For the majority of free pictures resource websites, all of the photos and images you see are totally free to use. But there will be some websites that will be monetized with images that are not free to use, and being able to know which ones are not free is important.

The image above is from one of my favorite royalty free CC0 picture resource websites. The name of this website is Stocksnap. Along the top row of pictures, do you see any that may look like they are not free? Take a close look because they are obvious.

As you can see in the above image, the first two photos have the Shutterstock watermark on the front of the image. Whenever you see an image with a watermark on the front when viewing a CC0 image resource website, that image is not free to use.

If you want an image that has a watermark on it, and you do not see a Free Download button next to it, you will have to become a paid member of the website whose image that belongs to. It is very important to understand that with some free CC0 picture websites, there may be images that are not free.

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yessharon Premium
Love the idea of cropping out an item from a photo.

Lately, I have been using the SiteRubix Content Writer to find free photos. We have over 1,000,000 free photos available for us at WA.

I keep one document on Site Content (Titled Photos) that I use to keep photos that I find while browsing my keywords on site content. Then I download them to a folder on my computer so that they are easy to view and find when I need them.

If you use Site Content to write your articles then you just insert the photos into your document.

Sometimes I cannot find what I am looking for, so I appreciated you listing these other resources.
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.

The photos in Site Content are pulled from the Pixabay, Pexels and Unsplash websites but there are millions of more free pictures available online. Plus when you can crop out images from other pictures, even more become available.

Personally I do not use Site Content. I have been creating content the same way for 5 years and I see no reason to change now. I write all of my content using MS Word because it has an automatic real time spelling and grammar checker.

All I do is copy the content from MS Word and paste it into WordPress. Then I upload my images from My Website Images folder on my computer, where I have all of my saved images, I click Publish, and I am done.

But regardless of whether you use Site a Content or not, using CC0 free image directory websites are the best way to go, seeing how images on Google are not free.
3dandelions Premium
Thank you! Very helpful. I have bookmarked :)
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy you found it helpful.
Give It A Go Premium
Hi Rob.
Thanks again for your wonderful training on the free photos. I especially liked your idea on how to find hidden pictures. I had never thought of looking in other photos for what I am specifically trying to find. Duh! I normally use Pixabay so thank you for reaffirming for me that I am using the photos there correctly. I will definitely check out Stocksnap. I haven't heard of that one yet. Or if I had I have forgotten it.
Great work and thank you for your training. You always seem to know what people are looking for.
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Ange. It is quite interesting when you can find an image you may be looking for within another larger image. As long as the image is a CC0 image like those on Pixabay, you can modify the image by just cropping out what you do not need.
MelaniLukito Premium
Great idea to get the images from bigger free pictures, thank you.
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Melani. I have been able to create some great images by just cropping them out of a bigger picture.
tommo1968 Premium
Great tips Robert on getting FREE images.

I am one for cropping larger images to make them more unique as I see images being used again and again all over the web.

Adding text is a great way to personalize it.

I also like adding the website logo to images I use on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook something I have recently started to do.
boomergp08 Premium
Thank you. I too have not only cropped images from larger ones, but on some of them I would add my website URL to the bottom. It gives my site some extra exposure should the picture get shared on social media.