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Free Images for Your Blog or Website

Looking for inspiration? Images add visual interest to posts and SEO value.  Do you need a free wallpaper, background, header image or illustration for your blog or website?  Do you want to get the most out of image search? The quick and easy way to find free images you have permission to use is by searching for public domain images or those under the Creative Commons license. Here are seven free sources I recommend. 

Rear door of the Last Chance Store, built in 1857  Council Grove –

Google Creative Commons Image Search allows you to specify exactly what you are looking for. Take advantage of the usage rights filters on the Advanced Search and Advanced Image Search pages to find web content (such as text, videos, or images) you can reuse, share, or modify. You can use operators in the search box; Find pages that are similar to, or link to, a URL; Search pages you’ve visited; Customize your search settings.

Flickr is home to over five billion of the world’s photos and makes it possible to post content hosted on Flickr to other web sites. Visit Flickr creative commons section and use the advanced search feature to specify a search within the Creative Commons-licensed content. Sites that display content hosted on must provide a link from each photo or video back to its page on Flickr. This provides a way to get more information about the content and the photographer.

Wooden Doors

Flickr photo by schoschie

Wikimedia Commons is a gigantic repository of free images, sound and other multimedia files. Public domain images are not copyrighted, and copyright law does not restrict their use in any way. Wikimedia Commons images include public domain images and an huge collection of Creative Commons-licensed copyrighted work. provides free image downloads for use in corporate and personal projects. Images are free provided you publish a credit to Images can be manipulated, edited, have text overlayed, or be combined. No registration is required see the terms of use for more information.

wood bamboo shack

image © Emmanuel Salé
for CC:NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Stock.XCHNG has close to 400,000 high-quality, hand-picked stock photos and graphics. You will find what you need quickly and easily but Stock.XCHNG has a more complex image licence agreement.

morgueFile free photos allows you to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner.

OpenPhoto is a high-quality photo sharing platform created in 1998. Contributors offer their images for free under terms of Creative Commons licensing and usage conditions vary from image to image.


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42 thoughts on “Free Images for Your Blog or Website

  1. I use photos on my posts, but I try to use ones that I’ve taken. However, once in a great while a related image from some other source is cool. So, getting to my point, thanks for these links. I’m sure that they’ll come in handy along the way.

  2. Thank you so much for all the information you are sharing here. I am new to blogging, and therefore really appreciate any tips/advice I can find. As mentioned above, great foto too :)

  3. as they say: a picture’s worth a thousand words. I like to use to find and edit Creative Commons images – it’s amazing how many great photos people have made freely available

  4. Fantastic! I only use one of these sources regularly so I’m very happy to know about the others. I’ve used for the most part, which I may have found on your wonderful resource page to begin with!

    • Hi Sandra,
      I hope you are enjoying your digital vacation. I’m so glad that this post has provided you with more sources of free images. Thanks also for providing that link to

  5. Interesting and a bit disturbing that I should only just today (the 19th) have gotten the email notification about this post, when I first happened across it yesterday, and it was originally posted on the 17th. I thought those automated email notifications went out as soon as the post was published.

  6. Thank you Time Thief. I use mostly my own images on my blogs but I often need an outside image and don’t know where to turn or how to give proper attribution. This is very helpful.

  7. Curiously, I was just talking to someone today about the issue of using Creative Commons free images and attributing them correctly.

    I hadn’t heard of the last two sites
    . Interesting, thanks! Not that I use other people’s images, I have enough of my own! :)

    As for other sites… my own, new blog, has images in the posts that are okay for people to use, in exchange for a link. Here’s the info:

    • I think related images do enhance blog posts. Blocks of texts are not very appealing and related images can break up the text and add interest as well as providing some rest for the eyes.

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