Having great images improves the look of your blog and can help increase reader engagement. But it can be difficult and expensive to get the images you need. Don’t grab images off someone else’s site–that is asking for trouble. There are lots of sites that have great images for you to use at little or no cost. Let’s start with no cost, shall we?
The sites listed here have free images for your blog. Always read the license terms before using an image, even on these sites.
FreeImages.com – Like the name says, this site has lots of free images. They also offer premium images, but there is a good chance you will find something you can use among their nearly 400,000 free images.
Pixabay – All of the 660,000 images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may use them for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
Unsplash – Unsplash has some incredibly beautiful, artistic photos. All of them are available to use as you wish under a CC0 license, with no attribution required. They have added a search function so it is a little easier to find what you want here. They will also send you 10 new photos weekly when you sign up for their email list.
BudgetStockPhoto.com – This site allows you to search more than 320 stock image sites, including both free and paid images.
SplitShire – contains images by photographer Daniel Nanescu. High-res images are available for use in personal and commercial projects.
MorgueFile – Lots of images here. The license requires that when you use a photo you must either modify it or credit the photographer.
Dreamstime – Big searchable collection of quality free images. Note that the license for free downloads limits you to 10,000 physical copies (if you use the picture in a book or other print media), but you can upgrade the license if need be.
Pexels – All images are licensed under a Creative Commons CC0 license. That means they can be used for free in both personal and commercial projects, without attribution.
Stock Free Images – More than 1.5 million photos. Note that the license for free downloads limits you to 10,000 physical copies (if you use the picture in a book or other print media), but you can upgrade the license if need be.
Picography – Free photos to use “however you like.”