One of the most important things to find on the internet to enhance your website is quality ‘royalty free’ images for FREE and/or at a very affordable rate.
Great images make a difference to your website and it is imperative to have a great choice of quality images to choose from.
What’s more: you’re going to have to stay within the legal grounds of copyright rules. Let’s face it — your business is important to you so protect yourself at all times.
You need a source of quality images that come with limited to no restrictions.
We’ve broken down what we consider to be the TOP 8 image source websites.
We chose these websites simply because they offer everything that is required; excellent images, FREE or cost-effective, and legal — giving you peace of mind.
There are tips at the end of this article to keep you right.
Top 8 Royalty Free Images Websites
Need crisp, fresh images for your blog, newsletter or website? We’ve got ‘em. For just $9.90 a month (!) you can stream unlimited images online” ~ Yay Images
By far we found Yay Images to be the very best cost-effective image source website. If you are a regular blogger you might want to consider using Yay Image’s great range of high quality images. Their editorial images are outstanding where you can use images of top personalities (Hollywood stars etc). Visit website here >>>
Fotolia is a world-leading image bank, providing instant access to over 41 million images, vectors, illustrations and video clips, to ensure you’ll always find the one you need. Join more than 5 million people worldwide who already enhance their websites, brochures, reports and slides with affordable, royalty-free images, graphics and videos from Fotolia” ~ Fotolia
The range and choice on the Fotolia website makes them one of the front-runners. They do have a social media facility to allow you to use images on your social media platforms. This can be quite confusing so do make sure you read their terms. Other than that, Fotolia is one of the best places for great high quality images. Visit website here >>>
Over 410,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations. Finding free images of high quality is a tedious task – due to copyright issues, attribution requirements, or simply the lack of quality. This inspired us to create Pixabay – a repository for stunning public domain pictures. Your source for royalty free stock photos and copyright free vector graphics. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications” ~ Pixababy
For us, we found Pixababy to be astonishingly impressive with such a great collection. Easy search functionality that can bring up the image you want. We’ve used Pixababy and highly recommend to all in search of FREE images. Visit website here >>>
“Almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world” ~ Flickr
No wonder they have a large following and list of users. Flickr is a great site with endless images to use for your website and blog. Flickr is one of the leaders in high quality images with an enormous library. A definite must-visit for all bloggers and website owners. Visit website here >>>
Copyright free images for personal and commercial use at no cost. All photos and illustrations are licensed under creative commons and are free to use on websites and presentations. No copyright restrictions, no attribution requirements and no registration needed” ~ Freeimagebay
Fabulous stunning gallery of images too amazing to describe. Freeimagebay is a hugely popular source of images fit for any website purpose. Easy and no-nonsense site that might just be the perfect place for all your blog and site images. Visit website here >>>
Offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations” ~ Creative Commons
Perhaps the best all-in-one image source site for all your image needs. This is a great way to search for other image and media service sites in one place. Creative Commons is…dare we pun…’common’ for those looking for great images to cover a wide berth of content posting. Visit website here >>>
We created UPICM to make things very simple. You can use our pics anywhere, commercial or otherwise with No Attribution Required. In fact, there’s very little you cannot do and here it is” ~ UPICM
UPICM looks to be a very popular choice for sourcing great images. After rummaging through their gallery we dipped into their collection and found some cracking images perfect for our needs. What is even more interesting is during our research we found UPICM to be the one receiving some of the best feedback. Try it for yourself, we think you’ll be as impressed as we were. Visit website here >>>
The morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site” ~ Morgue File
A fairly impressive site for images. Their collection is quite vast and finding what you want is relatively easy. Having used Morgue in the past we discovered their choice was good, their website very easy-to-use with quick loading time, and above all produced an almost exact find for every one of our searches. Visit website here >>>
* Please do read all the terms in any website(s) you choose to use for images and any other media formats. Always check for rights, attribution requirements etc.
It is always wise to spend some time going over the licenses of the above and any other respective websites offering images.
Some sites (Yay Images in particular) may have great images of famous people that do require attribution under ‘Editorial Terms’. Please make sure you read all terms on all sites you wish to use.