Where to Find Free Stock Photos for Bloggers

Last updated on March 28, 2020  ∙ by Edwin Contreras2 comments
List of free stock photo sites for bloggers

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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 as well as your headlines to help drive more traffic to your website.

Find your brand identity first

Oh one more thing before I get started. I think it's important to know your brand first. Your brand is much more than just your blog name, the font and color scheme.

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's a lot of different themes to choose from.

For example, one brand might use blog images like these: 

While another one uses stock photos like these instead.

Or this.

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:

So unless you're a photographer and have your own images to use, you're going to need to use stock photos. In this article I'm going to go over the best places to find blog images.

Let's start with the best one first.

While there are plenty of free stock photo sites out there, I only 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 uploaded daily.

I try and not use stock images, but when I do they're from Pexels. They were resized and cropped using BeFunky, which is the free image editing tool I use. By the way, you can find more free blog tools I use here.

If you want to stay within a theme for branding purposes, check out their discover page to find similar images that are within a collection. 

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.

Here's where it gets interesting though. If you are a Canva Pro member like I am, you now have access to premium stock photos.

I use these higher-quality stock images to create pin designs like the ones above.

Canva Pro

Because of Canva, I'm able to create Pinterest pins and paid ads using premium stock images.

If you've been around the game long enough, you can spot the difference between a free stock image and a paid one. 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 content is also of low value.

So if you want to avoid being overlooked, you need to stand out with your images. That's where a premium stock photography site like 123RF or DepositPhotos comes in to help.

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.

123RF

You're going to find the best selection of stock images at a premium stock photo site like 123RF.

Other free stock photo sites

If you are in a 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. You can scroll for days looking for just the right stock image (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.
  • Freestocks.org
  • Picography
  • Foca
  • PicJumbo
  • Kaboom Pics
  • SkitterPhoto
  • Life Of Pix

Whether we like to admit it, online we always just 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 stock photos!

Until next time,
Edwin, DoSixFigures.com

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