The content of your site is everything. Not only will the written word keep customers on your site for longer, beautiful images will make your products irresistible to any customer who is ready to buy. What’s even more important: Google loves sites that are filled with images, and are likely to rank these far above bare-bones sites.
Some businesses will turn to Google Images, believing that the free images are the perfect solution to their image sourcing troubles. Downloading images from other websites seems like a hassle-free way of adorning your own site with colour – but it could also land you in a heap of trouble when it comes to issues of copyright. After all, you don’t own these images.
Short of spending thousands on a professional photographer (or relying on your own low-res smartphone snaps), it can be hard to know how to get attractive images for your website.
We’re here to show you how to find free, legal images that don’t skimp out on quality. In fact, these pics are among some of the best you’ll find on the web.
Step one is to find images that are covered by the Creative Commons licence. Put simply, photographers use this licence to show people that their photos can be used freely. They’re able to choose limits (such as on editing, or receiving credit) but overall, the licence shows the creator has opened their oeuvre for your perusal.
Get clicking and find some great images for your site. Browse through the extensive Creative Commons library on Flickr, and download the free snaps at will. Just take note of the conditions.
If you’re in the mood for a simple stock image, look no further than Pixabay, one of the net’s largest repositories of licence-free images. With a simple keyword search, you’ll be presented with thousands of images relating to any topic you could imagine. Sure, some might be low quality or cheesy, but keep browsing and you’ll find the hidden gem.
Access thousands of images on the Pixabay website.
This site seems like the older cousin of Pixabay; with the same search-and-download function as the stock image site, you’ll be able to find the perfect images for your site. Where Pexels falls short is in quantity – it contains far fewer images than the gluttonous Pixabay. It makes up for this in quality though, as it eschews many of the cartoon-style pictures that Pixabay is famous for.
Find high-quality stock images on nearly any subject at Pexels.
No, you won’t be able to search through the archive very easily, so if you have something specific in mind, it can be hard to narrow everything down. Even so, Unsplash serves up a stunning visual feast on topics such as travel, interiors and food. The aesthetics are a little more artsy than the other stock image sites on offer but, if this is your thing, you’re in for a treat.
Click on to Unsplash to see some of the more beautiful photos the net has to offer.