The Best Places to Find Free Images for Your Blog

Adding images in blog posts makes them more engaging and attractive. Articles with images get 91% more views on average and one examination of popular blog posts found that the top-performing posts included one image every 300 words.

Statistics show that incorporating images into every blog post that you write attracts more users to your website. In this article, you will discover the best free (and legal!) image sources for your WordPress blog posts. Once you find the perfect image, you can then use a tool like Canva to further design your images and make them perfectly fit your blog.

Below are some of the best spots to find free pictures for your blog.

Pixabay

 

Pixabay is always my first stop when I’m looking for a specific image. All their images are CC0, so I know that I can freely use them. And their search feature makes it really easy to find exactly what I’m looking for.

Just keep two things in mind when using Pixabay:

  1. The first row of images is usually sponsored stock images. Don’t get excited if you see one you like, because it won’t be free. Everything after the first row of sponsored images is CC0 though.
  2. You need to register an account to download full resolution photos. This process is pretty painless, though. And there’s no money involved.

Unsplash

 

Unsplash is another one of my favorite image sources. It’s a completely different experience than Pixabay, though. It’s all about quality over quantity. You don’t have nearly as big of a selection as Pixabay, but every single image on Unsplash is gorgeous.

If you just need an eye-catching background image, you won’t go wrong with Unsplash. If you need to find a very specific image, Unsplash probably isn’t your best option.

Public Domain Pictures

 

Public Domain Pictures is another great option if you want access to a huge collection of images. I’m not sure exactly how many images they have in their database, but you can find lots of results for some pretty random queries, so I’d imagine it’s a large number.

The only area I think it falters is the interface. While totally usable, it’s not nearly as nice as Pixabay’s interface. And like other large collections, you’ll have to wade through some low-quality images to get to the good stuff.

Wikimedia Commons

 

If you’re willing to dig through the almost 34 million free images in Wikimedia Commons, you can find some absolute gems. While the images are well-tagged and categorized, the fact that there’s 34 million of them can still make it a bit overwhelming to find what you want.

Death to the Stock Photo

 

Death to the Stock Photo sends out monthly emails with brand spankin’ new images. I know you might find the requirement to enter your email slightly annoying, but I actually think it’s a nice feature. It ensures that the images are somewhat limited in distribution, which makes them less likely to be overused.

All Death to the Stock Photo’s images are beautiful, so you’re getting some amazing quality shots. The only downside is you don’t have control over what comes to your inbox, so you can never know for sure if you’ll be able to use their images.

They also offer a premium membership if you want even more image goodness.

PicJumbo

 

PicJumbo is a good jack-of-all-trades for images. You can search by tags, browse the latest images, or go for what’s popular. Unlike some of the bigger image searches, you don’t have to wade through many duds on PicJumbo. The images are good quality far more often than not.

You can also sign up for a newsletter to get alerted whenever they add new images. And they offer a premium plan which gives you access to even more images. The premium plan definitely isn’t a necessity to get value from the site, though.

Some of the images you find in your search results will come from the premium collection, so be aware that you won’t necessarily be able to use everything you see.

Google Images google-image

Not a lot of people know this, but you can actually use the advanced search options in Google Images to filter by usage rights.

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