When it comes to blogs on websites, images are extremely important to boost online engagement with your audience.
If you share a blog post on Twitter or Facebook and it doesn’t contain images, don’t expect to get many clicks and interest surrounding it whatsoever. You’re going to need images to space out your content and maintain the interest of the reader.
If you’ve just started a new business, you might not think buying a subscription to websites like Shutterstock is cost effective just yet, especially if you’re just beginning to publish blogs every so often. Once you get into the swing of things, you might choose to pay but for the moment, what is a good alternative?
The good news is that there are websites full of free images that are wonderful to look at and will capture the attention of consumers on different social media platforms.
There are a lot of websites for free images, yet many can be quite difficult to navigate around, making it easy to want to give up.
Here are the top 5 websites I use that I believe are the best ones out there. I think my picks are very handy to have in your bookmarks, just in case you need them!
This website is an absolute must and is currently on my bookmarks bar (that’s how much I like this one). Even if you don’t want to use these images for blog, they make wonderful desktop wallpapers.
I’m a fan of photography as it is but pretty much all of the images uploaded onto Unsplash are beautiful and edited extremely well. There is nothing cheesy about them and they look like.. well.. real life.
Every day, 50 new images are popped on for everyone to use, which I think is excellent. One thing I would like to see is an option to follow the photographer on Twitter or their other social media platforms. At the end of the day, these people are allowing us to us their wonderful photographs therefore, I would like to show my gratitude with a twitter follow and a tweet to say thanks!
2. Jay Mantri
This is another website that provides beautiful photography that will take your breath away. With 7 images uploaded every Thursday, it becomes something to look forward to. For me, it’s like waiting for my favourite magazine to hit the stands.
The difference between this website and Unsplash is that there is only one photographer and thankfully, the website is their Tumblr page, which links to their social media platforms (yay!), so you can follow and keep up to date with him.
The quality of these photographs baffles me because of how gorgeous they are. I just want to frame every single one!
Personally, I love this website. It has a very similar navigation to Shutterstock with a search bar on the landing page, making it very easy to find what you’re looking for, especially if you’re in a rush to publish a blog post.
Just like Unsplash, you’re spoilt rotten with 10 new uploads everyday, which quickly builds their image database to impressive figures. You are able to see popular searches and the most viewed images, which is really useful if you want to choose a photograph that is failsafe for your blog post.
One feature I absolutely love is that when you click onto an image, it will tell you details such as the colours in the image, the photographer, camera used and more.
For someone who is interested in photography, I love the fact you can find out exactly how this image was created and which software was used to bring it to life. If anything, it gives me inspiration to get into photography even more and experiment.
4. Life Of Pix
Simple and effective, this website is a brilliant start for people who want to use high quality photographs without having to waste time searching for them.
It’s easy as pie to download the images and upload your own if you’re interested in sharing your work. As well as beautiful images, they also have a good library of videos which links to Life Of Vids.
When you click onto the gallery, there is a wonderful category page that use glorious thumbnails (you’ll even notice a cheeky bum for the sea category). It’s clear they want you to connect with them on social media because they have different icons on the top of the page, which is one of the first things I clicked on.
I suggest you follow these guys and keep up to date with the fantastic images they share with the world.
Last but not least is Little Visuals. Each week you can download a zip folder full of their images from the website. The photography is beautiful, especially ones of countryside sceneries that are picture frame-worthy.
The only down side to this website is that even though the images are wonderful, you can’t search them. I guess it takes the faff out and works well for people who aren’t too specific about what they want however, if you are, it’s best to stick to the other options.
Due to this website only being live for 7 weeks, its in it’s early stages therefore, simple is what we expect from them at the very start. Who knows, down the line it could improve massively and become a go-to website for non-stock images.
Something that does work well at the moment is their weekly newsletter. If you don’t have time to scroll through the entire website, getting an email with the week’s collection is a good way to keep up to date without wasting valuable time!