50 Free image websites for your blog
If you’re trying to do more blogging to drive visits to your website (and you should be doing this!), you should also know that adding images greatly increases the time that someone stays on your site by reading your material. Images grab the readers attention, and often convey thoughts that hundreds of words wouldn’t be able to: a picture is worth a thousand words. In writing a blog, you don’t want to overwhelm your reader with words.
I know that might sound counter intuitive, but it’s true. The more words on the screen, the more likely the visitor is to get frustrated or exhausted about thinking of all of that reading. Don’t get me wrong. Words are good. Very good.
I’ve written several books so I like words. But when it comes to a blog post, your visitor is typically there to find a piece of quick information, not enjoy a several hundred page book. This means that you have to tell your visitor that you have what he or she is looking for, and give it to them before they lose interest and leave.
I’m a father of a toddler, and I’m finding that keeping her attention is much the same as keeping a blog post reader’s attention. Visual stimulation goes a long way.
Would you rather watch a Youtube video about some stupid stunt gone wrong, or read about it? The answer is obvious.
Unfortunately if you’re going to blog for your business, you need to be careful about what pictures you use. Online content can be copyrighted, and if it is you don’t want to use it without permission. That is especially true about images. There are folks out there that put a lot of time and effort into creating those images and it’s important that we only use those images that they’re creators want used.
So, here is a list of 50 free image websites for your blog according to Wishpond.com, and while most will ask you to join them and many offer paid pics as well, they’re all worth looking into. Check them out and use them! Your toddler, I mean reader, will pay closer attention to you when you do.
50 Free Image Websites for your Blog
- Death to Stock Photo
- CG Textures
- Flickr Creative Commons
- The Pattern Library
- Hubspot Icons
- New Old Stock
- ISO Republic
- Crow the Stone
- Smithsonian on Flickr
- Free Nature Stock
- Free Stock Image Point
- Jay Mantri
- Foodies Feed
- Little Visuals
- Lock & Stock Photography
- Every Stock Photo
- New Old Stock
- Photo Everywhere
- Free Range Stock
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