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10th October 2016

Do you ever take images from 'Google Images' and use them on your blog or website? Well, there's a reasonable chance you're breaking the law. You need to be using images that you have permission to use.

If you want to know how to find the images using Google Image Search, then you can check out this article here.

More experienced website owners and bloggers already know that you can't just take someone else's images. I've put this list together to help bloggers find free images for use on their blogs. If you know any more, please let me know in the comments below!

  1. Pexels.com

    A wonderful free resource, with all pictures under the CC0 license. This means that you can use, edit and distribute the photos in any way, for personal or commercial use - without accreditation. This means that you don't have to attribute the original source.

  2. Unsplash.com

    Unsplash hosts thousands of user-submitted made available for free and under the Creative Commons Zero license. This means that you can copy, modify, distribute, and use the photos for free, including for commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash (although you are encouraged to do this if you like). No need to sign-up either.

    Since images of kittens are amongst the most popular things on the internet, I thought I'd see what Unsplash had to offer:

    Kitten from Unsplash.com

    And, here is nice picture of Dingle found by searching for 'Ireland':

    Dingle Bay from Unsplash.com
  3. Getty Images

    In March 2014, Getty announced that they were allowing use of their images, provided they were embedded and for what they call 'Non Commercial Use'. Embedded means you can't right-click and save the image, and then upload it - you have to take the code that Getty provide. This gives them a link back to their site, and you get to use the image for free. Regarding the 'Non Commercial Use', Getty are terming 'Commercial Use' as advertising, promotions or merchandising. The good news is that you can use these images for blogs, even if you have Google Ads on them. If you want an image for promotion, then you have to buy it.

    There are actually over 50 million images on Getty that you can use - which maybe means you can stop reading this list here - the range is HUGE! More information on embedding here.

    just for demonstration, I here are some images I found:

    Beyonce

    #145299927 / gettyimages.com
    Ireland Rugby

    #128781475 / gettyimages.com
    Tomato on a Stick

    #89610132 / gettyimages.com

    Summary: There's a wealth of images there that you can use.

    Visit Getty Images.

  4. Death to the Stock Photo

    The disadvantage with the Getty Images above is that they have quite noticable branding on the bottom of each image PLUS you can't edit the images as you please. Death to the Stock Photo was started up by two photographers in Ohio, and they email aboute ten free images every month when you sign up to their newsletter. The quality of the images are really good, and are usually business/entrepeneur orientated.

    Here's an example, I don't even have to attribute it if I don't want to. Really the only thing I can't do, is claim it's my own or try to sell it. (Full Terms and Conditions are here). The images are even large enough to print. Win.

    Death to Stock Photo Example

    Isn't that cool!

    Visit Death to the Stock Photo.

  5. Subtle Patterns

    For textured, seemless backgrounds, subtlepatterns.com is great. If you use any of the images, you must attribute - however you can modify for your own use.

    For example:

    Seemless wood background from SubtlePatterns.com

    Image credit: Made by Atle Mo.

    and

    Seemless bird background from SubtlePatterns.com

    Image credit: Made by Pete Fecteau.

    Visit Subtle Patterns.

  6. Albumarium

    At Albumarium, you can get images that are large enough to print small sizes. This site tends to have quirkier kinds of images, with an albums on Moon, Skateboards and Elephants. However they do have more generic albums like Cities, Love and Animals, and this might be the perfect site to get some really top-quality images. You don't have to attribute, but, of course, that would be a nice thing to do!

    This is one from their 'Retro' album:

    Retro image from Albumarium

    Image credit:Albumarium.

    And here's one from their 'Architecture' album:

    Architecture image from Albumarium

    Image credit:Albumarium.

    Visit Albumarium.

  7. Pixabay

    I'm adding in Pixabay, because I'm finding myself using it more and more this year. By now, it has some seriously good images. You don't need to sign-up to download. Images are free of use and free from copyrights. You can use the images for commercial work, and edit them as you please.

    Here I've done a search for 'Chilli Con Carne', this is just one image that came up:

    Chilli con Carne Image from Pixabay

    And, here is one of the images from the search 'Christmas Tree':

    Christmas Tree
Hi, I'm Dorcas. I make websites. I lecture in Digital Marketing and related in the UCD Smurfit School. I do consultancy. I do talks. I've written a book on WordPress (available here).

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