The use of images in blog posts is beneficial for two reasons:
- It gives you the opportunity to provide more information, such as through infographics and screenshots.
- It helps improve audience engagement, thus keeping readers on your blog for a longer period of time.
10 tools for finding high quality images that can be used both on your web site and in updates on social media sites:
1. Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/)
When it comes to finding images for your blog and social platforms, there aren’t many services that offer more than Pixabay.
Pro tip: Pixabay is good for more than just images. You can also search for vector graphics, illustrations and videos.
2. Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)
It’s not the most advanced photo library and it definitely doesn’t have the most available images. Even so, Unsplash remains a favorite, among bloggers and social media professionals.You can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes.
Pro tip: use the “new” search, at the top of the page, to find the latest photos released on Unsplash.
3. Gratisography (http://gratisography.com/)
When it comes to image quality, Gratisography is definitely at the top of the industry.
Pro tip: use one of the suggested search phrases, such as people or animals, to help you get your feet wet.
4. Life of Pix (http://www.lifeofpix.com/)
There’s a lot to like about Life of Pix, including the following:
- All photos are high resolution.
- All photos are free to use.
- New photos are added weekly.
Pro tip: check out its sister site, Life of Vids. It’s here that you’ll come across a variety of interesting videos, all of which are also free to use.
5. StockSnap (https://stocksnap.io/)
With hundreds of free images added every week, StockSnap is a service that you can rely on for all of your needs.
Pro tip: use the ‘send me photos’ feature, to have the newest free stock photos delivered to your inbox every week
6. Snapwire Snaps (http://snapwiresnaps.tumblr.com/)
By clicking through to one of the many collections, you’re presented with a variety of opportunities.
Pro tip: spend plenty of time searching the library, as there are photos from “200,000 of the world’s most talented photographers.”
7. Picjumbo (https://picjumbo.com/)
Picjumbo offers everything you would want from a stock photography site. It’s simple to use, the quality is top flight and the selection is above average.
Pro tip: use the Latest button, located at the top of the page, to find recently added images.
8. New Old Stock (http://nos.twnsnd.co/)
As the name suggests, this service provides “vintage photos from the public archives.”
Pro tip: since New Old Stock doesn’t have the best search functionality, save images that you may be able to use in the future. If you don’t, you may find it difficult to find them on the site, down the road.
9. Awesome Screenshot (http://www.awesomescreenshot.com/)
You don’t have to use Awesome Screenshot, if you have another tool that you prefer. However, if you’re having trouble with your current tool or you’re looking to start using screenshots in the near future, this one has everything you could want.
Pro tip: experiment with the many features, to ensure that you aren’t missing out on something that could help make your screenshots more unique and useful.
10. Smartphone (or Tablet)
Pro tip: today’s smartphones and tablets are more advanced than ever before, making it easy to take high quality photos without any experience.