Finding images

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SEO specialists will tell you that posts carrying images get picked up by search engines. Greater traffic helps build search rank. Google’s Advanced Image Search is one tool to find a image that is royalty and license free.

Please only source your images that are public domain and/or have royalty-free commercial use licenses associated with them. You are personally responsible for the adhering to image and the licensing rights. The links below provide resources for featured image sourcing: offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific. Each main category has subcategories, which allow you to search by theme. over 350,000 Free Stock Photos

Flickr: Granddaddy of photo sharing sites. It offers crowdSourced free photos. Other photos are available under creative commons for specific uses. allows users to have non-exclusive, non-transferable license to images. Wikimedia is an incredible source of free images for a huge range of topics offers stock photographs in high-resolution digital. The thumbnails are small, but your search results display quickly, and the photos are of top quality More than 2000 commercial images that can be used in commercial and non-commercial work.

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Search Engine Journal has the following advice regarding how to find to raise the visibility of  your site by adding linkable images that don’t violate copyright law:

  • Public Domain Images are free to use however you want. For instance, pictures taken when working for the U.S. government or any pictures that you can download from a government website are automatically public domain.
  • Right Protected Images are bought for a certain length of time for a certain project. These images are usually negotiated beforehand with the photographer, and for a fee, you will have exclusive rights to the image during the arranged time period. While good for big businesses, these are not very effective for website designs.
  • Royalty Free Images are also purchased, but after the one time fee, you can use the image however you like. However, other websites can also purchase the same image