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Finding Royalty Free Images for Blog Use

Posted by on 27th Jul 2011 | 8 comments

Finding the right images for each of your blog posts is a big deal. I know that I always want to have some screen shots or high quality images and clip art for my latest posts. Not only does it divide up your post content nicely, but the images will also get ranked in the search engines and used as thumbnails on social bookmarking sites.

One of the biggest problems with using images in your blog posts is the legal issues involved. Just because you can go to Google Images and search through a billion images that match your blog content, it doesn’t mean you can post them to your site. Should someone want to take legal action against you, it’s almost an immediate win if there is copyright issues involved.

So what can you do to keep yourself safe? Use royalty free images!

I’ve been using Depositphotos’s royalty free images for over a year now and it makes grabbing images for my blog posts a breeze. What’s even more important is that I don’t have to worry about someone else having ownership over the images, and they have a ton of images to choose from.

I just logged into my account and did a quick search for “blogging”. You can see all of the search results below. Once you select the image you would like to use, you can save the file directly to your computer and use it as many times as you like for future posts, ad creative or even word/powerpoint presentations.

The cost for downloading and using any of the images on Depositphotos will vary depending on the size of image you would like to download. I always use the smallest image size, which works fine for the blog, and ends up being around .50 cents per image. As you can see in the screen shot below, the smallest size on this image is 400×300, which is more than large enough for a blog post, and only costs half of a credit).

If you don’t want to spend any money on images, you can select from a few of the free stock photos they have on their site. If you are a graphics designer, there is also a massive selection of nearly 300,000 different vector images to choose from.

Depositphotos.com is currently holding a promotion for both bloggers and photographers, which offers a free trial subscription for site owners and special deals for high volume photographers.

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

8 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by John on 27th Jul 2011

    Thank you for this post! As a fellow blogger, I am in need of some images to spice up my posts. This really helps me with that. Thank you for the great information. Thank you also for the great information on the sizes of images that you suggest for blogging.

    • Posted by Zac Johnson on 28th Jul 2011

      Glad to hear. They have a great selection and I don’t mind paying 50 cents per image.

  • Posted by sam on 28th Jul 2011

    Thanks for sharing this very useful tool specially for all newbie bloggers because in my point of view a perfect picture gives some more impression on a reader.

    • Posted by John on 28th Jul 2011

      I don’t mind paying that either…the price is small compared to what it brings to a blog post. Creative graphics add so much to a post. They can really do a lot to enhance what may be an otherwise boring blog. Thank you again!

  • Posted by Fred on 1st Aug 2011

    This is a great resource. Sometimes I’m shocked at how many popular blogs I see that are clearly using copyright protected images that could possibly get them in trouble! It’s better to pay a small fee than get sued!! There are also some (usually smaller, less complete) image resources out for free, but the only way to reliably find the images you need is to usually pay a small fee.


  • Posted by Susan Carter on 1st Aug 2011

    Thanks for the info. I’m always careful to give full credit to the website owner of any image I use on my blogs, but now I won’t have to worry about that. Good resource to know.

  • Posted by expressionistaura on 2nd Aug 2011

    Wonderful! Blog gets pepped up with an image; a blog post without image is flat and dry. Being a blogger for quite some time, I see many bloggers using same picture over and over again. I need to accept, I do the same sometimes. But a great post to solve our problem. Thankzz a ton!

  • Posted by Nick on 9th Aug 2011

    What a great suggestion – thank you very much! This is the time to make a good make up for the blog for very affordable price :).

    Thank again!