Important Update!

This training was published over six months ago. It has been widely received and appreciated. However, more information that augments and further improves the content of this training has since been published in my sequel training.

Please, in addition to going through this training, be sure to go through the follow-up training as well - this will ensure that you are completely up to speed on the subject matter.

That training is titled, "Google Images that you CAN Use - Part Two, Follow-Up Training" and you can click on the title to go to it.

Okay. On with this training ...



We all love Google. It is the easiest, fastest, most thorough search engine on the planet.

But when searching for images to place in your website's post or article that are relevant to your content, Google images are not all free to use. In fact many - even most - are copyrighted and if you use them without prior consent of the author/owner, you could be subject to a lawsuit. At the very least, the author/owner could demand you take the image off of your website.


Awkward.

And potentially disastrous.

But of the millions of images available on Google, there are plenty of them that are free to use - you just know how to filter through the masses of images and locate those that are available for use without provocation. This short tutorial will help you to find them.

So first off, and let's say for this example, we are doing a post on "Healthy Foods". You go to Google, and enter in a search for "Images Healthy Foods". You will see this appear on your monitor:

and of course, you could scroll down for minutes and minutes to reach the end of all the images ... there are hundreds, maybe even thousands.

But you don't know which ones are public domain, so we need to do an "advanced search" ... to do this, start by clicking on the options icon in the upper right hand corner of the page, as in the next image:

Did that? Cool. On the next page I will show you how to do an advanced search.

If you find this tutorial helpful, please click on the green "LIKE THIS" button and leave a comment.



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Mrt553 Premium
Wow I never knew about the advanced search option in google. Thank you so much for sharing this!
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are welcome. Also, and I need to update this training, because this is important, be sure, when you select an image marked as reusable, that you click on "view page" - there, you will see if attribution is required in order to use the image. If so, simply edit the image in your post or page and add the caption:

"Photo Attributed to Author: (name nere)"
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Mrt553 Premium
Yes I did notice that thank you. Luckily the site i went to didn't need attribution and could be freely shared personally or commercially.
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Dslater Premium
This is great, thank you :)
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Aelbeltagui Premium
thank you very much
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saimanasa Premium
thank u so much
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manimekalai Premium
nice training. thank you.
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Dom550 Premium
Thanks for the training!
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are welcome - hope it helps you. :-)
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onlinejim Premium
Great advice. Many thanks
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are most welcome. :-)
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Hamish-S Premium
Very good to know. I wasn't aware that Google's advanced search had these options. Actually, since Google switched to using that obscure little icon for their advanced search, I've occasionally forgotten it existed at all. But anyway, thank you for the information.
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keenanO Premium
Thank you so much! glad i can still use the power of google without getting sued :P
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PhoenixFlame Premium
Wow! This. Was. AWESOME! :D

Thanks so much, now I know exactly what to do when I want Images from my best friend/Search Engine Google. ;)
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sheiladane99 Premium
What a great training. It helped me a great deal when I was looking for pics for an optin page I was doing.
Sheila
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ajellington Premium
This was so useful! I've always wondered about how to find free images for my blog, and now I know. Thank you so much for sharing!
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are welcome. And please, also read the follow up training I just published today - there is MORE you should know, okay?
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ajellington Premium
Will do! Thanks again!
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MoritzS Premium
I would like to add that you still have to attribute most of those images when you want to use them.
When you check their licences most will say "attribution required".
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tgodfrey39 Premium
How do you check licenses to see if attribution is required? This is where I am stuck. It seems that this is not so simple as doing this advanced search on google and then using any and all images that have been filtered. I have no idea how to attribute something from google images, if necessary. Please let me know if you get a chance...thanks!
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TheOldSilly Premium
Stay tuned, Godfrey, I am putting together a follow-up training right now. There have been several people voice the same concerns, and I will address licensing and attribution procedures/requirements if and when they are necessary, okay?
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tgodfrey39 Premium
Sounds great thanks! How do I find it when you are finished?
Tim
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MoritzS Premium
Hi.
Sometimes it is really not easy.
But on sites like wikipedia/wikimadia and flickr it's easy. (When I use advanced google search it mostly shows me images from those sites at the top.)
You just have to go on the site with the picture and you will find the license there.

