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Images, likely one of the most confusing and scary aspects of building a website for folks. To be honest, there is no reason to feel like this. Within this training I am going to show you some of the most popular sources of "royalty free" images for your website.

I am also going to be offering you two strategies for creating your very own images, covering the spectrum within absolutely any niche.

Royalty Free/Free Use Images

In this training I refer to a few different royalty free/commons images sites. These are:

Do note that just because images are on these sites does not mean they are copyright free. Some authors will want you to give them credit for the photo, some will give you "full purpose" access. This is an image on image basis.

And there are some CC0 (Creative Commons ZERO) sites, which essentially means the images are full public domain and you can use the images how you like.

One thing you can do to find the "full purpose" (ie, no rules) images, is to do a search in Google:

"I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." + type_of_image

In this case, if I was searching for a picture of a raspberry, I would search:

"I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." + raspberry

Screen Captures

I also walk you through taking "screen captures" for your website. To do this, you can use the following software:

  • SnagIt (30 day free trial)
  • Droplr (completely free)
  • Print Screen (on PC) or Apple + Shift + 4 (on Mac)


Taking Your Own Photos

Almost all of us have a camera these days attached to our smartphone or tablet. This is a perfect opportunity to take photos of ANYTHING. If you are in the dieting niche, you don't have to go further than your fridge to get some high quality images of food. If you are in the "dog training" industry, take a picture of dogs when you are out and about. Electronics, go to your local electronics stores and start snapping away on products you want to review and put on your website.

You take the picture, you OWN the picture and rights to that. Make use of this technique, it is very powerful.

Using Paid Images

I also tend to use "paid" images sites, sites in which you can just search and buy an image for usually less than $1 per image (you can get cheaper with subscriptions). One of the main sites I recommend with super high quality images is..

You can use these images several times throughout your websites after you buy them, there typically are not royalty fees for ever use of the image.

Inserting Images into Your Website

I also walk you through the process of uploading and inserting these images into your Wordpress website.

If you have any questions about "images", please leave your comments below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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Darren69 Premium
I don't comment much since I'm so focused learning what I can with the free time that I have, but I have to say that since I joined WA, none of my free time has been wasted. The tutorials are excellent and with each lesson I get an AHA! moment. This one was definitely an eye opener.
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wealthwoman Premium
When I signed up for the Starter pkg. in 2012, I wanted to sign up for the Premium pkg. so I could keep going. WA can be a bit addicting.
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sjulien Premium
Most stock photo sites now require a buy-in to download images. They usually start around $15 to $30. Depending on the size and quality of the image, they charge you 1 to 5 credits or so to download the image. One of the best ones I found is CanStockPhoto.com. You can sign up for $9. Small photos are around 75 cents each. Fotolia.com is now Adobe Stock. They charge $30 for their buy-in. No longer a cheap option.
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donyutuc Premium
Thanks for this information, Sharon! You've passed me and you just joined! Awesome!

Cheers!
Don
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sjulien Premium
No problem! I've been a web designer for years, but I joined this community for the marketing and general support. Thanks for your feedback! :-)
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Gamborreta Premium
Let's then take the Rolex example... If I were promoting Rolex watches in my site, would there be any problem if I go to Rolex official website and take images from there? After all I would be promoting their products anyway.... I mean, I wouldn't mind if I were the Rolex's owner....

So, can anyone go to the official websites of the products they are promoting and take images from there.... to keep promoting them?
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MarkPerkins Premium
Interesting question.
I personally would email them and ask for permission, explain what you are doing.
As a photographer, I would appreciate that.
I have done that for some videos as well and they have always been happy.
Also, draws their attention to the fact that you are promoting their products

Mark
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Gamborreta Premium
Thank you Mark.

What you say it seems the right thing to do.

I appreciate it.
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Rgunter9939 Premium
I just added a couple of images to my content. When on the edit pages the images are to the left and right of the text. Just the way I want them. But when I save and look at the published page the images have moved to the top and the text starts one line below the images. Any idea about how to fix this?
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wallactb Premium
Try moving your curser. I believe the photo is inserting where the curser is. I also think you can adjust the text wrap around the photo such as "in line" "underneath" etc. It is an icon that has a small box picture image with three lines to the right of it. Hope that isn't too confusing and helps fix your problem.
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Rgunter9939 Premium
Thanks for your response. I set the cursor to the left of the text and the image goes right there. The text wraps to the right of the image just like it should. But when i go to live pages the image sits on top of the text. Can't find the icon you talking about. Sorry.

Bob
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lgobeille Premium
I really appreciate the lesson on screen shots. I've never done them. Will have to practice! Quick question: has anyone ever run into a problem taking pictures of merchandise in a store? I wouldn't think anyone would mind, but do you have to mention the store, like in a caption?
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drjec Premium
Its a good idea to acknowledge where a shot comes from if its a store specific display. Stores set up displays to motive shoppers so someone could object to finding a display online. Something informal acknowledgement would good. "Here's an example of the kinds of paper clips available display in Penny's Pen and Paper in Pittsburgh, Pa." I don't think it really matters if you just have a shot of a pair of shoes or a boat without any identifying information in the shot.
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JulieHarris Premium
I had that same question. I would imagine it would be best to ask permission. Especially if it is something with a brand name. I would think photos of generic items like fruit or produce would be okay.
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