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How to Find Blog Post Images

by Adrienne Smith on February 2, 2011

How to Find Blog Post ImagesI love to include images in my posts.  I don’t know, I think there is just something about seeing images that pertain to the content that gets me interested in reading more.

When I’m on Google searching for a particular topic, if I see an image that stands out for me, I’ll click on that content and read that above all the rest.  Just because that image got my attention.

But some people seem to think that images take away from the content itself.  To me, if the content is awesome then that speaks for itself.  No amount of images in your post will ever take away from that.

Others complaints have been that by having too many images on your blog it can slow your computer down quite a bit and that is a valid concern.  But I have a resolution for you if that is the only reason you have not been including images up until now.

By installing the WP Smush.It plug-in, it will automatically reduce your image files.  This will help significantly by improving your blog performance.  Just go to your “Add New” plugins and type in Smush.It or, click on the link above and it will take you directly to their download page.

So we know now that I like to add images to my blog posts whether they are serious or funny.  I think it just adds something to your blog altogether.

I think the old saying of “a picture is worth a thousand words” has been around forever for a reason.  We are a visual society and we like to look at photos, videos, art, you name it.  So why not include images in your posts!

One thing you need to be cautious about when adding images to your content is that you aren’t grabbing any photos that have been copyrighted.  That can definitely get you into a whole lot of trouble.

For instance, what most people do is head over to Google and click on images.  From there they will do a keyword search on that particular topic they are writing about and see what kind of images come up.  They find the image they like, copy it and include it on their site.  Now, there isn’t anything wrong with this IF the photo isn’t copyrighted so be sure and do further research before moving forward.

I’m guilty of having just grabbed photos in the past without doing any further research.  I do claim ignorance on my part but hey, I will continue to learn something new every single day probably for the rest of my life.  At least I learned which is why I wanted to share this with you.

I have located several sites that offer free royalty free photos.  That means no copyrighting issues at all.  Now there are plenty of others sites I’m sure and also plenty of sites that do charge you a small fee.  But as another old saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Here is a list that might be of some help to you that I have been locating images on for quite some time now.  I’m sure there are plenty others ones available so if anyone would like to add to this list, be sure to leave me a comment.  Now these are not in any particular order but will give you a pretty good start of locating some good photos you can use in the future.

Free Digital Photos
Public Domain Pictures
Morgue File
Free Images
Stock Vault
Picsearch
Pixsy
I Can Has Cheezburger
Funny Sign

Now remember, if you have any you would like to add to this list, be sure to leave me a comment so that others can find some great images to include in their content as well.  That’s what we are all here for, to help each other right!

Okay guy, happy photo hunting!!!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sheila Atwood
Twitter:
February 2, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Adrienne,

This really is a great list. Most of these I have not heard of before. I have added them to my resources.

Since you asked here are a couple I like to use.

http://www.public-domain-photos.com/
http://www.wpclipart.com/

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2 Adrienne
Twitter:
February 2, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Hi Sheila,

Thanks for the additions to this list. Gosh, even more to choose from now. That’s awesome.

I really appreciate you stopping by and glad you found this list helpful. Thanks again for your input. Will add those 2 sites to my collection as well.

Have a wonderful afternoon,

Adrienne

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3 Brankica
Twitter:
February 2, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I am always on the lookout for some cool images for several of my sites so this will really come in handy.

I use Morgue file a lot and can guarantee that everyone can find some great photos there :) Thanks for the list, cause I haven’t used the other ones before.

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4 Adrienne
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February 2, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I am too Brankica which is why I’m always on the lookout for more photos sites. I’ve found some really great ones on Morgue as well. Sometimes I want funny, sometimes I want serious so it’s nice to have a variety of sites to choose from. Glad this list helped and thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated.

Adrienne

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5 Dana February 2, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I also love to put an image in each of my blog post. It is true that a big file size image will slow our blog so it needs to reduce the file size for sure. So far, I use IrfanView to reduce the image file size manually.

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6 Adrienne
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February 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Thanks Dan, I’m agree with you there. Appreciate you sharing with us what you use to reduce your file size. Great way to learn what people are using and how it’s helping.

Adrienne

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7 Cindy Bidar February 3, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Great list, Adrienne. As far as I’m concerned, no blog post is complete without at least one image. Plus, my theme (Thesis) pulls a thumbnail for use on the archives and category pages, which I think it important. Otherwise your pages are just boring blocks of text. Yuck!

I like to use Flickr for my photos, and found a great site that searches for only those images with creative commons licensing. You can even set it to only find those images specifically tagged for commercial use. It’s pretty handy. You can find it at http://www.compfight.com/. I’m not affiliated, just a fan.

