Hello and welcome! Whether you are a blogger, someone stopping by for the first time, or a longtime faithful reader, I’m so glad that you are here! I’ve been hopping with excitement for weeks, waiting for this post to finally be published. (Thank the Lord for scheduled posting, otherwise I think my entire life would be spent writing blog posts) So anyways, today we’re going to be talking about……. drum roll please……. FREE PHOTO RESOURCES! How awesome is that?!?! Oh yeah, totally awesome.
As a beginner blogger, anytime I would google something like “FREE photo resources for bloggers” the search results were absolute confusion. And 98% of the time, the stuff that would pop up was……. yeah, you guessed it. NOT FREE. So in a slight effort to change that fact, here’s this post 🙂 You can thank me later.
So, as you probably already know, when you are a blogger, a HUGE part of your blogs success rides on your images. For those of you asking, ‘are good images really that important? isn’t it the quality of a post that matters most?’ Well, yes and no. Your blogs images play a huge part in stat growth and reaching new readers. You could have the most amazing post in the world, but if you have an awful image, or none at all, well, good luck with getting more then 3 people to read that post.
Creating high quality images that will catch peoples attention should be at the top of your blogging to-do list. For me, this can mean spending hours on end, simply searching, editing, and creating images. And yes, sometimes this means creating 14 different images and deleting them all before you decide on one that actually works.
Thankfully, after a little trial and error, you should be able to figure out what kinds of images work best for you and your blog. For example, first off, your image needs to RELATE to the post. If you are sharing a recipe, use a picture of food NOT a picture of a mountain. If you are sharing a post on hiking or something outdoors related, DON’T use a picture of spaghetti. Seriously. I know that may sound so painfully obvious, but I guess sometimes it’s not? Because I have seen things like that way too many times.
Images are extremely important when your posts begin to get shared on social media sites. ESPECIALLY with Pinterest, images is what will either make or break your post.
Sidenote: Bloggers, if you are not already on Pinterest, get on there ASAP! Seriously! Building a Pinterest following, joining many high quality group boards, and reaching out to other bloggers and entrepreneurs will sky rocket your blog growth like you wouldn’t believe.
For example, my post 3 Ways To Keep Simplicity In The Midst Of A Crazy Life is one of the top 3 visited posts on this site. Overnight, that post absolutely exploded with hundreds and hundreds of view and shares. So why did that post take off so suddenly? Well, since most of the shares have been on Pinterest…… IMAGE. (Also, if you haven’t read that post yet, what are you waiting for?!)
See? First, the image choice seems to scream simplicity, peace and comfort. Next, the attention catching post title is largely, clearly printed at the TOP of the image. In my personal experience, this placement seems to work best.
So now would you like to hear about these amazing (And did I mention FREE?!) stock photo resources? Okay great, let’s get on to the list!
Free Photo Resources For Bloggers:
This site has some pretty amazing photo selections. Most of their images have more of a “dark” feel, which could be good or bad, it just depends on what you’re looking for. With this blog, I mainly try to stick to lighter themes and images…… But SplitShire has such amazing images, I think I may start bending the rules a little bit. Yeah, I know the owner and founder of A Sweet N Simple Life and she told me I can use whatever images I want 😉
If you are a food blogger, you need to check this site out NOW! Seriously, talk about some scrumptious looking food! And even if you aren’t a food blogger…… You still need to go look at it. If anything, it will probably inspire you to do some cooking or baking.
Also, something interesting about this site…. You have to wait 6 seconds for photos to download, but apparently, if you sign up as a member (which is still free) you only have to wait THREE seconds for the photo to download. WOW. So yes, obviously you need to go sign up as a member because that’s 3 seconds of your life that you don’t want to waste!
Here’s another one for you foodie bloggers. Can you say STUNNING?!?! I honestly don’t know if I like Scatter Jar or Foodies Feed better…… When you start scrolling through them, you will see that they both have entirely different photo styles, But they are both amazing in their own way!
This is another wonderful site with thousands and thousands of photos. There are so many different categories available, that really, this site could be used as a resource for ANY blog niche.
Creative Convex is a little different from the sites listed above, as they actually offer a free photo packet available for download. With your photo packet, you will get 40 different images, designed specifically for bloggers and other creative entrepreneurs. They also offer a free 7 day email course on how to take and create high quality, eye-catching images yourself. I have downloaded their photo packet, and the images are simple, clean, bright, and do a wonderful job at catching the readers attention.
*These photos are under the Creative Commons License.*
PicJumbo….. They have pictures. Great pictures. In tons of categories. And yes, my brain is running out of ways to describe stock photo sites……. 😉 Sorry. BUT there’s something that -I personally think- sets Pic Jumbo a step above the rest. They offer an all-in-one downloadable pack with over 1800 images for a recommended minimum donation of $15! How cool is that?! Yes, I know that technically that’s not 100% free, but I still think that’s a pretty amazing deal!
Well, last but DEFINITELY not least, we have Pixabay. Pixabay is my all time favorite photo resource site. It is extremely simple to navigate, and you also have extra options like choosing vertical, horizontal, images, editors top picks, etc. (I always choose vertical, as those images do the best on Pinterest.) They have SUCH a large selection of gorgeous images, and the best part is, they’re all 100% free! Everything! If you are looking for an outstanding collection of high quality photos, in my opinion, this is the best place to go.
Pikwizard is a just launched stock photo website, and I must say, it’s quite impressive! They already have over 100,000 completely free images on their site, and over 20,000 of those are exclusive just to them & their site! They are continuing to add new images to their library on a daily basis and are working towards their goal of 1 MILLION images. They have a great selection of photos and I am looking forward to using them in the future!
So now I want to hear from YOU! If you are a blogger, where do you get your images from? Do you take all your own photos? If not, what are some of your favorite places to find good stock photos? Are you going to be trying out any of these sites? Let me know in the comments down below!