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I think we all know that images can add so much to our content. Even if they’re relatively simple, they help make things look more visually appealing and can break up big blocks of text. So here are 5 sources of images that I regularly use to spice up my content. Most are free!
This is a paid tool, but what you get for the price is amazing. I have been a happy paying subscriber of iClipart for years. The name suggests that it’s all clipart, but there are actually loads of stock photos on there too. Note that the license terms mean I can use these in personal projects like this blog, and I was also allowed to use them in websites I sold (but I never use them with PLR or projects that’ll be distributed to multiple people).
Although there are plenty of images available on iClipart, they are more standard stock images. Flickr is where people can get a lot more creative, so I often head there to search for images I can use (for free!). Note that you can only use Creative Commons images – not all uploaders at Flickr want you using their images and that is totally their call! But many generous people have licensed their images under Creative Commons so you can use them as long as you include an attribution link.
3) Pubic Domain Images
Public domain images can be a real mixed bag. Sometimes the images are poor quality, and it isn’t always easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. On the other hand, however, they come with an amazing license – you can use them however you like! And they’re free! So I scour through public domain images whenever I want to use them in PLR, that way I won’t be breaking any license terms. Click here to view a site that lists a number of public image sources.
(Added 2015) If you want photos that have a bit more feeling to them then I definitely recommend Unsplash. These images are all free to use however you like, and you’ll get a variety of subjects covered. It’s especially useful for photographs of nature and cities.
5) Boxshot King
Boxshot King is a bit different to all the other sites, but I had to include it since I really love this tool. It’s what you can use to turn simple images into 3D ecovers, or even put them on the front of a tablet screen like the image you see here. I use this to create many of my own PLR store covers! Click here to see them in action.
If you don’t like the yearly fee, try My Ecover Maker as a monthly alternative.
Whatever you do, note that you cannot simply head to Google and use any images you find on an image search! Like content, images are copyrighted, and only public domain images are completely free to use however you like (be careful if they feature brands or people, though – different rules apply to those). Even if you buy royalty free images, there are still terms that govern how they can be used, so be sure to do your research and email the image company/ photographer if in doubt!
Over to you: Do you have a favourite image source you’d like to share?