Finding free stock images for your blog posts isn’t as expensive or difficult as you think it might be. Even if you’re a proficient photographer, you will likely encounter a day when you need an image that you just don’t have handy. Fortunately, the tools you need are right at your fingertips!
Let’s start with photography.
Pixabay is my go-to resource for free images.
I love Pixabay. This website offers stunning free stock images on just about any subject imaginable. One of my favorite things about Pixabay’s free images is that it’s all offered under a Creative Commons CC0 license. You can use these images for almost any purpose without paying for them or attributing the creator. You can download them, modify them, and publish them on your website, social media and even in print!
There are a few exceptions, of course. You can’t use the images to suggest that the people or agencies in the photos endorse certain products. You also can’t use photos of identifiable people in ways they may find offensive unless they give their consent.
There are other sites that offer free stock images.
Although I favor Pixabay, you can find free stock images on other websites, too. Here are a few examples of other websites that offer free images under the Creative Commons CC0 license:
Make the most of these free images with free photo editors!
Millions of bloggers rely on stock photography for their websites. You can make yours stand out with free photo editors. There are a ton of fun things you can do with these images!
My favorite free online photo editor is PicMonkey.com. In all fairness, I should let you know that I love this service so much that I’ve had a premium subscription for quite a while. For just $7.99, you can score a Premium membership that unlocks all the special fonts, overlays and other features.
When I’m making memes, however, I also like to use Adobe Spark. This program doesn’t have as many features as Picmonkey but it does an excellent job of creating slick, professional-looking memes. Here’s one I made using a Pixabay image and the Adobe Spark post editor.
It took less than five minutes to create a simple shareable graphic for my website.
Be careful when you choose that featured image, though!
Except in very limited cases, it’s best to avoid putting text in the featured image for your blog post. Facebook has become somewhat fickle about sharing images with text in them. Including text directly on your featured image can result in reduced visibility on certain networks.
Since your featured image is shown by default when someone shares your content, use a textless image as your featured one. Feel free to include as many text-filled images in your copy as you would like. As a general rule, it’s best to have at least 150 words between each image, though.