As bloggers we all know it is good to put images on our blog contents. Having a nice image can enhance your post and can attract more visitors to stay longer on your blog. Putting an image will also help in SEO too when you put your keyword you are ranking in the alt-text field. However many of us face the problem of sourcing free images for our sites. Finding these free images takes time and sometimes pose a real risk as you are not even sure if you can freely use them as many of them come with some restrictions and limitation. Are they free only if you link back to the source ? Or do you have to buy the images to be able to use them on your blog?
There are of course some bloggers who intentionally or not intentionally used them and get themselves legally into trouble. Yes I know of a good friend of mine Alan Mater unknowingly violated the infringement law as he shared his unfortunate incident in his post:
“…It turns out that one of the images I was using on my site violated the copyright, seeing as how they couldn’t determine that I owned a license to use the image for my own use.
Obviously this was a complete shock to me… and still is. The image in question had been in use on my site for at least two years. So you can imagine my surprise when, after all that time, I get a cease and desist notice…”
Using Free Images Can Be Risky – If you do not know what you are doing
Well most of us may think such things will never happen to us but for Alan it did and he had to pay a fine of $450 as a settlement amount for not getting permission to use a Getty image on his blog. So the risk is very real and we should take reasonable steps to ensure that we do not suffer the same penalty even if we are ignorant. Unfortunately the law is not too forgiving when it happens.
The Easiest Legal Way of Finding and Using Free Images Here for your Blog
I have found a great method of finding images legally with no fear of any infringement violation. You can use for free, and inserting these images to your blog post is only a couple of clicks away.
1. Install the WP plugin which I will show you where to download
2. Go to your post you are creating or edit post if it’s published. Then click on the icon (arrow):
3. Put in your relevant keyword to search for image (e.e.g lose weight or weight loss):
5. Insert it to your post
6. That’s it!
Get The Free WP Plugin Here: