Looking for the best free stock photo sites for bloggers? You’re in luck because I’ve put together a list of my favorite ones here.
You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But online, we have to. When so many marketers pull people in all sorts of directions, your brain has to do some quality control and pick the best option.
This is why blog post headlines matter so much. When you have a question for Google, you choose the headline that you think will best answer your question.
The same concept applies for when you’re on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. On these platforms, you look at the best headline and image combination.
So it is important to focus on your images and headlines to help drive more traffic to your blog.
Canva – Best free stock image site for bloggers
Yeah, you heard me right. I’m calling Canva the best free stock image site for bloggers! That’s because they have the widest selection of free stock images, icons, and templates all under one roof.
- How does Canva have so many free stock images?
Did you know Canva bought Pexels and Pixabay in 2019? That’s right, your favorite free design platform now has access to over 1 million free stock photos!
When you’re creating a design on Canva, say for an ebook cover, blog post image or a Pinterest pin, you can use their free stock images in your designs.
- Why do bloggers need Canva?
Bloggers need stock photos for different reasons than other online marketers. While online marketers usually use stock images for their products or paid ads, bloggers use stock images for entirely different reasons.
For example, a blogger might need a stock photo to create a Pinterest pin, an Instagram post, a lead magnet to grow your list, or to add some visuals to their blog posts.
The images above are some of the featured images (that I also use on social media) that were created with Canva.
- Free access to premium stock photos
Here’s where it gets better though. If you are a Canva Pro member like I am, you now have access to premium stock photos.
This is a game-changer!
That means you can use premium stock photos without subscribing to a premium stock photo site!
I use these higher-quality stock images to create pin designs like the ones here for my keto blog. Most of these images are “premium” stock photos I didn’t need to pay for.
Pexels – Best free stock photo site for everyone else
While there are plenty of free stock photo sites for bloggers out there, I recommend you use Pexels.
Here’s why they’re the best.
- Uh, it’s free. Pexels has completely free stock images for you to use freely on your blog.
- They have a lot of stock photos for just about any blog niche and any image style.
- They have fresh images (and now even free stock videos) that are uploaded daily.
- Pexels has a Discover page where all images in a “collection” follow a similar theme.
I use and recommend using the Optimole plugin to optimize your images (without losing quality!).
By the way, you can find more free blog tools I use here.
123RF – Best premium stock photo site for bloggers
If you’ve been around the game long enough, you can spot the difference between a free stock image and a paid one a mile away! Odds are, some of your readers can too.
There are some stock images so popular that I seemingly see them every single day. Naturally, if I see an overused stock image, I read a book by its cover and assume the blog content is old too.
Their stock photos are not available for free. Even a price tag of under $1 per picture is enough to keep them fresh though.
In addition to pictures, they also have vectors, stock videos and audio too.
Personally, I would only use a paid stock image site if you are already making money blogging.
I’d also recommend using them if you’re going to launch an ad campaign and need a strong visual to go along with your ad.
More free stock photo sites for bloggers
If you are in a blog niche where it’s harder to find stock photos, you might have better luck at one of these other free stock photo sites.
- Pikwizard – Over 1 million royalty-free stock images and videos, safe for commercial use, with no attribution required.
- PXHere – There’s a big selection here for stock photos for bloggers. You can scroll for days looking for just the right stock image (but please, don’t do that!).
- Freepik – In addition to stock photos, Freepik has free vectors, psd files and icons you can use freely in your blog posts.
- Flickr – There’s an insane amount of images you can use here. But be sure to filter results to display only “creative commons” licenses to avoid any copyright issues.
- Pixabay – Similar to Pexels in that they have a huge library of free stock images for bloggers.
- Unsplash – Another free option of stock photography to choose from.
- Stocksnap – Newer stock photo site full of copyright-free images.
- Reshot – Handpicked, non-stocky images.
- Burst – Stock photo site created by Shopify.
- FoodiesFeed – For food/health/fitness bloggers.
- Gratisography – Quirky, creative stock images.
- Styled Stock – Feminine style stock photography.
- Kaboom Pics
- Life Of Pix
How to find the best free stock photos for your blog and brand
Oh one more thing before I go. Before you go using random stock photos in your blog posts, I think it’s important to know your brand first. Your brand is much more than just your blog name, the font, color scheme, or your blog theme.
To me, your brand is so much more. It is the way you talk, your punctuation and yes, the types of images you use.
So, before we get started with the list of the best places to find stock photos, I want you to first find a “picture style” that fits best with your brand.
Minimalist, flat lay, laughing faces, funny kids. There are a lot of different themes to choose from.
For example, one brand might use blog images like these:
While another one uses minimalist stock photos like these instead.
Or black and white stock photos like these.
It doesn’t matter which style you pick, but you need to stick to one style only! This will only help enforce your brand.
Oh and by the way, it goes without saying that you should never use stock images like these:
Whether we like to admit it, online we always judge a book by its cover. That’s why I always make sure to pick a good picture for my featured image and the images I share on social media.
Thanks for reading and hope this helped you find some great sources for free stock photos for your blog!
Until next time,