I remember when I just started blogging and I thought any old blog image that looked reasonably nice would do. I really thought it was ALL about the content. After all… wasn’t content king? Well, yes… to some degree, of course, yes it is; if you have crappy content, no one is going to come back to your blog.
BUT as visual creatures, we’re attracted to colour and pretty aesthetics.
Be honest – how many times have you scrolled past a blog because the image was a bit “meh”? Beautiful images have the power to do so many things. They can evoke emotion or entice excitement. Basically, besides your blog’s heading, it’s what’s going to get people to open up your post. So images = VERY important.
But, not all of us want to spend money on stock image subscriptions each month. Because let’s face it, a lot of them look… well, posed. Fake. Lame. And sometimes the quality isn’t even that great.
Enter free high-quality images. Yip, there is such a thing, thankfully! Here are my favourites:
I never knew about this site until last year and now it’s my first go-to for blog images. The quality is phenomenal and the images don’t have that off-putting stock image feel at all, which is great.
New images are added all the time, but you can also subscribe to get fresh images delivered straight to your inbox. You can also personalise it with the types of photos you really want to see. Very cool!
I love that you don’t need to credit the photographer and it’s super easy to download when you’ve found the image you want. All you need to do then is open up Canva or PicMonkey (both free) to resize the image as you like.
Check out Unsplash.com.
This is also quite a nice free image site that lets you download high-quality photos that you can use anywhere, without needing to credit the source.
Simply type what sort of image you’re looking for in the search bar – you can also find illustrations and videos, and hit the download button. There’s a handy list of image sizes right on the site, so you can easily get the image size you want without needing to resize it in another program.
What’s also great here is that they show you related images under the one you’ve selected. So if it’s not quite what you’re looking for, you might find something a little more to your liking just below.
Browse images on Pixabay.com.
Usually if I can’t find what I’m looking for on these two sites (which is rarely), I’ll give a go at snapping or designing my own image. This is very much a work in progress that I’m learning, but it’s a lot of fun. There’s a ton of resources and YouTube videos online to help.
Otherwise, here’s quite a cool site I came across earlier this year – CreativeMarket.com. They sell a ton of images, but also offer some fantastic free goodies each week. Every Monday, they publish 6 new freebies – images, fonts, and digital branding icons. Really good stuff. In fact, the featured image on this post was one I grabbed from their freebie section the other day. It’s worth checking in every week for.
There you go – great sites for sourcing some really cool, high-quality blog images. Enjoy!