Here are some helpful ways for you to quickly find new images to put on your blog or website:
- Do a Google search for images, advanced options, and search for ones that are “labeled for reuse.”
- In fact, Google Images let you search based on whether images are “labeled for reuse,” or “Labeled for commercial reuse,” or “Labeled for reuse with modification,” or “Labeled for commercial reuse with modification.”
- Use webshots.com. graphics.com, stockimage.com
- Use stock exchange: http://www.sxc.hu/
- Use www.doverbooks.com and sign up for their newsletter. They send you a link for free graphics each week from their work.
- If you use the Firefox plugin Zemanta with your blog, it loads Creative Commons photos that fit with your post based on the words in the post. (Today’s image is from Zemanta.)
And as a bonus, click here for an awesome search engine (courtesy of Seth Godin) that pulls up vintage ads that fit your search terms. Usage rights for them vary, but it’s a really fun tool to use.
Whenever possible, I’m going to use my own camera to produce the images for this blog, but these are great resources, and I hope you find them useful. (And, of course, let me know if I’ve left any great sources off this list – I’d love to revise this blog with new resources!)