simply go search on Google Images, find a picture you like, and use it on your blog you are STEALING. It’s no different than going and searching for a blog post on email marketing, copy/pasting it, and posting it on your blog. That image belongs to someone and not only can the owner of that image file a DMCA notice to your hosting (which could get your site shut down) but some sites and image owners are suing for huge amounts! Getty Images in particular is known for suing for thousands of dollars for each image that’s stolen.
I should also mention that simply linking to where you got the image doesn’t make it okay to use in most cases. I’ve seen a lot of people link to the source of their image and when I click over the image is copyright protected.
Tomorrow I plan to post up a list of places to buy images for a fair price and a few places I use for free images. For now, here is the main site I use:
They have a lot of images available and it’s the lowest priced stock photo site out of the high quality sites I use. The extra small images are big enough for pretty much everything I do. They also have a membership you can sign up for to get a few images a day.
How to Use Google Images the RIGHT Way
Now, I honestly think it’s almost always better to use professional stock photos, they look nice and you can find a huge variety, but I know that’s not always possible. You CAN use Google Images to find pictures it’s okay to use.
You need to get into the advanced options. You can do this by searching for anything on Google images and clicking the gear to the right of the Safe Search button. Pick “Advanced Search”.
At the bottom there is a “Usage Rights” option. Pick “free to use or share, even commercially” if you plan to use it as is. If you plan to edit it in any way (including adding text or cropping it) choose “free to use, share, or modify, even commercially” and search to see your options!
What is your favorite place to get images?