Want to make a top blogging mistake?
Not with copyright issues.
I see you looking for high-quality photos.
Maybe free ones, too.
Want to use them on your blog posts?
Worry not, because there’s no way you’ll be tempted to illegally use someone else’s image after reading this post today.
I’m going to help you know how to get both completely free and royalty-free images.
So, keep reading.
Fast forward, let’s understand some important terms here for the purpose of saving yourself from trouble.
Here’s the truth:
Bloggers rely mainly on Royalty-Free, Creative Commons and Public Domain photos.
Get yourself introduced to them.
You’re free to use photos from the Creative Commons or the Public domain. No payments here.
They only have few restrictions and things you need to do.
Creative commons (CC)
CC opens the door for you to get and use images for free without falling into trouble.
One thing is for sure here: CC images are always free.
They’re a not for profit organization and a license family with a handful of licenses. See some on Flickr here.
This is what to do when you want to use a CC licensed image:
Visit the site you got the image from to check the specific license that applies to the image. There are restrictions, for sure.
The image may require that you use it for only a non-commercial purpose. You might not be permitted to alter it. Also, it may require attribution.
Check their official site for more.
Public Domain images
Public Domain images are for the public, including you who might want to use them, too. You’re required to link to their sources when using them.
Find CC and public domain photos on Pixabay because that’s what I do.
What’s Royalty-Free Photos?
They’re images that are free of royalties with price tags on them. Meaning you pay for them.
So, you can legally use them anywhere but not anyhow on your projects. You only have to pay a one-time fee.
You can’t make them part of your brand. And don’t even try selling them, because you can’t.
A typical place to get such photos is Depositphotos. Get to know more about this stock photos marketplace here:
They offer 23 million plus royalty-free photos and vector images.
Want to know more about how great this photography agency is?
They’re one of the safest micro-stock agencies to work with.
Their photographs are for you.
I mean everyone, not only bloggers. Affiliate Marketers, too. I’m not only using their products. I’m also allowed to promote them.
No language barrier with this company. They provide their customers with support in over 10 languages. And they serve close to 200 countries.
Try DEPOSITPHOTOS now.
What are Copyrighted Photos?
Most of these ones are found on Google.
Right, you own the copyright to a photo if you took it. It’s that simple. You’re the photographer.
It may also be for the person who tasked you to take it.
I want to believe you’re okay with this legal stuff now. Not all, I know.
How not to ask for Trouble with Google images
Is that what you want?
I don’t think so.
I used to take images from Google myself when I first started blogging. An image owner one day messaged me, asking me to remove it from my blog.
Glad he gently approached. You might not be lucky.
If you’re doing it, then prepare to be penalized by either Google or pay a fine.
To be on the safer side give credit by default.
Get the link to the image you’re copying from Google search.
The site may not be the copyrighted owner.
So look further on that site if there is an attribution to the image. And still search further to ensure safety.
Ideally, concentrate on getting a good one from any of the ones bloggers often use: Royalty-Free, Creative Commons and Public Domain.
Or take your own pictures. However you do it, is up to you. You can even contract a photographer.
There’re other marketplaces like…
Fiverr (the creative marketplace)
Fiverr is another great source of high-quality photos. You’ll find graphics and images with good prices there.
Want to try Fiverr?
Get into Fiverr for its $5 gigs.
And you’ll find useful products and services alongside the photos you’re looking for to grow your blog and business.
How do you go with your blog images?
I’d be happy to know where you get your blog Images, my friend.
What’s your experience? Have you had issues before?
Do let me know that and what you think about this post in comments.