Bland articles are not getting many views these days. If you can’t find a way to spice up your content with videos or images, then it is only a matter of time before your website fails completely. Knowing this, you have probably looked into using stock photos once or twice before now. Before you start copying and pasting photos into your article all willy nilly, there are a few things that you’re going to need to know:
Not All Free Stock Images Are Free
There are hundreds of sites out there that promise royalty free stock images. Pay attention to where these pictures are coming from though. They’re not always owned by the sites that are selling to you, and you can get in a lot of legal trouble for using pictures without permission. Make sure to read the usage rights on the pictures that you use as well. There are many that won’t allow you to use their images for commercial purposes, so if you’re looking to sell on your blog then you are going to have to be careful.
Beware Of Getty
Most of you are aware of Getty images. Very few of you are aware of just how much trouble they can cause when they want to. Any image that is owned by Getty is one that you’re going to want to avoid using. This site loves sending letters of service for using their photos. Don’t fall victim: run a search through their system before using any images.
It can be scary trying to find an image worth using. It sucks, but your diligence now will save a ton of headaches down the road. There are good sites and good images out there, so put in a little research time today and find some stock photos!