When you need an image better than stock photo
Images bolster your opens, clicks, shares… you name it.
Your audience loves images.
It’s why Instagram’s popularity is skyrocketing and Pinterest is a major source of retail traffic.
Pinterest refers up to 40 times more visitors to HSN.com than other social networks.
Pinterest also dominates social media shares.
Original images related to your post work best.
But you don’t always have original images on hand.
Neil Patel reported this week that Infographics, animated graphics, screenshots, graphs/charts, and even stock photography works for blog posts. He says that royalty free images performed the worst.
Stop spending your hard-earned cash on stale stock photography!
I thought you might like a list of some
good great free or super-low-cost image sites that offer stunning images. Feast your eyes on these:
- Unsplash http://unsplash.com/ (stunning free images)
- Death to the Stock Photo http://www.deathtothestockphoto.com (free and paid subscription)
- Little Visuals http://littlevisuals.co/ (really great landscapes to overlay quotes for your Facebook posts)
- New Old Stock http://nos.twnsnd.com
- NASA http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/#.U-1xy_ldWSo (all government images are free to use)
- National Park Service Digital Archive http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/imagebase.html
- U.S. Department of Interior “Best” http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/the-45-best-photos-from-the-department-of-interiors-instagra#1vm4uxq (giving you the “top” list because there are almost too many images on Interior’s Flickr site)
- Picjumbo http://picjumbo.com/ (if you like images with great angles)
- Gratisography http://www.gratisography.com/ (if you’re looking for avante garde imagery)
- Getrefe http://getrefe.tumblr.com/
- IM Free (requires attribution) http://imcreator.com/free (nice because it’s categorized, some of the images border on stock photography-looking)
- Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com/ (7 new images every Thursday!)
- Public Domain Archive http://publicdomainarchive.com/
- Magdeleine http://magdeleine.co/ (requires attribution on some photos)
- Foodiesfeed http://foodiesfeed.com
- Picography http://picography.co/
- Comfight http://www.compfight.com (yeah, it’s royalty-free and you must attribute, but you have so many images to choose from, you can usually find quality images)
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