This is a very common question that gets asked a lot in chat, "Where do I get free pictures from?" and I aim to answer it for you. I know when I started I was typing in for photos in my niche and I was finding lots and lots of stock photo sites where you were expected to pay for each image. Well, I just couldn't afford that so somehow and very luckily for me, somebody happened to mention the site pixabay in live chat.

I thought it would be a great idea if I checked it out and now, 20 months down the line I do not nor do I need to use anything else! If you cannot find a good picture then type in different keywords trying not to be very specific and you will usually find one that you want/need!

I will guide you through step by step how you can choose an image, upload it to your computer and get it on your site. It will be so easy to follow!



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Dunvant Premium
Thank you learning from WA all the time
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Trujunco Premium
Thank you,Simon. I shall wander away now with a better picture of things...Appreciate your kind effort.
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yarg Premium
Thank you, this exactly what I have been searching for, Cheers for now.
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sdawson Premium
Pixabay is simply the best. To pay them back, I've both uploaded some of my own images and donated a few bucks.
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@RICH. Premium
I've commented on Pixabay below, be aware that it's not risk free and that therefore you are comfortable taking such risks!
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sdawson Premium
Thanks, I've been warned.
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Kricket24 Premium
Thank you for the amazing tutorial! It really came in handy!
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Simowatto Premium
you're welcome Kricket! ;)
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@RICH. Premium
I always recommend that members read the T&Cs; of any service that they use.

It's worth noting that Pixabay doesn't warrant that their free images are copyright free, and that in the event of any dispute you agree that you can make no claim against them and also that you will indemnify Pixabay if any claim is brought against them because of your use of a copyright image that you got from their service!

See the last couple of paragraphs here: https://pixabay.com/en/service/terms/
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Simowatto Premium
yes, duly noted Rich!
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Hari S Nair Premium
Don't scare me Rich, I have been using pixabay for past 3 years, have been saving screenshots of the license though!
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@RICH. Premium
I'm afraid their licence is worthless. If you read the T&Cs; you'll see that you agree to indemnify Pixabay in the event that any of their images you use are not copyright free!!

Pixabay and similar sites obviously cannot guarantee their images because they make no checks on who uploads images to their servers. There's nothing to stop me hopping over to http://vogue.com, right clicking half-a-dozen images and uploading them to Pixabay under the name of Mickey Mouse. However, under their terms, not only are you liable for the misuse even though you downloaded them from Pixabay but you agree to pay any costs or damages awarded against them too.

I strongly recommend using a stock library that offers indemnity, such as Stock Unlimited http://www.stockunlimited.com who offer up to $25,000 per image in the event of any dispute. You can download a 1000+ images from them for $9 secure in the knowledge that they have verified the identity of those who upload to their servers, which is why they can afford to offer compensation in the event of any dispute.

http://blog.webcopyplus.com/2011/02/14/legal-lesson-learned-copywriter-pays-4000-for-10-photo/
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Hari S Nair Premium
I understand what you just said, but the thing is there has been a lot of tutorials in WA that suggests pixabay so a lot of guys like me having been using those images on our site, you were probably the best person around here to advise on the image thing and in your absence, I have done a mistake of using those images without thinking twice and I don't even have a count of how much images I have used..man this is worrying me now..I will be subscribing with stock unlimited, but I have no idea what to do about what's already done.
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@RICH. Premium
Unfortunately this is an issue, new members create training without understanding all the implications of what they're recommending. You can always replace your images with licenced ones if you want to be risk free.
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@RICH. Premium
If you follow my ancient training here you can grab 30 images for free from Bigstock. Then when you cancel, you should be able to grab 150 for c. 30¢ each. Adobe are offering 10 free images at www.stock.adobe.com for new signups.

Dreamtimes http://www.dreamstime.com are offering 5 images for $1.

etc. etc.
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Hari S Nair Premium
Well that is going to be a very hard task because I have 350+ posts on my site and each post contains more than 3 images..I will do it gradually, better be late then never. But I can't do anything about the social shares, but they won't cause any problems it seems once I change the images on my site.

I remember that Big stock offer Rich, you know what I actually used two credit cards that time..lol...

