No matter if you try to find free and high-quality stock images for a simple document, presentation, your online business or an affiliate marketing website, the task can easily be overwhelming.
We went from barely any resources available to an abundant flood of different sources and pages.
These are my favorite websites. I use them regularly.
But the best part: You can download and use the photos for free and for any purpose – including commercial – without needing to give any credit to the creators.
On purpose, this is NOT an “ultimate guide on stock images” or “498 great stock photo websites” kind of article.
Online Business Dude focuses on practicality and speed of implementation, and in most cases “more” doesn’t mean more valuable.
Quite the opposite.
Now, let’s dive in.
Hands down, Pixabay is currently our go-to place when we need a free stock photo or image.
The variety of images is just awesome and you don’t need to worry about complicated image licenses.
That’s why they usually are our first choice.
You can find Pixabay’s license here.
If we don’t find what we’re looking for on Pixabay, we immediately go to Unsplash.
Again, you can use the photos for any purposes and don’t need to give any credit to anyone.
That’s awesome and we often find great photos on Unsplash.
You can find Unsplash’s license here.
The good old flickr, around since 2004.
In terms of licenses, it’s not as simple as Pixabay or Unsplash.
While looking for photos on Flickr, I’d suggest searching only for “No known copyright restrictions” (see image above).
Since I prefer simpler license models, I don’t use Flickr very often.
But the variety of images you can find here is incredible.
When you find something interesting, make sure to double-check the license, best would be an image under “Public domain” (see below).
In terms of usage rights and “legal simplicity”, Pexels is just great.
You can find their very simple and fair license here.
Sometimes you can find the best photos on Pexels, although they’re often curated from other sources.
99.9% of the time you don’t need more
I could go on and on and list more websites, but 99% of the time you will find the photo you are looking for on one of these websites.
If you know about and regularly use another source, please let me know about it and I might add it here.
Here are the links again
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I hope you found this article to be helpful.
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Hi – I’m Tim, the founder of Online Business Dude. I run a couple of websites, but here I openly share what works when it comes to starting and growing online businesses. I specialize in content marketing, SEO and PPC, always value first and performance-focused. Let’s get in touch & stay awesome!