You will see the "C" for creative commons there and that will tell you which license is used.
Everything in the "public domain" can be used without attribution, by the way. So when you see that somewhere you can just use the image.

If I can't see anything about a license, I do not use it.
If possible you could try to contact the owner of the image, if you find contact information of him.
Artists often let you use their pictures when you attribute them, but you need to ask first.
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are following me now, and I will follow you back, so you will see the announcement alert in your email, if you have your notifications turned on for such announcements.
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tgodfrey39 Premium
OK great thanks.
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tgodfrey39 Premium
Sounds great thanks!
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TheOldSilly Premium
The follow-up training is now published, Godfrey:
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TheOldSilly Premium
Moritz, please see my follow up training, at:
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tgodfrey39 Premium
Great thanks so much! Very helpful! Quick question if you don't mind...I find that when I visit the page of a lot of images, there is no info on sharing them. You can't click on them and they don't say anything at all. Should I stay away from these?
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TheOldSilly Premium
Godfrey, you need to read (and LIKE, please!) my follow up, Part 2 training on this subject. -
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tgodfrey39 Premium
Sorry...I did read (and just Liked) the follow up. There are just some instances where you filter everything as you showed, then "Visit Page" to get more info on the image itself, and it will just be used on someone else's page. There is nothing else to click. Just wondering what to do in these instances since there is no one to attribute it to and no info on what sort of sharing license it is. That's my only question...the training itself was great. Thanks!

Tim
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TheOldSilly Premium
Tim, I have run into that, too. I sometimes go ahead and use the image, if it was offered under usage rights that say it is reusable - if the author wanted attribution, he/she would have said so when publishing the original page.

But that's me - you may decide to leave the image alone - I agree it is a gray area, and I will usually check to see if I can find an alternative image to use before going ahead and using the "gray" image.
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tgodfrey39 Premium
Great thank you so much! You have been a huge help. For awhile I was stuck and didn't know what to do...now I can keep moving forward. Thanks again!

Tim
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are most welcome. :-)
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vladsofronie Premium
Wow. Everything has become so easy now thanks to you mate!!!
Wonderful fantastic post. You just gave a huge push-up for my websites with your helpful post! Great job.
Thanks a lot!
Cheers!
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sully730 Premium
Thanks for the advice! I do have a question though, I have heard that even if you take these measures your not always in the clear; and that some of these images still may be copyrighted. Maybe I'm just being over cautious but is there a way to for sure check if they are copyrighted or not? Last thing I want to do is get myself into copyrighting issues..thanks :)
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TheOldSilly Premium
You could inquire with Google, if their image usage categories are true or not. If you used an image from Google that Google had told YOU it was "labeled for reuse" or "labeled for reuse, even commercially", and then you got in trouble with the author or photographer over copyright and usage violations?

I'd have my lawyer go after Google, for false advertising.
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sully730 Premium
Ok, good point. I doubt anything will become of it, but I just wanted to be sure, thanks for the help!
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AndrewF1 Premium
After spending so much time...

YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!! KEEP UP THE AWESOME POSTS!

I'm following you. =)
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TheOldSilly Premium
Thanks Andrew, glad I could help. I'll follow you back. :-)
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calkins0510 Premium
Thank you SOO much for this. I never realized you could do this. You are an obvious person to follow on here!
I really appreciate you teaching us how to use Google images without getting into any legal trouble.

Cheers!
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TheOldSilly Premium
You're welcome, Chris, and I followed you back. We will stay in touch, ok?
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wardchambre Premium
This is terrific
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MauriceSr Premium
Great information... That's a lot!!!!
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Bluette Premium
thank you very much, I was struggling with images for 2 days, looking for free sites, but they didn't offer what I needed. This is perfect. all the best
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pahr53 Premium
Thank you TOSilly,

This was a great help in getting free images.

