When you have a website or a blog, it is inevitable that you will be using images. The problem is that you cannot make use of just any images that you find on the web. For most of the images, you’ll find that they are copyrighted. If you are to use an image that has copyright, you could find yourself in quite a bit of trouble.
Some people made use of copyrighted images, thinking it was fine, but ended up paying a lot of money to the owner after he threatened them. If you are only starting out, I would suggest that you use free images for a website rather than paid ones (if you don’t have the money for paid images).
Where can I get free images?
The best thing to do if you want free images to use on your blog or website is to take them yourself. By taking the photos yourself, you are the owner and you don’t have to worry about someone coming after you for using their photos.
Another upside to taking your own photos is that you can sell them online. This way you can make an extra bit of cash on the side.
If you want to download free images for a website, there are plenty of websites which offer these opportunities. Some of the websites include:
What if I can’t find the free image I’m looking for?
It is all good and well to use free images, but you will get to a point where you are looking for a more specific image or you’ve just about used up all the free images in your niche. What now?
Well, it is now time to look at paid images. If you think about it, the small price you pay in order to use an image is not much at all. This one image could just make the difference in your blog post and could possibly make you a lot of money. Some of the websites where you can buy images include:
If you spot an image somewhere that you really want to use, the other alternative is to contact the owner and ask him/her if you could use their photo. You would probably have to pay a small fee or give credit to the owner, but it all depends on who the owner is and if he is fine with people using his photos.
In conclusion, if you are only starting out I would suggest using free images for a website. This is the best way for you to get your site underway without paying too much money.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a more specific image, I would advise you to take the photo yourself or make use of the paid websites. Often the paid options have a lot more images to choose from.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post. Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think.