Thanks for the list – I’ll be checking some of these out as well.
Cindy

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8 Adrienne
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February 3, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Thanks Cindy, I appreciate that. I’m with you… I don’t think a blog post is complete without at least one image. Thesis is a great theme too.

Thanks for the tip on the other site. Love finding new sites to pick through and I appreciate you sharing this one with us.

Adrienne

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9 Brankica
Twitter:
February 4, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I have an additional question.

I can’t see anywhere permission to use for example these two sites – I Can Has Cheezburger and Funny Sign.

So how do you use those photos, when that would be copyright problem?

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10 Adrienne
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February 4, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Hey Brankica,

If you go to the bottom of the page on Cheezburger and look at their Terms of Service, it states that you can use their images with their permission on your site. Funny Site did have the same verbiage but I’m unable to locate it now. Looks like they have changed up their site some. Not sure what’s up with that.

Hope that helped.

Adrienne

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11 Riley Harrison February 20, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Now that was a very useful blog! I haven’t been using pictures enough (know I should but been lazy). Thanks so much for some really good resources.

Riley

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12 Adrienne
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February 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Hey Riley,

I love using photos, I think they tell their own story a lot of times. Sometimes it’s hard to find good photos so glad I could help make your job a little easier. Thanks so much for stopping by and your comment is always appreciated.

Adrienne

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13 Martin July 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I guess a plugin is a fast way to reduce their size, but from my experience the best solution for quality over size is Photoshop. I’ve worked with a lot of image editing programs and Photoshop is by far the best one when it comes to saving images for the www. But you have to do it manually, not quite as easy as using a plugin.

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14 Adrienne Smith
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July 19, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Photoshop is more for editing images not locating them. I wanted to help people find out where to look for great images.

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15 Bob Lipply August 3, 2011 at 2:12 PM

It is advisable for a blogger to include images in his or her blog entries so as to attract more readers, and since there are people who are more into visuals.

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16 Adrienne Smith
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August 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

People do love pictures so if you can include one on every post, you will attract more people to your blog. Or so I’ve been told. But I know for sure I love looking at pictures. I also like to figure out if the picture fits the post or not. Some of them are kind of out thee wouldn’t you agree?

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17 Atish Ranjan
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August 10, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Images are integral part of any post. readers love to watch the images whether it is matching with the content or not. Thanks for listing the sites to find images for blog posts.

Thank you so much Adrienne!

~Atish Ranjan

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18 Adrienne
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August 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I think images make a post Atish because people are drawn to the photos first.

I know there are a lot more sites out there now but hopefully these are a good start.

Enjoy your weekend and you’re so very welcome.

~Adrienne

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19 Majharul Hossain April 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

I am very late to comment in this post. Sorry!

Beside this thanks for informing us such free sites to find images for blog posts. But here is a one confusion, is those images are copy right free?

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20 Adrienne
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April 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Hey Majharul,

Boy are you ever since this is an older post but no worries. You’re welcome any time.

Check out these sites and you’ll have to read their terms or service. Most want you to just acknowledge where you got the photo but each are different.

Thanks for your comment and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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21 Silviu
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April 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Well, there is a lot to dig in this blog. Full of useful information. This post with free photo sites is among the most interesting ones. Pictures and copyright: tough problem.

I used Google to find free pictures and I remember working for hours to find a safer one. Really free pictures are not too many on Google. I was disappointed. Now I don’t use Google anymore for this.

I still use Flickr when I need a picture fast but, usually, I search for videos on Youtube. It’s easier with videos. I use a curation plugin (PushButtonSEO) that finds only creative common license videos and I put them on my blog. Then I just extract a snapshot from that video (with Jing) and I have a new, fresh picture that is nowhere on the internet.

I’ll check the list with the photo sites to see which are still working and which not. One of them – Pixsy – seems to have already disappeared. Then I will try to compile a new list with the best ones.

It seems that there is a problem though. Royalty free doesn’t mean exactly free. I don’t know exactly the difference but I will find out.

One last thing: I re-size the pictures (the files) manually with Irfanview. I agree that Photoshop is best but Irfanview is free and it gives you good results.

Sorry for the length of my comment.

Silviu
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22 Adrienne
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April 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Hey Silviu,

I think a lot of people used Google in the beginning because we weren’t aware that those photos were probably copyrighted. Just one more thing we all had to learn while here.

There are plenty of free sites to use photos but you have to read what their guidelines are for using them so just stay within those and you should be fine.

This is an older post and some of these sites may have disappeared or changed their structure. That’s what happens as time goes by I’m afraid.

No problem at all and thank you for sharing that. Always appreciate more tips from my readers about what they use.

Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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