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A Visual Guide to 28 Free Image Sources

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Most people love images; free images are even better. How about high quality images that are free? Even better.

Humans are visual creatures; our brain simply processes images quicker than plain text. You would see almost every content marketer and blogger use at least one image in their post.

Why? To simply grab attention, break up the content, engage the viewer and get more social shares. Content with images get shared more often than those without.

Most blogs that talk about blogging related topics like how to blog and how to make money with a blog always have at least one post on where to find free images.

The irony is that none of these blogs have a visual guide, so we went ahead and created one. So here it is without further ado a visual guide to finding free images online.

28 free image sources

A Visual Guide to 28 Free Image Sources – An Infographic from YourEscapeFrom9to5.com

  1. Pexels– This is one of my favourite sites with quality images that are creative common zero (CC0) licensed. This means you can use the image without any restrictions even for commercial purposes. No links required.
  2. Wikimedia Commons– A bit of a hit and miss in regards to quality and engagement levels of images.
  3. GettyImages – With over 50 Million images that are searchable. You will need to copy an embed code to use the image. The embed code includes the proper attribution link.
  4. Public Domain Archive – Images collected by bloggers with both contemporary and classic images.
  5. Free Images– In my humble opinion a bit of a hit and miss when it comes to quality and variety of free images.
  6. Open Photo – Great pictures of nature and more. Tags from arts and weather.
  7. New Old Stock – Awesome for vintage, black and white pictures. Use only for personal or non-commercial use.
  8. Picography– Great high resolution pictures with CC0. No categories but has a handy search feature.
  9. Creative Market– Free weekly images, themes and fonts with a paid service.
  10. Stokpic – Free images, videos and vector files for both personal and commercial use.
  11. Foodies Feed – The name says it all. Food bloggers take note.
  12. Stockvault – Modern images rich in colour. They are not all free so do check the license.
  13. Unsplash– Great for travel bloggers with iconic locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Statue of Liberty. There is no search feature and at times it is hard to find exactly what you want.
  14. Photopin– Searches Flickr creative common images and provides attribution links.
  15. A Prettier Web – Free images and themes targeted at the female population. As they say ‘everything is prettier in pink’.
  16. Picjumbo – Image categories range from animals to wedding and everything in between. Easy to navigate site with tags and a search feature.
  17. SplitShire – A bulk image download option that lets users download 500 images is pretty cool. Images can be used for personal and commercial use with no attrition or links.
  18. Death to the Stock Photo – Free monthly image packs on email or get access to the complete image library for $15 a month.
  19. Gratisography – Quirky images that are outside the box is what Gratisography is known for.
  20. Morguefile– Another source for quirky images that are of high quality. Some images require attribution and a link back to the author so do check before using them.
  21. Dreamstime – Well known for their paid image library. Check out their free images tab, free logos and banners.
  22. Pixabay – Great collection of free images and vector files for designers. Categories range from architecture to travel.
  23. FreeFoto – 3,640 image categories to choose from. All images require attribution and a link back.
  24. iStock – Free stock files every week that include audio, video, cartoon and animated image and multimedia files.
  25. Boss Fight – Great image collection that can be used without any hooks. The objective of this site is to be the boss of all image collections in one place.
  26. Flickr Creative Commons – Check the creative common licensed images and some pictures will need an attribution link. Flickr can be great source for vibrant images as anyone can contribute to their image gallery.
  27. Stock Snap – By now you must love the term ‘creative commons zero’ or CC0 – that’s exactly what you get here with great high resolution images.
  28. Google Images– Good old Google, be aware of licensing restrictions as not all images are free. If you click on ‘Search Tools’ under Google images then you can select a ‘usage right’ that suits your need.

Wrapping it up

There are many ways you can spot a new blogger; one way is to look at the quality of the images they use – traditionally the image quality is not great. New bloggers normally depend upon Google image search without knowing not all images can be used free of cost or restrictions.

