If you have a business blog, or even if you are just a reader of business blogs, you know how important it is to include images that capture the reader’s attention.
With the increasing shift in popularity to visual content across social media platforms, and with statistics showing the increase in traffic when images are used effectively, even text-based content like blog posts have been vying for more attention with better visuals.
So how can you find great images to accompany your blog posts or website content? Here are three options to get you started:
Stock Photos for Purchase
One easy way to obtain stock photos is to purchase them from depositphotos.com, istockphoto.com, or another paid stock photo source. The images range in cost, but you can generally find them for about six dollars or so. If you purchase a subscription or image pack, the cost is slightly less. The benefits of purchasing stock photos is that they are very high quality, there are no worries about copyright violations, and you can search from a massive database to find just about anything you may be looking for.
Creative Commons Public Domain Image Sources
If you are looking for amazing, free images to complement your blog or website text, there are several options. Pulling a photo off Google Images is not one of them because most web images belong to someone and can be subject to copyright laws and restrictions. Here are some sources for free images that don’t require attribution.
You can source images free of copyright constraints by choosing from images licensed under the creative commons public domain dedication. Two sites that we recommend checking out for free, high-quality images are Unsplash and Pixabay.
For an exhaustive list of resources for images, video content, and audio content (in addition to the ones above) as well as the rules for online attribution, check out this post by Meg Kribble of the Harvard Law School Library.
Microsoft has provided a very helpful path to free images. To find them, go to Bing and choose a search topic. You will then be taken to a screen with the option to run a search with Images (see example below). After clicking on Images, click on the “License” link under the search box and choose the “Public Domain” option.
Disclaimer: While some of the resources listed above provide public domain and/or Creative Commons images, it is always a good idea to check out the images you choose (especially with Bing Images) to be sure they don't require attribution.
So there you have it. Happy hunting! If you need help creating quality content for your business blog or website, feel free to get in touch with us. Our Boston copywriting experts specialize in crafting high-quality, engaging written content and visuals to help your business get noticed.