Today I’m going to save you money – by giving you the solution to the rising cost of finding images for your content marketing. Using relevant stock images in every piece of content marketing is fast becoming the indisputable standard. On Facebook, posting without an image is like not posting at all. And Bloggers especially need images for each and every post. All these stock images can become quite expensive.
You are about to benefit from many hours of my time and tedious research. As a Blogger myself, I want to keep my costs down. Way down. I want free stock images. And I’m tired of hunting for the hidden “gotchas” such as the fine print which prohibits commercial use, or requires that I include an attribution link back to the source of the “Royalty-free” photo in the public domain. It’s not that I mind giving credit, it’s just that it takes so much more of my precious time.
List of Public Domain, Commercial Use, Quality, No Attribution, Free Stock Photo Sites
So I’ve drilled down to a list of TEN stock photo sites with images that are:
- public domain,
- ok’d for commercial use,
- high quality, and
- don’t require attribution!
Drum roll, please!
Keep this list of links in your ‘Blog ideas’ or ‘articles to write’ file:
- http://freerangestock.com/ (attribution requested but not required)
- http://www.pdphoto.org/ (attribution requested but not required)
- http://pixabay.com/en/photos/ (attribution requested but not required)
Attention Marketing – there’s a similar site for free stock clip art, too:
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in any of those links, try this search engine for free photos:
www.everystockphoto.com is a search engine for free photos that come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.
Not free, but in my opinion this is the most cost-effective paid stock photo site – at this time: http://www.123RF.com. When purchased in bulk, they come down to a mere $.89 per image. Can’t beat that!
PS – The image I used in this post came from openclipart.org
Do you have other sites to add to this list? Please share and help us all save more money!
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Lisa M. Chapman serves her clients as a business and marketing coach, business planning consultant and social media consultant. She helps clients to establish and enhance their online brand, attract their target market, engage them in meaningful social media conversations, and convert online traffic into revenues. Email: Lisa (at) LisaChapman (dot) com.
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