How Do I Get Images for My Content?

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Adding an image to your content can help it stand out, evoke emotion or add to the point you’re trying to make.

In short, they can be a very powerful component to your content.

But where do you get images? You’ve got a few options…

Make Your Own

The most obvious solution is to make your own photos. Keep your digital camera handy, think outside the box a bit and snap away. Of course, taking your own photos can be time consuming, there may be editing to do and if you don’t fancy yourself a photographer, it may not be ideal. But you might be surprised at how your skills improve once you start taking more photos…and it ensures you can get the EXACT shots that you want.

And hint…screenshots are often a great source of images!

Buy Them

A quick and easy solution, particularly for commercial content, is to buy your images. There are a lot of stock photos sites out there and you can ask your friends for recommendations. Personally, I’ve tried a lot and always come back to iStockphoto.

iStockphoto is a bit more expensive than other sites, but they have the best selection I’ve seen. Plus, I can almost always find just the right image to illustrate the point I’m trying to make. When I go to other sites, I end up spending so much time searching and often don’t find what I want, so it’s just easier to use iStockphoto and get it done quickly.

Get Free Ones

If you don’t have the budget for photos or you like the idea of sharing content and giving credit to photographers, there are TONS of photos out there under Creative Commons License. That means you can use the images according to certain specifications and generally have to give credit to the photographer in the manner they request. Some of the specifications include whether you can edit them, use them for commercial purposes and more.

By the way, if you’d like a little tutorial about how Creative Commons Licenses work, you can click here.

Some places to get free images:

Advanced Google Search

If you go to Google’s Advanced Image Search feature, you can search for images with specific types of licenses. Just go to the page and look for the drop-down menu that says “Usage Rights”. You’ll something that looks like this:

Choose the option you want and any other advanced search options and you’ll be able to find some images available for use. But note of caution, it is not a foolproof method and you should always read the actual license information of a photo before you use it.

Photodropper WordPress Plugin

We have used the Photodropper WordPress plugin that helps you find images while you are writing your blog post. Just enter some keywords and choose the photo you want and the license info is automatically entered. However, just like with the Google search, you should also confirm the license and make sure you are using the photo as the creator has allowed.

Other Sites

There are other sites you can search through to find images that include licensing information. The largest is likely Flickr and they make it very easy to find the licensing information, so that you can be sure you’re using the images correctly.

When you find an image, you can find the licensing information on the far right side of the page like this:

Just click the “Some Rights Reserved” for more details on the license. In this case, the license says were are free to share the work under the following conditions:

 

Free Stock Photos and Clip Art

There are plenty of free stock photo and clip art sites as well. My favorites are Morgue File, Stock.xchng and Open Clipart.

Definitely, there are plenty of options for getting images into your content. Just remember, if you’re using someone else’s images, do your due diligence to ensure you’re using their work as allowed.

Need More Help with Using Images in Your Content?

Check out Kelly’s Image Monthly - she and her publishing partner, Angel, have great advice for finding images, creating them and incorporating them into your into your content. They’ve even thrown in some images, backgrounds and inspirational quotes too. Check it out here.

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  • http://plrcontentshop.com Rhonda

    These are some great suggestions. I love using images for my blogs…and I believe it really adds value as well as draws interests for your readers. I also search for public domain graphics and revamp them myself. As always, do your diligent research to make sure you understand your rights for usage.

    • http://contentrix.com Alice Seba

      Hi Rhonda…and thanks for the extra tip. What source do you like for public domain images?

  • http://www.ediedykeman.com Edie Dykeman

    Thanks for this great information. It’s often a challenge to find the right image, and you’ve provided a couple of options I wasn’t aware of.

    • http://contentrix.com Alice Seba

      Great Edie. Hope it will come in handy very soon.

  • atticus007

    Hi Alice, To be safe I have always bought images especially when they are on special offer. I go for ‘Small’ to keep the cost down and easy on site loading. I have had no great success finding relevant free to use images.

    • contentrix

      I think if you’re going to run into trouble, it could be at either a paid or free stock photo site. The important thing to do is keep note of where you got the images from…at least that’s how I see it.

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