Including a picture with your blog entry makes it more clickable.
You may have noticed I haven’t been doing that.
The reason is I didn’t know where to go. What pictures are legal to use? Where can I get them? I’ve kind of been letting things slide on this blog, rationalizing that it’s for business so pictures don’t matter. This is, of course, nonsense.
But the Riga Hayworth project absolutely needs a picture for every chapter – the web design dictates it. I’ve been running around like a lunatic trying to get the pictures I need, but finally had to admit defeat. I like photography but the writing has to come first.
Below are three sites that provide free, royalty-free images you can use for your blog. Some ask for links back to their site embedded in their photos, others for credit.
- Wylio.com: Provides creative commons, commercial use photos. Premium features cost $2.99/month. They lack some legal guarantees, so as they say on their website, if FlickUser 1234 has a Coca Cola image listed, he probably doesn’t have a license for it. Use common sense.
- RoyaltyFreeImages.net: Gorgeous, really arty photos. All pictures are original and copyright free. All they ask in return for use is a credit note such as “Photo Copyright RoyaltyFreeImages.net” and a link to http://www.royaltyfreeimages.net when using one of their stock photos. Downside: the site is not terribly searchable, but if you’re looking for something abstract or nature-oriented, they’re a pleasure to browse. (I’ve got one in mind to represent a wine-induced stupor).
- Acobox.com: Of the three, this is the site I’m most comfortable with because it does have a guarantee and it’s easy to use. Just search for an image and hotlink it to post in your blog.