BLOG POST BY LAUREN LEAL, DIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT AT THE NEWS FUNNEL
From a beautiful blog to a pop of color on your social media page, an image can make all the difference when it comes to attracting the eyes of your audience. But stock photos can be a costly investment, and downloading images from just anywhere on the internet without permission can put you in legal hot water.
The good news is – there are plenty of places online where you can download professional photos to use in all your CRE marketing materials without the expensive photo licenses. Keep in mind that some of these photos will require attribution, so it’s best to check each website for its individual rules around its photos.
Pixabay has a large, searchable database of professional and artistic images free for the taking. Select the photo by size and immediately save images without even having to sign up for an account!
StockSnap.io is a great resource for thousands of free stock photos and high resolution images. There are no attributions required and the site adds hundreds of images daily so you’ll never run out of snapshots for your blogs and social media.
Pexels makes it easy to find that perfect image for your latest blog post or Facebook ad. With a comprehensive tagging and search system, you’ll find the ideal image in no time.
Unsplash has become one of the most comprehensive and popular sources for stock images. The Unsplash team hand picks its new submissions and features only the best – all for free under the Unsplash license!
Burst is part of the Shopify platform, and offers free stock photos for entrepreneurs. It was launched for the sole purpose of helping business owners create better products, websites and marketing campaigns. As opposed to just lifestyle images, Burst provides in-house images that are focused on business niches.
Don’t feel like searching one of these databases for the perfect image? Death to Stock Photos takes a slightly different approach. Every month a photo pack of 10 images within a specific category will be delivered to your inbox. Select the category most aligned with your business and let the photos come to you.
Looking for a vintage flair in your stock photos? Look no further than New Old Stock. It has all those vintage photos of the past from the public archives that are free of known copyright restrictions. Let your clients take a step back in time with New Old Stock.
Building a beautiful website or blog doesn’t have to break the bank when it comes to finding beautiful images to keep your audience visually entertained. Use some of these 100% free and royalty-free stock photo websites to get just the right shot without the expensive price tag.
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