Images are a great way of making your blog more interactive and entertaining. A blog post without an image just looks like an intimidating wall of text.
Articles with images get 94% more views as opposed to those with no visuals. People are very receptive to images, and images help break up long walls of text. That’s why it’s imperative to use images in every blog post you write.
Right off the bat, let’s talk about the facts and legalities. Images are copyrighted to the photographer. Unless you have received permission from the photographer, or they’ve licensed their work for creative commons, any image you post falls under the US government’s doctrine of “fair use.”
The doctrine of fair use boils down to 4 factors:
You should also become familiar with copyright laws and licences in your country. The images you use should fall under these two categories:
Finding images that don’t have copyright liability is quite easy nowadays because there are a lot of royalty-free images available. The only difficulty will be looking for the specific image that will serve your purpose. As these are stock images, you’re not allowed to edit them.
You have options, though, so you’ll eventually find the stock image that suits your needs. My personal top three recommendations for royalty-free stock images are Pixabay, Unsplash, and Shutterstock. All three websites have all sorts of public domain and royalty-free pictures and photos.
Images are instrumental to the success of your blog posts. They add life to each blog post and keep them from being a boring wall of text.
Stock images are a very convenient way to incorporate images to your blog posts. As mentioned above, my go-to websites for stock images are Pixabay, Unsplash, and Shutterstock. However, keep in mind that stock images can be limited sometimes. When you really can’t find a stock image that specifically suits your needs, you’ll have to create your own.
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