I am done with free images even if it is safe, I guess I will go with stock unlimited, Just want to be carefree and unlike earlier, now I have money earned from this work so I don't really mind paying money for images that will not put me into trouble in future especially as I will be needing a lot of them ahead.

But I think WA needs a tutorial from you especially as a warning for people using images from random websites.. maybe a wake up call for everyone like me who are doing it even after having a money making blog just because they have got into that habit of getting it for free.
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@RICH. Premium
The biggest risk isn't actually being asked to pay compensation, but that a copyright holder will file DMCAs against your site. I file an average of one a fortnight, and I got my first death threat last summer, from the owner of a site that got entirely deindexed after I filed a DMCA against it!! I think that's the worst possible outcome, losing years of hard earned rankings over an image.
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Hari S Nair Premium
Alright, I don't know about others, but that's enough for me to buy images and I am going to replace all of them within next two months. Rich, never was aware of such things happening around thanks a ton man.
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Hari S Nair Premium
Here's Pixabay forum where they have answered the questions that they do check images in every possible way:-

https://pixabay.com/en/forum/questions-about-pixabay-11/just-being-extra-careful-tell-me-again-that-these-401/

I don't know the technicalities but I have not seen much images there that seems to be uploaded randomly. Have you found any case where someone uploaded an image by stealing it from other sites something like that?.. I just want to make sure if it is okay to keep the images that I have already used..is there any technical way of doing this?

The case you provided was of when someone found an image via Google search, I have not found any such cases that indicates sites like this especially Pixabay have got someone into trouble.
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@RICH. Premium
In the end, it's up to you to decide whether or not you're willing to accept the risk.

I'm aware of at least one website owner who has had a copyright infringement notice filed against them after using an image they downloaded from Pixabay. They also frequently receive takedown notices but refuse to alert users who have already downloaded those images that they now know those images infringe another persons copyright, ie. https://lumendatabase.org/notices/13209655#

Pixabay admit in their comments on that forum link that you posted that they make no checks on the identity of the people uploading images to their servers nor do they guarantee they are the copyright holder and have the right to label the images free to use. They also rarely have signed model releases when an identifiable person is shown in an image.

If Pixabay were confident there was no risk of copyright infringement, they'd be willing to offer indemnity as for example Stock Unlimited do, to the sum of $25,000 per image in their case.

However, as you can see in their T&Cs; not only do Pixabay explicitly state that they don't offer any guarantees whatsoever about non-infringement, but in the event there is a claim, not only are you liable for your own infringement and your legal costs, you are agreeing to pay Pixabay's damages and costs as well.

However, if you're comfortable with taking the risk, then by all means go ahead, I'm simply pointing out from experience that it's not risk free and every member should be aware of this, so they can make an informed decision.

In my case, I'd never risk years of my work over an image, but that's just me!
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Hari S Nair Premium
Yeah I can see what you are trying to say, but as said earlier I am pretty much willing to use paid images on my site it is just that going back and changing pics of so many posts that worries me, not only it is a lot of work to do which will take at least 2-3 months but also I am afraid if doing that will effect my ranking because images and also the alt texts gets ranked..
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MargaretMus2 Premium
This is very helpful Rich, thanks. I was in the process of down loading images from a free image website. I will use stockunlimited
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skmorrow Premium
Thank you for this information. I just checked out stock unlimited, and they have a ton of images. I am going to use this site. I have heard you rant about image and have decided to take this seriously. I have looked at other sites that charge for imagees and they are either super expensive, or they just don't have many good images. I am really surprised, $39/year, or as you said, $9/month. It will be nice to have peace of mind when using images.

Steve
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Hari S Nair Premium
I am using stockunlimited now and it is awesome :)
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CRios Premium
Thanks for the info it helped me out a lot. I Know you can get into trouble for using pics so I wanted to be sure where exactly to go to find what I needed.

