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Use Free Images in Your Blog Post Without Fear

Post ReBoot from 2013 With New Sites Listed! Many of these sites offer images under Creative Commons license, meaning you can use them for anything, change them up and even use them for commercial uses. But, it is always a good practice to CHECK the license, some require attribution, sometimes it’s just nice to offer them credit.
Most of these sites post images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. 
This means you can use the images without attribution, you can make changes to them, you can redistribute, and you can use them commercially. They give you a free gift. Remember to say thank you.
Photo by Pexels

Stock images are a very important part of blogging. Your blog posts pop when you add images, QUALITY images, are a must. I find that as a book blogger, I don’t necessarily need stock images on a regular basis. I’m sure you can commiserate because the majority of our posts are book reviews, or posts about a particular book. With these types of posts, the image that is needed is the book cover, or maybe a few reactionary animated gifs for flavor. But, if you are moving toward Bookstagramming, or non-review based posts, you are going to need good stock images.

The problem with using stock images is that it can get really pricey. A good, relatively cheap stock image is about $10, an expensive one, about $50. To avoid costs, bloggers go the illegal route and use Google Images…grabbing images from the internet without knowing copyright on the image. There are phishing scams out there that place images on Google Images hoping that bloggers use them, and then slapping them with an 8K copyright infringement penalty. It’s real. It happens. They don’t have to issue a takedown notice. Once you post it, you’re liable. Moral of the story? Don’t use internet images, use these great FREE stock photography sites, and make sure to always check the copyright.

Free Stock Photos
Free Stock Photo Sites

Reasons to use these FREE stock photo sites:

  • Avoid HEFTY copyright penalties
  • Create Beautiful Posts
  • Invoke emotional reactions to your posts
  • Offset your words with visuals
  • Increase the chances of readers, reading your posts
  • Increase shareability of your posts

The PJVs Top Choices


Ryan McGuire offers his images with NO COPYRIGHT. His images are high quality and they have a sense of humor that I enjoy.
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Pexels is a community site, all images are under CCo license and their search function is amazing.
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Skitterphoto doesn’t have a lot of photos, but they are pretty. All are free to use in any way.
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The site is a little hard to navigate, but I like how they have their images are sectioned off. Make sure to CTRL-Click when you click on an image so you don’t get lost.
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The above are my favorites, but there are a ton of other great sites if you can’t find what you need on those sites. Searching for the perfect image can be time-consuming, but in the end, it is worth it. Here is the big list:
Free Stock Images
Photo by Pexels
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Photo by KaboomPics
Free Stock Images

Photo by SpaceX Photos

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    Thanks so much for this information! I had no idea the fine was so hefty! Awesome list with most of the sites ones I haven’t heard of. 🙂

  2. Lizzy

    Thank you so much for this!! Amazing list, great resource.

  3. Vicki

    Thank you for this.


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