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:
Bigfoto.com 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.
sxc.hu: 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.
FreePhotosBank.com allows users to have non-exclusive, non-transferable license to images.
commons.wikimedia.org: Wikimedia is an incredible source of free images for a huge range of topics
MorgueFile.com offers stock photographs in high-resolution digital. The thumbnails are small, but your search results display quickly, and the photos are of top quality
FreeDigitalPhotos.net: More than 2000 commercial images that can be used in commercial and non-commercial work.
OverviewProject: visual document mining for journalists
The Knight Lab: Tools to create timelines for your articles
Poynter’s News University: tutorials on digital tools for journalists
Videolicious.com: Great tool for making video/image driven stories
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