Thanks again!
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Simowatto Premium
you really are most welcome matey :) Just use pixabay they are free :)
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amgolf Premium
I Think picture on the internet in google have something like license and maybe take you to court. Terrible!
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Simowatto Premium
Yes, it i s true BUT THESE ARE free to use for business purposes :)
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gifted76 Premium
great training
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Simowatto Premium
thank you G I am to help :)
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Karax Premium
I've just seen that.very informative and well done! thanks for taking the time to create this.
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Simowatto Premium
you are welcome to it my friend!!!
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WAwannab Premium
Thanks Simon!
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Simowatto Premium
no problem mate :)
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HoraceT Premium
Thanks man. this is just what I needed!
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Simowatto Premium
you are most welcome mate :) Glad it helped.
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Lisajane24 Premium
Thanks Simon, I need all the help I can get! lol :D
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Simowatto Premium
Haha you're welcome my friend!
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EDias Premium
Thanks Simon! I am verz excited to try, But why I can not use the picture I have chosen twice?
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Simowatto Premium
It's just not good for SEO as repeating if you think about it, well it's lazy and also google looks at it as boring mate
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David58 Premium
Good job. I had forgotten you could not use a photo twice. Thanks for the info.
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Simowatto Premium
you are most welcome David!
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Lisajane24 Premium
Thank you for this :)
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Simowatto Premium
youre welcome LJ :)
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PraiseGod2d Premium
I just went through your training on How to Get Free Pictures. Thank you so very much! I needed that. Reita - learningmyBible.com
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Simowatto Premium
mate, your so welcome, I hope it helped you. I really do mate :)
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Pelleborg Premium
Thanks for these instructions. I am amszed that almost always there are some unexpected tricks to get thongs working. Tha is know how
Cheers Peter
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Simowatto Premium
haha you are welcome Peter most welcome I just try and help! lol
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jofa Premium
Thanks for this hint.
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Simowatto Premium
you are most welcome mate
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Pelleborg Premium
Thanks a lot. This is coming handy.
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Simowatto Premium
Glad to help ya :)
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Tahyen Premium
thank you so much for the help .awesome to know that when ever you get stuck you know you can count of the WA community for help thank you.
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Simowatto Premium
haha yes that is true it is great eh!
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johnwnewman Premium
Pixabay is great!
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Simowatto Premium
haha it is yes
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Lotus11 Premium
Thank you! Thank you! :)
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Simowatto Premium
you are most welcome mate ;)
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TechniSmart Premium
Nice training Simon.
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Simowatto Premium
thanks matey :)
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ChrisScott Premium
Hey, Simon, my old friend. How are you? I haven't been able,( because of my lungs ), to get on this thing like I would have liked and now I am playing catch up.lol

