Visuals and images are the soul of any blog post, images enhance the article, generate interest among the reader and make them read a long post. Not only this, images add SEO value to your post, all search engines give emphasis to relevant, quality images with good content and rank those site higher. And you can optimize your images to generate more organic traffic to your WordPress website. And images make your post social media friendly as people are sharing images on social media more than ever.
But, finding the right image can be very challenging. The stock images that are easily available aren’t of good quality or used by every other site. Fortunately, more and more websites are coming up with free, good quality, high-resolution images.
While most of these websites offer free images for personal as well as commercial use with attribution to the author. However, I would suggest you to read their policy before using them to avoid any kind of hassle. I have rounded up a list of 20 free image sources for your WordPress posts and social media posts.
Don’t go by the name, the website doesn’t have images of cupcakes. You can some of the amazing landscape pictures by Jonas Nilsson Lee, though time and again you can see images of animals and other objects.
Dreamstime offers a wide variety of images under a free section and they are organized in major categories such as abstract, animal, nature, technology, people and more. This website requires you to create a free account.
ISO republic houses a wealth of free images organized into a few categories such as architecture, nature, people, textures, urban and more. The website has good collection of urban shots and graffiti pictures.
Free range stock offers free high quality, high resolution images that you use on your blog to add some pizzaz to your content. You need to register with them to have an access to the images.
The website has a huge collection of more than 390,026 photos and illustrations that can be searched on the basis of their categories.
This website requires you to sign up for their newsletter to receive free images every month in your mailbox. The images are of high quality and you can also pay to get access to their complete archives.
PicJumbo is a collection of good quality images. You can find people, technology and work pictures that you can use for personal as well as commercial purposes.
Public domain images is a repository of images from the public archives that are taken by famous photographers or images available on the web, all archived at a single place.
Free digital photos is a large gallery of images divided into categories, the images are free for personal, educational and business purposes. You need to sign up with them to access their images and smaller size images are available for free but usually with an attribution clause, for larger images you need to purchase them.
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Images on the site are copyright-free and of high quality that can be used for personal as well as commercial purposes. Pixabay has over 440,000 photos, vectors and illustration neatly divided into categories.
Foodie’s feed as the name suggests, is a place where you can get all kinds of high resolution food images divided into food categories such as coffee/drinks, Meant & Fish, Fruits& Vegetable, and shot categories such as top view, vertical, square and more.
Life of Pix is managed by an advertising agency in Montreal, Canada. The photos are high-resolution, high quality that are updated weekly and mostly include landscape shots.
Gratisography features the work of Ryan Mcguire and all the pictures on the website are photographed by him. The website has a nice collection of high-resolution, free photos that are added weekly, you can use the images for personal and commercial purposes.
Rgbstock is a website created by photographers and graphic artists with an aim to provide people an easy access to high-quality, royalty free stock photos.
New Old Stock is a repository of vintage images from the public archives that free of any known copyright restrictions.
Pictography is a source of some really interesting urban images of people and architecture. You can find images of your choice using the search bar.
Splitshire offers access to copyright free, high resolution, high quality images that are organized into broad categories. Some of the interesting categories of the website include wedding, fashion, interiors and automotive.
Pickupimage offers a collection of free stock images that can be copied, modified and used for personal as well as commercial purposes. You don’t need to register for this site, the images are categorized on the basis of tags and you can look up images using the search bar.
The name says it all; you have free and unrestricted stock photos and vectors available on the site. The site is unique in the list, apart from the stock images, it also features icons sets, vector graphics and UI sets.
Snapwire snaps delivers 7 high resolution, high quality images to you via email every 7 days. The photos are handpicked, mostly they consist of landscape shots and photos of people in interesting places.
Snapographic features the photographs taken by Thomas Mühl, all the pictures can be used for personal as well as commercial purposes. One can find some nice abstract and texture shots on the website.
Don’t just use images for the sake of it, it is a powerful tool and take your website to new heights. If you know of any other great resource, share it with us in the comments!
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