According to Twitter’s own blog, attaching a photo when you post a tweet gets you 313% more engagement for your post. So it’s easy to see how, in this social media marketing age, stock images have become an important tool for your marketing success. Most stock images require you to pay a premium to use them. While this is typically the most common approach, there are free options out there that you should be using to your advantage. Below I’ve listed my personal go-to sites for free images I use for everything from web design to internet marketing.


pexels.com

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Courtesy of pexels.com

Pexels.com offers a lot of cool landscape shots as well as tech related images. It is my one of my go-to’s for “grab and go” images that I don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time on editing. Definitely worth checking out.


stocksnap.io

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Courtesy of stocksnap.io

Snapsstock.io offers a huge selection of quality public domain images at high resolution. They add hundreds to their collection every week and is worth taking a look.


gratisography.com

Stock Image

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If you didn’t know any better you would swear gratisography.com offered paid, premium images. Their personal and commercial use images are the quality of big name stock sites without the price tag. I highly recommend checking them out.


getrefe.tumblr.com

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Courtesy of getrefe.tumblr.com

This site contains mobile photos free for personal and commercial use. Mostly of landscape images that (for the most part) use filters.


freeimages.com (formerly stock.xchng)

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Courtesy of freeimages.com

I’ve found free images useful for finding elements needed for graphic design in Photoshop. You will need to create an account to get your free downloads.


freestocks.org

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Courtesy of freestocks.org

What I like about freestocks.org is that they use categories and tags to organize their photos which makes for a user friendly experience in finding what you’re looking for.

 

Disclaimer: Always read the license and copyright restrictions on allowed usage of outsourced photos. Some offer a full royalty-free usage while others have restrictions you need to review before using them.