A picture is a poem without words -Horace
Poems make us feel good, they make a big impression on us. And so do the images.
A good picture can easily make you read whole article or at least get interested in it.
Images are very important for every blog. And they are also essential for HEO.
However, finding an image that matches the article is not an easy thing. You have to a lot of searching to find a image that is:
- Allowed for commercial use.
- Matching to article.
- Good looking.
Why Should I Spend That Much Time ...
"When I can easily search Google Images and paste first one in my article."
That is one question that surely came to your mind.
I know this because many people follow it and in the beginning, even I used this method.
But the problem is that it is illegal. Not always but most of the times, you will find pictures that are copyrighted and not intended to be used without permission. This is illegal use and you can be sued for it (in extreme case).
So, it is best to stay clear of copy-pasting.
Where To Find Images Then?
That's what this article is about.
You can find great images for your blog on stock photography sites or search engines. I have categorized the sources into free and paid.
- Google: Yes, I just said no to this method just a few lines above. However, there's a small feature that you can use to find licensed images. In Google Image Search, go to Advanced Search and change the value of usage drop-down menu to desired option.
- Flickr: Flickr is a good source of free images. You can find Creative Commons licensed images easily and use them for your posts. Most of these require an attribution link which you can easily give at the end of the posts.
- stock.xchng: Stock Exchange is one of the best free stock photography sites where you can easily find high quality stock photos for free.
- Wikimedia Commons: Wikimedia Commons has a good collection of images that are in public domain and can be used in blog posts.
- Apture: Apture searches for pictures in different sources like Flickr and Wikimedia Commons and shows licensed ones that you can use without any worries.
Premium Image Sources
- iStockPhoto: iStockPhoto is one of the best quality and cost effective stock image site. It has a large collection of photos and illustrations and there are weekly free photos which you can download if you are a member. The image used in this post is also from iStockPhoto.
- Fotolia: Fotolia is another good site where you can purchase stock photos for low price.
These were the sites and services where you can find great pictures.
Where do you find your post images? Do not forget to share in comments.