You know, we are increasingly moving toward a visual social web, blah, blah, blah.
Yet when have I ever told you about all the online venues where you can find copyright-free as well as gratis pictures? Never!
That’s changing today.
But first, I want to share a few more reasons why including images in your social media marketing strategy is so critical.
Here’s a finding from Trend Reports that I found fascinating:
Most people — between 65 and 85 percent — also describe themselves as ‘visual learners,’ forming meaning and organizing thoughts based on what they see more so than what they read.
Think about Pinterest. People are more likely to follow other users not based on their profiles but based on the images they pin on their boards.
On Twitter, retweets increase by 50% when you include images. And look at the rapid growth of Instagram. The user base soared from 90 million in January 2013 to 300 million in December 2014. That type of growth is staggering.
Free Image Sources for Authors
So where can you find free images that you can use for quote overlays? Here are some great sources:
The host of this website says, ” Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.” Wow!
All images on this website are licensed under Creative Comments Zero, which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without any attribution to the photographer.
If you haven’t ever visited this website, you are going to love the images.
This is another great site to find images. Pixabay boasts a library of 350,000 free photos, vectors and illustrations that you can use without attribution or payment, even for commercial applications. Once in a while, the folks behind this website will ask you to buy them a cup of Java.
This website provides vintage images from public archives that are free of copyright restrictions.
This website provides stock images for free. If you’d like, you can make a donation to this website.
This website has some fun and unusual images. They are all high resolution pictures that you can use for free both personally and for commercial projects, such as your blog or website. The photographer for all of these images is Ryan McGuire.
You will find plenty of visual inspiration on this website, and you will need to copy the HTML code to give credit to the website and the photographer of the image.
You can search by any category including popular images, recently added images, the most downloaded images, and recently downloaded images. And, of course, these images are free.
This website has a beautiful collection of images that are copyright free that you can use for both commercial and personal use. New images are added weekly.
You can also purchase images for just $1 on Canva and if you are looking for additional sources for pictures, check out this post from Social Media Today. It includes a list of 20 sites where you’ll find free stock images.
This site an beautiful environmental images and 6,000 images categorized mostly by location. There are some lovely photos here.
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About the Author: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. You can receive a free copy of her book Twitter Just for Writers by signing up for her newsletter. Connect with Frances on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+