You did a fantastic job.
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Simowatto Premium
thanks very much mate WB :)
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ChrisScott Premium
You are most welcome
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Simowatto Premium
You still here CS?
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ChrisScott Premium
I'm here now.
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Simowatto Premium
ah cool havent seen ya in chat for a while, er have I? lol
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DiemN Premium
Hi Simon, your training would be great resource for newbies. Great work.
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Simowatto Premium
that's just what I'd hoped to hear, thank you
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JReinbold Premium
Hi Simon, Thanks for the resource. I joined pixabay a long time ago and forgot what a great source it was for pics. Have a great day!
Joe
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Simowatto Premium
haha your welcome mate
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Jim-Bo Premium
did u know u can left click on the image u want, and be taken to the image options where you can choose the size (in pixels) that you want?
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DiemN Premium
Oh ok, I will check out. Thanks.
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ChrisScott Premium
Thanks for the info, Jim-Bo
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Jim-Bo Premium
welcome teddy bear!
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ChrisScott Premium
:-}
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Simowatto Premium
you can get that yes I've yet to add it but unsure as whether to bother as you can adjust the size anyway in editor anyway!
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Simowatto Premium
thanks Jimbo keep missing you in chat too :)
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BillandSue Premium
Thanks Simon,
We all want pics that will illuminate our article without the worry of someone claiming you owe them a bundle.
Bill
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Simowatto Premium
EXACTLY mate and good luck
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MKearns Premium
Pixabay is great. A wonderful source!
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Simowatto Premium
It is yup, thank you!
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santy Premium
Thank you Somon for sharing this info.
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Simowatto Premium
you're most welcome my friend and do not forget to like it mate :)
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santy Premium
You got it
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Simowatto Premium
thanks buddy :)
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JewelCarol Premium
Great training, simple to understand, thank you Simon. :))
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Simowatto Premium
you are welcome
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SadieChan Premium
I, occasionally, used photo images from friends on Facebook, after asking their permission to do so. Do I breach any rules in using such photo images?
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Simowatto Premium
that would just depend on WHETHER YOUR FRIENDS HAD PERMISSION TO USE THEM MATE
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mckm Premium
Thank you, Simon. Why can't I use the same picture twice? Is it a breach of copyright?
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Dreamer56 Premium
Using the image twice isn't a breach in copyright no more than using it once. Either the image is free to use commercially or it is not Margaret. I really don't know what Simon,s reasoning is behind the not using an image twice is
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Simowatto Premium
No, Google de-values your site should you use the same pic' twice as is nothing more that repetitive in its eyes matey :)
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Dreamer56 Premium
Simon you have duplicate images on your site. Your featured image appears twice
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Simowatto Premium
thanks for that info I'll check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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David58 Premium
Good job Simon. Thanks Dave
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Simowatto Premium
You are welcome Dave
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TGrisaft Premium
Good information and thanks for sharing
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Simowatto Premium
no problem glad you found it useful!
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks Simon. I been taking pictures with my smartphone. Today I went to Dick's Sporting Goods store and took some pictures.
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Simowatto Premium
:) thats cool though too its just easier tis all lol.
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onlinegeek Premium
Thanks Simon for a great tutorial. Most people get stuck when it comes to free pictures. Others end up in trouble after using pictures from searching in Google. Will share with others searching for free pictures.
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Simowatto Premium
thanks a lot A.S
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SteveOlan Premium
Good job Simon... sent you a message. I can't claim to use pixabay much but good to know.
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Simowatto Premium
thanks Steven much appreciated :)
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Deb425 Premium
Great ideas Simon, thank you!!
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Simowatto Premium
you are most welcome :)
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Heroba Premium
Thanks Simon!
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Simowatto Premium
great thank you
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Shawn Martin Premium
Nice work Simon :)
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Simowatto Premium
Cheers Shawn
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LisaFranks Premium
Simon, I know you said you do not use anything else, but for others that may be interested, there is also pexels.com and wikimedia commons. Pixabay is a favorite of mine too but sometimes, I cannot find the picture I am looking for there.
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Simowatto Premium
thats true there is also another good one I found yesterday by chance. It is called photo bin :)
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BlogBeautyUK Premium
Thanks Simon - very useful article.
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Simowatto Premium
thanks Beau :)
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Simowatto Premium
no you cant BUT it is just as easy to upload them to your site anyway
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pinns Premium
Can you just copy and paste these pictures from pixabay?
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Dreamer56 Premium
The best way is to download them to your computer as Simon pointed out. Be sure to optimize your images before uploading them to your media library. You can use tinypng.com to do this
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Ultimateless Premium
Usually you insert them using the image icon but do what Tim and Simon says...
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Simowatto Premium
Oops think I entered it in the wrong place ( see above)
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Bigimpact Premium
Great training,Simon!
Pixabay is undoubtedly the best website for free stock photos.
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Simowatto Premium
thanks B.I
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Funkydunc208 Premium
Good training tutorial. Sufficient detail to help someone.
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Simowatto Premium
thanks so much Sir :)
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AlexEvans Premium
Good tutorial thank you Simon.
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Simowatto Premium
You're welcome Sir
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Mike-Writes Premium
Thanks for the excellent tutorial, Simon.
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Simowatto Premium
No problem ur welcome
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Spellcry7 Premium
Good stuff simon, pixabay is a great site for photos, and a well walk through on adding your pics to your site =)
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Simowatto Premium
:D thanks for the comment mate
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varleysheen Premium
yes I like pixabay sometimes I do struggle for certain photos but their high quality and free so bonus
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Simowatto Premium
Its a great resource yes AND I think I found anoher one Steve called photobin I'll have to do some research!
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Simowatto Premium
read again!!!
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