Know Where to Find Blog Images: The Simplest Guide

Blog images

Blog images
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.

Free Photos

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.

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Photos on pixabay

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.



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.

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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.

Google image search

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)

fiverrFiverr 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.

Talk soon.




    December 13, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Hello Francis,

    Good one by you sir !. its simple and helpful post.

    • Francis Quarshie

      December 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Sureshab,
      I appreciate your kind words. And I’m glad it has helped you. Do have a wonderful week.

  2. Harry Uppal

    December 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Hi Francis,
    I am using images from Pixabay fro my sites and blog, they provide free images for sure. It was really a great post.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Francis Quarshie

      December 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Hey Harry,
      Happy to see you this week. Pixabay has been one of the best source of high-quality images for years now. I’m not surprised everyone is trooping into it’s camp.
      Thanks for showing up here, bro.

  3. Katty Fielf

    December 15, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Hello Francis,

    Actually, I use Google Tools to get all the free-to-use Images which fetches all the images from Pixbay, Pexels and many other places from where we can get non-copyrighted images.

    So, overall it saves a lot of time.

    • Francis Quarshie

      December 15, 2016 at 5:55 am

      Hi Katty,

      Your strategy of using Google tools to fetch free images from places like Pexel is cool. You wouldn’t have issues.

      You mentioned Pexels, I love the photos there. Sure, it’s another great source of free images.

      Thanks for your contribution, Katty.

  4. Naman Jain

    December 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I refer to Deposit Photos for my blog images. I would also like to give Shutterstock a shot but it is too costly.

    • Francis Quarshie

      December 21, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Naman, give it a shot if it is quality and wouldn’t jeopardise your image.

      Be ready to pay if you can afford.

      I know Shutterstock is among the best . It all depends on you, brother. Go for it.

      Thanks for showing up here, Naman.

  5. Ravi Chahar

    December 21, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Hey Francis,

    I have been using Pixabay and Pexels for a long time and there is no other place like those.

    You have also listed some amazing websites but most of them ask for a sign up.

    People like the straight download option which is better and easy.

    Thanks for sharing the list.
    Have a great day.

    • Francis Quarshie

      December 23, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Hi Ravi,
      You’re right when you say there’s no place like Pixabay and Pexels. Pixabay has been one of those on top of my list for sometime now.
      To me, good things are worth taking a minute to sign up for. As a fact: looking for the right image for your blog post takes time, too.
      I also enjoy straight downloads bro. No wonder Pixabay is up there.

  6. Jelina Roy

    December 27, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Hey Francis

    Thanks for this Great post !

    Finding images has been a big problem these days, but I use Pixabay where I can find image for any Niche and I think, it is one of the best place to find non-copyrighted images.

    BTW, keep up the good work.

    ~ Jelina

    • Francis Quarshie

      December 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Hey Jelina,
      Bloggers are blessed to have Pixabay. I’m not surprised you love getting your images from there. I do, too.
      Thanks for sharing, my friend.

  7. Narinder kumar

    January 9, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Hey Francis,
    Thanks for sharing great post i have a blog and i am mostly used pixabay images its really a great sites to provide hight quality images without sign up

    • Francis Quarshie

      January 10, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Hi Narinder,

      I love Pixabay, too. Keep using their images bro.

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