Adding images to your blog posts (and social media posts, for that matter) can make your content more engaging and can encourage readers to share what you’ve written. Facebook posts are more likely to be clicked, Tweets are more likely to be retweeted, and content with images gets 94% more views than content alone.
It’s often difficult to find high quality (and free) images to use for your blog posts and other social sharing. Not every blogger has a budget for images and with tools like Canva, creating great visual assets for your blog is easier than it’s ever been. But finding those great images in the first place is still a big hurdle.
I ran across @dustin’s post about free stock photos recently and wanted to expand on his great list. Here are some of my favorite stock photo resources. Let me know if there are any I should add to the list:
Free — No Attribution Required
- Stock Up — Start here: Stock Up indexes several of the sites listed below so you can search a wealth of images in one place
- Little Visuals
- Skitter Photo
- Jay Mantri
- Life Of Pix
- Startup Stock Photos
- StockSnap (New 2/5/15)
- Pexels (New 2/5/15)
- Barn Images (New 3/14/15)
- Fancy Crave (New 6/19/15)
- SplitShire (New 6/24/15)
- Buckeylistly (New 7/9/15)
Free — No Restrictions Mentioned
The resources below all state they are Public Domain or that there are no restrictions on use, but I couldn’t find explicit licenses for them. These may or may not require attribution to use the photos.