You have not finished your blog content until you go to the image banks and choose its graphic design.
If you are a blogger who likes to write, it is likely that when you finish writing a post you will have the pleasant feeling of “that’s it :)”. It lasts just a few seconds because you immediately react and the thought is “Oh no! Grrrr images are missing ”.
It always happens to me.
I admit it, it’s not my favorite part and I’m pretty clumsy about it. Surely, that’s where it comes from my admiration for designers and creatives.
However, I must admit that a post would not be so nice without dressing up with images. So I decided to subscribe to all the posts that are published on image banks.
Today it’s my turn to write about it, so I’m going to list those tools that I use regularly.
Why do you need to use images in the content of your blog?
It is easy to answer this question if we put ourselves in the role of reader. Do you prefer a post with images or all the flip text?
The one on the right, I imagine.
Well, that detail that seems pure aesthetics has other positive effects for your blog that you are interested in knowing:
- one. Make reading easier for the user: The feeling of reading with images is more pleasant, so you are improving the user experience. This affects SEO.
- 2. You retain more time in the post to the user: the longer the stay on the web, the better positioning of the post in the search engines.
- 3. You encourage to share the post– Shared posts usually include the featured image of the post. But there are those who prefer to include the interiors, to differentiate them or because they have the focus on the subtitle of that image. Each image in your post could represent a content curation.
- Four. Position in Google Images: Don’t forget that the images also have their space in the big G and they can find you that way.
What should the images on your blog be like?
Since these 3 reasons are very powerful, I have already convinced you to use images, right? Now, is any kind of image worth it? No.
I leave you only tips on this, because it is so extensive that it would be the reason for another post.
Define your style
There are those who prefer vector images and others who prefer real ones. There are image banks for each type of content, we will see them later.
So, the first thing you have to do is choose a style that you like.
Keep that style constant
The second is to maintain that style. It is important maintain a visual identity so that your brand gains consistency. Don’t mix vector images with real ones on the same blog. Keep a line and you’ll get your posts recognized for just this.
This blog is a great example of the two tips we have seen.
Watch that you can make legal use of them
Some images are free to use, but not all.
Sometimes the mention to the author is required or that we do not give it a commercial use.
You will have to find out what is the requirement of each one.
Think that there are image banks that are free and, in others, it will depend on the author.
15 free image banks for the contents of your blog
Almost all of us who have started our blog have used free image banks. It is a comfortable, easy and cheap resource.
Therefore, the posts on these utilities are many.
In the following list that I have prepared I have highlighted the aspects that seem most useful to me on each website. There is a subjective touch, I do not deny it. But it seemed essential to me to be able make recommendations that help you.
Maybe you know some of the banks I’m going to mention, but if you want your blog to have personality from the first post, maybe this is the time for you to open your eyes to other sources of inspiration.
I suggest you go all the way down the list because there are some very little known but very interesting image banks.
Let’s go see them.
Pixabay is surely the image bank with which we all know in this world.
We have all used it and sometimes the photos are repeated on different blogs. But this has a solution: browse their results pages and edit the image you choose before uploading it to your blog.
It is pleasant to use and is in English. Here you will find real images, vectors, illustrations and videos.
The search engine works very well and has many options to filter the results. Its contents are free to use.
Don’t be surprised if he asks you to invite them to a coffee. It is his way of asking “the will” for his work.
Foter is the second image bank I started using when I started blogging. Their website is not one of the most beautiful, but its filters are very practical, especially the one that allows you to select content for commercial use.
Although the website is in English, there are searches with words in English that also offer good results.
Pexels is another of the most popular image banks.
The best thing about Pexels is that it openly shows that your entire collection can be used as you want. You will hardly find any vector photo here. You have numerous categories to search in.
It offers a section in which, taking into account the advice I gave you above about the visual style of your blog, you can filter by photo colors. This is very useful when you decide to lay out a post in the same tone.
Highly recommended Unplash.
I usually go to this image bank when I need something more urban. It helps me give a personal and different touch.
Although it doesn’t allow too many filters, Unsplash upload 10 new photos every day. You can see them on the home page or subscribe and receive them via e-mail. This option can be very useful if, like me, you save images that you think you will need later for your projects.
Their collection does not include vectors and they are all for commercial or personal use.
I love Freerange for when I need illustrations. It also has photographs. Of course, it is not a very large bank and you can find that there are no results for your searches or that it shows few options. You are going to need to complement it with the following two that I name.
Here you need to register to use it.
Freepick goes beyond being just an image bank. The plus has it in the huge database of vectors, icons and PSD files it offers.
If you are one of those who make their own image, starting from a base, you will like this tool a lot. You will find a great variety of resources in it.
It offers a freemium format, which means you must recognize the author when you publish it. Although, if you prefer, you can subscribe and opt for a Premium.
It is in English because it is a English company.
Vecteezy is another image bank specialized in vectors and illustrations.
This is another one I like to go to when I need these styles and it’s in English.
It offers you 3 search options: by your keyword, by categories and by the most recent images that have been uploaded. This last option is fun. You can find one that surprises you.
EveryStockPhoto is a search engine that tracks other image banks, also free. Therefore, its database is huge. That means you have to be aware of the license to use each image you see. But it is not inconvenient because, in the advanced search, you can make this filter with 8 different types.
The truth is not one of my favorites.
9. The Stocks
The Stocks is another repository for different image banks, although it works differently than EveryStockPhoto.
You choose the format you are looking for: photos, color photos, videos, icons, mockups, and font types. From there, it is The Stocks who recommends the image bank that best suits what you are looking for. Click on it and it will take you directly to its website.
It’s like having it all in one.
Burst is the Shopify image bank.
Every week they add new images that you can receive by email if you subscribe. I must say that the photos are very beautiful, so much that many times I browse a category instead of using the search engine. Highly recommended.
11. IM Free
As its name implies, IM Free makes it clear that its resources are free to use. The photographs are of great quality.
I recommend you take a look at the categories because you will see that some of them have few units. Others, quite the opposite.
My recommendation is that you know it because it can help you at a time when you cannot find the image you are looking for elsewhere.
Kaboompics is one of those image banks that has different images and character. They have a current aesthetic.
But the strength of this website is that, once you choose an image you can download it or see others from the same collection. And if you are a designer shows you the color palette that appear in it.
Essential. Know it.
You can not stop visiting the Rawpixel website.
It is a high quality image bank, whose photographs have been uploaded by users. In addition to the typical search engine, it has 2 more utilities that I really like:
- Prints that you can buy to be framed (in the art section).
- Section of public domain images being obtained by patience from scanning books (no intellectual property rights).
OpenPhoto is a little known repository, but with very good quality images.
It has numerous categories and highlights a photo a day that always has a detail that impacts you. A good complement to the image banks that you use regularly.
15. Free Images
Free Images has a wide variety of categories.
Some of the photographs he presents are very curious and creative.
If you decide on this website you must take into account that you will have to register to download images. Also, you may have to pay for some.
We have reviewed a good list of free image banks. Of course, you have the payment options. Sutterstock, Depostphotos or Fotalia are quite popular.
You decide how you want to work the images for the contents of your blog, but I recommend that you don’t go crazy with so many tools either.
There are many more. At the end, it’s about finding those image banks that you identify with or that reflect the style you want to show.
I hope you find my impressions useful and help you choose what is best for you.
Digital Marketing, Social Media and Social Selling Consultant. Specialist in digital strategy and focused on how to sell on the Internet. Teacher in master’s and postgraduate courses in digital marketing and perfectly knowledgeable in the logistics and transport sector. More than 20 years in sales. University training in Psychology.