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How to start a blog – Post #8 – Royalty free images

You’re up and running and you’re looking for Royalty free images you can use on your blog.

It’s something we all need, a blog without images can be a booring one.

One thing you need to do is to ensure the images you use are relevant to your article.

Don’t use imagery just for the sake of it. As much as it break up the text nicely, too much, or irrelevant imagery will just distract your readers.

“Can’t I just search Google for images”, I hear you say.

No, you cannot.

Many if not the majority of images you will find by searching Google are Copyrighted, if not, there is likely to at least be a useage agreement.

Below, I will show you 3 sites where you can get Royalty free images that you can use on your blog.

No signup, no fee and no attribution required (although a thank you to the photographer is appreciated).

Pexels


Pexels

Pexels deliver hundreds of thousands Royalty free images that you can use.

They trawl multiple sources of free images to hold them all in one place, for your covenience.

Checking each image that they add to their site, Pexels ensure that the photos you get are of the best quality with high resolution photos being added, every day.

Simply search for your desired imagery in the top search bar.

When you’ve found one you like, click and hit the free download button.

That’s it.

A copy will be saved on your hard drive ready for you to use.


Pixabay


Royalty free imagery with Pixabay

Pixabay, much like Pexels has over 1 million+ high quality stock images that you can use for free on your site.

It also includes videos and illustrations so chances are high that you will be able to find something to your liking here.


Royalty free pixabay download

Again, all you need to do is use the search bar to find images relevant to your topic.

Once you have one, simply click on it, hit the “Free Download” button and after selecting the size of image you require, along with a quick ReCAPTCHA you’re away.

Unsplash


Unsplash is the next source of royalty free images that we are taking a look at.

Unsplash has over 1 million “FREE” images that photographers around the world have given to them, to spread and allow us all to use, free of charge.

This is slightly different to just being royalty free, however, it is good advertising for the photographer so bonus.

As a result, you get access to imagery opf almost anything you can think of.

With new imagery added every single day, you can find a pitcure of almost anything here.

When it comes to downloading your selected image, Unsplash is as simple as they come.

Select the picture, press Download free.

That’s it.

No reCAPTCHA, no signup.

The one thing with Unsplash is that, unlike Pexels and Pixabay, they do not give you the option for image size.

Not a big issue, but worth noting.


Free downlaod from Unsplash

What next?

Once you have your imagery, you want to compress it.

Although we have not looked at SEO (Search engine Optimisation) yet, we have discussed site speed.

Site speed is imprtant for both you and your visitors so anything you can do to improve it is a must.

In my Article “Recommended WordPress plugins“, we spoke about Smush.

Smush is a free image optimisation and compression tool that helps you to maintain your page loading speeds.


image optimization

When you are looking to include your imagery in a post, make sure you upoad it via the media tab on your wordpress dashboard.

Doing this enables Smush to automatically compress the image for you, saving you time and enabling you to concentrate on the content.

If you upload the image directly to your post, it will be full size and will slow down your page speed.

Summary

You have your blog all up and running.

You’ve released your first article and now you have your royalty free images ready to go.

So get typing.

In future articles we will take a look deeper into the world of SEO.

We’ll also look at some page builders and where the best places to advertise your blog are, for free.

For more information on how to start a blog and for links to all of the other articles in the series, check out the link below.