I am sure you will find at least one site that satisfies your free image search ‘taste bud’ from the list. Images are not only good for user engagement but they also have SEO value, think about Google search where images are listed for most searches you perform. Use the image sources wisely as some may be better for certain niches than others; some require attribution and links.

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Cent is a regular contributor to Social Media Today and Business2Community; he loves the laptop lifestyle and escaping the 9 to 5 through his blog SocialMediaMarketo. He has a passion for creating and marketing visually stunning content like infographics.

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3 Tips for Bonding with Blogging Influencers

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Forget traditional influencer marketing. We want to go deeper.

Bloggers teach influencer marketing from a less genuine space sometimes. Imagine learning how to try to get someone to do something for you. Manipulation marketing. Fear-based marketing. Problems arise; spam folders become your landing spot. I observe a decent percentage of influencer marketing emails in my spam folder because fear-pitches get labeled as spam and become spam, 100% of the time.

What is the solution? Learn how to bond with blogging influencers.

I remember people who befriend me. I admire people who endorse me or promote me. I appreciate people who buy my course or eBooks. I love people who generously help me for months. Guess what? Bonding with established bloggers influences the influencers. I do stuff for dear blogging friends I do not do for anybody else. If a friend sends me a guest post and their writing is tight, I place it. Even if said post spans 1000 words or more – my minimum count is 600 – I place it without hesitating. Friends found my heart. Friends influenced me through kindness and generosity. I am largely putty in their blogging hands.

Instead of trying to manipulate a successful stranger, bond with a friend. Change your approach to influencer marketing. Make friends. Help without asking. In time, blogging bonds form organically. If you practice writing, the world becomes your oyster because influencers take you to new levels of success, without you even asking.

Follow these tips to bond with influencers.

1: Buy a Resource

The best way to bond with an influencer is to get inside their heads.

Influential bloggers had to influence influential bloggers on the way up to become influential. Invest in a resource like my influential blogger eBook to learn how influencers do it. Speak their language. Connect. Take their viewpoint. Learn how to be influential yourself.

When you discover how to be influential through my resource you in essence, learn how to influence, influencers, by bonding with these pros.

2: Spend a Few Months Giving Not Asking

Bloggers I remember, then befriend, spend at least a few months giving and not asking. Someone buys my course, publishes 10 comments on my blog, and retweets my posts 10 or 20 times during a 3 month period. These people pop up on my radar screen because they gave and asked for nothing. Bonds form. Friendships develop.

Retweet fellow bloggers. Help them. Feature fellow bloggers. Open your blog to guest posting. Guest post on other blogs. Comment genuinely on blogs. Buy products.

Ask for nothing, for at least 3-4 months. Allow friendships to form organically. Blogging friends help each other because blogging friends trust each other. Influential bloggers fall into this helping lot too, as you generously serve them, ask for nothing and polish your writing skills. I gained more endorsements from pros by being generous than through any other method. Help influential bloggers. Ask for nothing. Influential bloggers help you without you asking for a darn thing.

3: Never Rush the Process

Some blogger friend requested me on Facebook a few moments ago. I scanned my messages to see his business pitch in the “other” folder. He simply rushed the process of pitching an established blogger. I appreciate the friend request but pitching your business before generously helping me ensures I ignore all future messages. He rushed the process so I let him go.

Perhaps he smartens up and begins helping me generously without asking for anything. After a few months of helping me and asking for nothing, we bond. We become friends. From there, the opportunities are limitless. Even if I do not use his service, if he has skills and a reputable business model I can share his services with my readers.

Good things take some time. Never rush the bonding process.

Allow bonds to form organically to do influencer marketing right.

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How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?

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I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.

In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.

I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.

Blogging and Fitness

Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.

Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.

I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.

Gratitude

Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.

Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.

Get fit.

Don’t quit.

Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.

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Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals

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After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.

Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.

A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:

  • referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
  • referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you

I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:

  • the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
  • I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified

Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time

Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.

12 Times Daily Sales

I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.

The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.

Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.

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