Paula
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wdejarn49 Premium
I would like to say, you've taught me something today. I was paying a monthly subscription for images. Now I can save on that part of the business. God Bless you guys :)
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zhanua Premium
very clear, thnx)
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Indi-Em Premium
Thank you for the great tutorial.
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TheOldSilly Premium
Welcome, Indiem. :-)
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JoeMag23 Premium
Excellent training. Thanks Marvin.
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Loes Premium
Hi Marvin, I have added this blog on the resourse of freeimages.siterubix.com, thank you!
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TheOldSilly Premium
Hey, so cool of you, Loes, thanks!
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Loes Premium
You're welcome:)
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hilarybassak Premium
Thanks for that -very useful
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AnaSantos Premium
Sooooo helpful! Nice technique.
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Caroline1 Premium
Thank you for this information!
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dflancto Premium
Great stuff, I was anxious about using images on my site, now I can use this technique to put my mind at rest!

Cheers
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MWieringa Premium
Thanks so much for sharing. This s really helpful.
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mwanzaw2002 Premium
Awesome training sir. Loved it
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LacyNicole Premium
Awesome training.
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pmenke Premium
Great training, thanks for sharing!
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LookingUp Premium
Thanks for sharing. I will bookmark for sure.
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TheOldSilly Premium
Glad it was helpful, Looking Up - hey, could you also please click on the "Like This" green button? Thanks, that helps The Old Silly out with WA's ranking system.
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larryf20865 Premium
thanks oldsilly
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kiliwia62 Premium
Great job Marvin, thanks for doing it. :)
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Loes Premium
|This is great, I didnot know this, thanks Marvin!
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TheOldSilly Premium
WHAT?! I actually showed something to LOES that she hadn't known already?!

I've gotta mark this day on the calendar!!! ;-)
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Loes Premium
Haha, remember I was a newbie, a nitwit 6 months ago:) all I know I learned the last six months:)) here on WAU
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TheOldSilly Premium
The learning curve around here is like on Mach 10!
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PFaber Premium
As always very useful! Thanks for sharing!
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Sui_generis Premium
This is great. I've never gone to the advanced settings. I use Pixaby a lot for images.
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MsDebbie Premium
Excellent work! Thank you for sharing!
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TheOldSilly Premium
Tnx & you're welcome!
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RJScot Premium
Thanks very useful
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renelmiller Premium
This is great info and helps me immensely! I thought I was going to have to end up paying someone else to use their tons of images just so I don't have problems with them after using them all freely; you are a great help for me tonight. Thank you so much.
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are very welcome, Rene, glad I could help. :-)
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Larry MaC Premium
Very good information. Thanks for sharing.
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NancyLian Premium
This is awesome! Thank you for sharing :-)
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are very welcome, Nancy. :-)
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healthierguy Premium
Awesome technique. Thanks for the great training.
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are welcome, Heath :-)
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Candace33 Premium
Yes I do use this a lot. Typically I go for free to use, share, modify even commercially, just to be safe. However, if I don't have the intention to modify then you're right that's seems pretty safe to use. Great job!
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TheOldSilly Premium
Thanks, Candace. Yeah, I looked into it, and if you don't need to modify an image, the wider selection is the way to go, and completely legal.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
I've been using this technique for a couple of weeks. The only thing I do differently is to select the bottom choice. "free to use. share or modify, even commercially."
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TheOldSilly Premium
Good for you, Phil, and I agree that option gives you even more latitude. I don't often find the need to modify an image, so I opt for the wider selection. But it is good to have that option available when needed, too.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
I modify most of my images. I never considered the other choice giving a wider selection.
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MPoirier Premium
Thank you!! this was really helpful!!
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are most welcome, I was so happy to find this out, just hadda share, teehee
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TheOldSilly Premium
Hey MPoirier, if you found the lesson helpful, please click on the green "like this" button, ok? Helps the Old Silly out a bunch, Thanks!
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MPoirier Premium
Np, liked it xDl
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