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Regardless if you own an online business, are a freelancer or run a blog, high-quality images are an absolute necessary. The reason? They can generate more clicks and boost engagement on your social channels. This probably has to do with the fact the 90% of all information that is transmitted to the brain is visual, while visuals are processed 60,000 times more faster in the brain than text.
That’s all well and good. But, where exactly can you find these images without getting in any sort of copyright trouble?
Your best is to search for royalty-free images online.
But, first, let’s go over some basic royalty-free terms.
Royalty-Free: This allows you to use intellectual property without having to pay royalties or license fees.
Creative Commons: You can use these images for free since the artist has waived their rights to their work. However, always review the terms before publishing these images.
Public Domain: If any image was created in the United States prior to 1923 then they’re part of the public domain. This means that you’re allowed to copy, modify, or distribute these images without permission.
Attribution: You can use these images as long as you give credit to the author.
Commercial Use: You’re permitted to use royalty-free images for any type of business venture.
Membership: You must sign-up to the site in order to use the royalty-free images. Some sites will charge you for membership.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some websites to find amazing royalty-free images:
- Shutter Stock
- Stock Snap
- Adobe Stock
- Getty Images
- Public Domain Pictures
- Foodies Feed