12 Places to Find Free Images for Your Website

Increase Traffic and Profits with Great Free Images

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There was a time you could get away with providing text-only content on your website. Today, pictures are not only worth a thousand words, they can also increase traffic and income. Graphics attract readers and add appeal to your website and social media posts. The problem is getting high quality photos at an affordable price.

One option is to take your own photos or create your own graphics, but that is time consuming and requires you know something about photography and graphic design.

Fortunately, many free and affordable image resources are available. Here are 12 resources for finding images that you can use on your blog or other resources.

1) Bing Image Search

Bing is a search engine, and like Google, you can use it to search images. The problem with using a search engine to find images is locating those that you can use without copyright infringement. Bing helps with this by allowing you to filter for images that are free to use. Use your image keyword to search Bing, then select Images from the top menu of your results. Just above the images, you'll see a menu where you can select image size and other attributes including License. Select the License option and you'll get a drop down menu where you can choose from several free options. If you're using the image for your business, choose one that allows for commercial use. Be sure to research the terms of use for the image.

You'll notice a "i" on the lower right of the photos you pick that will provide you with links to copyright information. 

2) Canva

Canva not only offers free and paid graphics, but also, an online editing service so you can create blog and social media graphics, book covers, and more. If you don't like Canva's graphic options, you can upload your own.

 Canva's Design School has a list of 74 other free stock photo sites to help you find the right photo.

3) Dreamstime.com

Dreamstime offers over 26 million free and paid photos. You need to create an account before using photos, but registration is free. Read all terms and conditions for using free and paid photos.

4) Flickr.com

Flickr.com started as a digital source to store photos, but many photographers have made their photos available for free under a creative commons license. You need to read the terms of use for each photo as the owners will have varying requirements or restrictions. For example, some cannot be used for commercial purposes. Many photos will ask for attribution, whereby you provide information about the photo’s owner. On occasion, the owner also asks that you let him/her know where you’ve used the photo. You can visit Flickr’s creative common information page for details and photos.

5) FreeDigitalPhotos.net

FreeDigitalPhotos.net offers free and paid photos for personal and business purposes. If you use free photos, you’ll need to provide attribution to the photo’s owner.  

6) FreeImages.com

FreeImages.com was created as an alternative to more expensive stock photo sites.

You’ll find over 350,000 photos in many categories that you can use on your website, book covers and more. Be sure to read the terms of service carefully, as there are restrictions as to how and where you can use graphics, and in some cases you need to ask the photograph’s owner for permission to use the image.  

7) FreeMediaGoo.com

FreeMediaGoo.com offers free photos, including backgrounds and textures that you can use for personal or commercial purposes. There aren’t as many photos as on other sites, but there aren’t any hoops to jump through or extensive restrictions to use them either.

8) FreePhotoBank.com

FreePhotoBank.com has a variety of free-to use photos in several categories, that you can download as jpeg or zip file.

9) FreeRangeStock.com

FreeRangeStock.com provides many photos for free, using ad revenue to support the site and it’s photographers.

 You need to become a member to use photos, but registration is free.

10) Pixabay.com

Pixabay.com offers free royalty-free images, vectors and art illustrations that don’t require attribution for your personal or commercial digital content (i.e. websites) or print items. There are over 250,000 photos is a variety of categories. There are a few limitations and restrictions, so read the terms of service carefully.

11) Unsplash.com

Unsplash.com offers free to use creative commons graphics that you can copy, modify and distribute for personal or commercial purposes. Permission and attribution are not required. The site provides ten new photos every ten days. They are good quality and diverse, but they aren’t searchable or organized. You can click the “grid” option just above the first photo to see the photos in a grid.

12) WikimediaCommons

WikimediaCommons has over 23 million photos you can use submitted by photographers all over the world. They are offered under a creative commons license, but be sure to read each photo’s requirements before using. Like Flickr, each photo will have its own rules for use.

Most of these resources allow you to manipulate photos such as resizing or adding text, but again read the terms of use before modifying images. You can use a free image editing software, such as GIMP to make changes to your photos to use on your website or other resource. Canva and PicMonkey offer easy to use online photo editing as well.