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
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.