Where To Get Free Images For A Website

By | December 13, 2015

Have you ever wondered where to get free images and pictures for a website?

Where to get free images for a website

If you are new to the world of website ownership, you have most likely struggled with this dilemma.

Most new webmasters think that they either:

  • A – Have to pay for images, or
  • B – Have to attribute, or give credit to the original creator

In this article, I will share with you 3 of my favorite places that you can get images and pictures that are not only free, but require no attribution at all.

How do I know if the images are really free?

When you are searching for websites that offer free pictures, you need to ensure that they are operating with a creative commons zero license (CC0).

What this basically means, is that anyone who uploads any content to their site has waived any and all copyright, or similar rights that they may have had for the content they freely provide.

This means that you can use the content any way you like. You can download, distribute, use on your website, modify and use them without royalty or credit.

I really like the “modify” stipulation in the CC0. What this means is that if you find an image that you really love, but there is some small part of it that doesn’t fit your site quite right, you are free to edit the image any way you want.

Now whether or not you want to give credit to the creator is completely up to you. For me personally, it will depend on the content of the article I’m writing.

At some point in this article, I will add an image and give credit to the creator so that you can see how it looks.

Do I even need images on my website?

If you are wondering whether or not it’s worth your time to go through the process of adding images to your website, here are a few things to consider.Where to get free images for a website

  1. People enjoy images
  2. People share images
  3. People search images

People are naturally visual.

When I visit a website, I enjoy looking at the images the owner presents to me. I will be much more likely to engage with the site and spend more time reading the content. As a website owner, this should be your ultimate goal; the more time a visitor spends on your site, the more likely they are to take the action you want them to.

Not only do people enjoy looking at images and pictures, if they are accompanied by quality content they will be much more likely to share it with friends via social media and other means. This can be a huge bonus to you as it has the potential to deliver a lot of free traffic to your site.

More and more, people are searching the internet for things they are looking for using “image search”. If you have a few images on each of your posts, you will increase your chances of capturing even more free traffic. This is another awesome bonus you get with adding images.

Think about how you would react if you landed on a website that was just a giant solid block of words. Most people will become bored quickly and will most likely leave your site even faster! This is bad for many reasons, but most importantly, your visitors are going to be less likely to return to your site.

Whether or not you add images is ultimately up to you; you are the webmaster. Just remember that you could be missing out on free traffic that will be more likely to engage with you.

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OK, we get it! Now show us where to get free images!

Alright… I hear you!

Without further ado, here are my 3 favorite websites that offer free images that you can use on your website.

#1 – Pixabay

Pixabay is my personal favorite for free images simply because of the huge library of images available. I usually have no problem finding an image that goes nicely with the content I’m creating.

Where to get free images for a website

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

This awesome HD image was found on Pixabay. Although it is completely free to use any way I want, I added an attribution so you can see how it looks.

  • Please note that after you enter your search keyword on Pixabay, you will be taken to the display page showing the results for free images for the term you entered. The images displayed at the top of the page contain a “Shutterstock” watermark. These images are not free.

#2 – Skitterphoto

Skitterphoto is newer to the scene of free images, but they have been adding more and more images every day since their launch in 2014. While their library isn’t quite as extensive as some others, the images found here are unique in the sense that they are original.

All the images are uploaded by Skitterphoto users, not from other sites.

Where to get free pictures for a website

This sweet picture was found on Skitterphoto and is free to use however you want on your website.

#3 – Stocksnap

I like using Stocksnap because they add hundreds of new images every week and almost all of them are HD quality.

Where to get free images and pictures for a website

This awesome picture of the Golden Gate Bridge was found on Stocksnap and can be used however you want on your website. If you were writing an article about this bridge, wouldn’t this be an awesome image?

Well, there you have it. These are my top 3 picks for websites that offer 100% free images and pictures that you can use any way you want.

Please do keep in mind that it is your responsibility as a website owner to read the license agreement that accompanies each image you download.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of websites that lure you in with the word free. I’m not saying that they do this to intentionally get you in trouble, just that this is how they get you “in the door”.

There are other websites that operate under a CC0. The 3 I showed you here are just my personal favorites. Inside these 3, you will find tens of thousands of free images. If you want to look for other sites, be sure to look for the CC0 license, and always read the licensing agreement for each image.

Better to be safe than to be sorry.

Remember, sometimes you are going to find an image that you just can’t live without. It is perfectly o.k. to pay for pictures that you feel you must have. They are usually pretty reasonable with pricing and I often times pay for the perfect image. Just look for the free ones first.

Believe me, I know the expenses that can be associated with maintaining a website. This is why I like to write articles like these to help us all save money wherever possible.

Bonus resource for free images for your website

A couple of weeks after I published this article, I was looking for some images for an article I was writing.

I wasn’t having any luck with my normal spots, so I decided to do some searching.

During this frantic search, I stumbled across a unique site that had some really cool pictures on it that are completely original. The entire site contained pictures that were taken by the website owner.

I thought the site offered a good variety of pictures, so I decided to add it here as an extra option for some unique images for you to use on your website.

Bonus Site – LibreShot.com

Where to find free pictures for a website

This cool original was found on LibreShot and can be used on your website for any purpose you choose without attribution. The site operates under CCO public domain license.

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If you have any other questions or concerns about where to get free images for a website, or would like to share your own favorites, please leave a comment below and I will get back with you as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by ~Jeremy

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2 thoughts on “Where To Get Free Images For A Website

  1. Jennifer

    I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. This article just saved me from so much frustration. I’ve been looking for images for going on 3 weeks. Some sites were okay, but had clauses attached. I went to your number 3 choice and found virtually everything I’ve been seeking. Thank you!

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Awesome to hear Jennifer!
      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the article; Where to get free images for a website.

      I hope you find everything o.k. and if you need a hand with anything, please let me know.
      I have found a couple more resources for free images and will be adding them soon, so don’t forget to check back in. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by ~Jeremy


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