A quality and engaging image can set the tone for your post, create excitement, and intrigue your readers enough so that they will read and share it. A photo can help convey what a post is about or a photo can be a post all in itself.
With the new Pinterest craze, images are key. If you don’t include one in your post (or via the Pin It Button) a person may go to pin your article but only have sidebar images to grab from, making your pin potential exponentially less.
Images are also more likely to get a post shared on Facebook. You can take a photo and add a cool quote to it using a free tool such as picmonkey.com and it can go viral.
So, where can you find good images without spending a ton of money or even get them free? Read below to find three resources, including one we like to call, the mac daddy of free photos for bloggers.
Places to Find Photos For Your Blog
“Photo Pin is a free tool that helps bloggers and designers find beautiful photos for blogs and websites using Creative Commons licensing.” -photopin.com
At photopin.com most photos are of great quality and the site is extremely user-friendly. You can pop in a keyword to search for the perfect blog post photo. You are able to use them as long as you give credit (see the bottom of this post for an example). The really cool thing is that they give you the attribution html code to pop into your post, making giving credit easy.
Free Digital Photos offers a library of photos and drawings or sketches. They have tight rules on how to credit the source or for a low fee you can use the photo without attribution. The photos are more commercial than abstract and in order to get a larger photo you do need to buy it, but this is another great resource for when you are doing a little DIY marketing.
foter.com is the mac daddy of free photos, especially for bloggers who use WordPress. It offers quality photos, both abstract and commercial, for free.
Then foter.com takes it up a notch by giving you the option to download the photo in a few different sizes or click on “add it your blog” and it let’s you change the size of the photo, align it and then get a code so you can just plop it all into your blog post.
Even cooler? foter.com has a plugin for WordPress users (hence the “mac daddy title).
Once you download the plugin you will see an option to search foter.com when drafting a post, located next to the upload a photo button. It then automatically adds the attribution in a frame below the photo. The styling is nice and unobtrusive and the ease of use is second to none.
Do you have another free photo tool that you can share with us? Leave a comment below!