If you are like most bloggers, you have a hard time finding quality, affordable photos you can legally post. Fret no more! Here are five great websites with free—yes, free—photos you can use to add a little flair to your blog.
1. Morguefile: This site is filled with amateur photos of anything you could ever want. Pizza? Check. Toys? Check. Bears? Yep. A close-up shot of a microwave? Yes, sir!
I’m not sure what kind of sites would use most of these photos, but I guess that’s up to you. While you have to wade through some less-than-perfect shots, many photographs are actually quite good, and all of them are free.
2. FreeDigitalPhotos: This great site is filled with quality stock photos. You know the ones I am talking about: those white-background, static, professional-looking pictures that site owners love to use. If you want a professional, high-quality look, check FreeDigitalPhotos first. Only the small photo version is free with the appropriate photo credit, but sometimes that’s all you need.
3. Woophy: This exotic photo site has a strange name, which stands for “World of Photography.” It offers a map of the world splattered with photo locations. If you need a glimpse into a specific culture or area, look no further. Whether you need photos of wild reindeer in Norway or Mongolians in traditional dress, they’re available.
4. Stockvault: Have you uncovered a need for colorful, artistic photos? Then check out this site. Though there are not as many free photos as I would like, the ones available are well worth a look. See the “most downloaded” tab for the photos used most frequently.
5. Unprofound: This oddball photo site is something to behold. What makes it different is that instead of searching for subjects like butterflies or cars, you search for photos by their dominant color. Need something green? There are eight pages of results. Blue? No problem. “Eclectic and odd” is the go-to phrase for this site.
Whatever the subject of your blog, you can be sure to find a photo for your next post on one of these sites. Check them out and see whether they can make your blog a cooler, more visual experience for readers.
Christine Kane is a graduate of communication and journalism. She enjoys writing about subjects like Internet providers. She can be reached via email. A version of this article originally appeared on SmartBlog on Social Media.