50 Places to Find Free + Attractive Images for Your Website

Blogging Tips, Tools & Resources

Whether you’re planning for a new website or maintaining an existing site, you’re going to need images for your website and plenty of them. But please, hear this and hear it good, you can’t just pick and use any old image from around the web.

There are copyright laws to follow and the possibility of infringement fines if you ignore them and no-one needs to be dealing with the complexities of internet law amidst trying to run a small business single-handedly.

Why swiping images from the internet is a terrible idea.

I once got a distressed email from a friend with the subject line: Eek!
She went on to say: I’m not sure what to do. I just got a letter asking for $913 as a fine for using a Getty image on my website. Have you come across this before? I’m gutted, I had no idea!

At first, I thought it must be some kind of scam but after digging around on Google I found so many others had been hit with similar infringement letters threatening a lawsuit. Yes. A lawsuit people!

And the fines were absolutely ridiculous ranging anywhere from $900 – $4000 for the inadvertent and probably innocent use of a $4 – $50 image!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I totally agree, folks undoubtedly must be compensated for their creative work and it is totally wrong to take images at random and use them in your own work without permission or adequate licensing.

What I don’t agree with is the way the folks at Getty Images in particular go about recouping costs. The letters they send out are designed to bully and scare you into paying the fine without you even entering into mediation. Let me remind you that most folks guilty of violating copyrights don’t even realise it’s a thing! Sad but true.

Getty Images don’t even send out a “Take Down Notice” or Cease and Desist” letter first. They cut straight to the chase asking for ridiculous sums and threatening legal action if you don’t pay.

If this has happened to you or you’re going through it right now, this article has great tips for responding to their demands + will help you navigate the situation.

Whether you're planning for a new website or maintaining an existing site, you're going to need images and plenty of them. But please, hear this and hear it good, you can't just pick and use any old image from around the web.

Now that you’re aware of the possible ramifications of not abiding by copyright laws, let me show you how to avoid them completely.

50 Places to Find Free + Attractive Images for Your Website

Thankfully, there are plenty of free sources to find post-worthy images for your website. (Read: Google is NOT one of them.) The following sites are free to use with simple licensing that’s easy to understand:

Free to use however you like. Simple!

I’ll be updating this list as I find more places to sources images, because…  variety!
If you’ve got some great sources of images that aren’t on the list, please comment below with the link! Thank you!

P.S I’ve also collated a list of my favorite S T Y L E D stock photos. Wondering what they are and how they’re different to this list? Take a look.

The Website Planning Checklist

Have you downloaded The Essential Website Planning Checklist yet?

I invite you to go ahead and do that now. Anyone with a little know how can build a website but few people are aware of the planning and strategy involved in building a website that actually works to meet your goals.

 

GET THE CHECKLIST!

Pin It on Pinterest