PAGE 1 – Explaining what is a CC0 picture and why you want to use them

PAGE 2 – How to tell which pictures are free and which ones are not

PAGE 3 – Which pictures on Pixabay are not free to use

PAGE 4 – How to get hidden pictures from within another picture

One of the main problems when creating our website is finding resources for 100 Percent Free to Use pictures and images. Many people think that they can just use any picture that they see on Google. This unfortunately is not true. The majority of the pictures you see on Google are NOT free.


Every picture you see on Google, including the ones you use on your website, are not listed as free to use. A picture or image has to be licensed in a specific way for it to be free to use and even altered, without having to give any attribution or mention of its original creator.

In order to find these types of pictures and images you need to find website directories that display them under the CC0 License. Creative Commons Zero, CC0, is the type of license you want to look for. There are several other CC licenses, but CC0 is free to use worldwide.

As you can see in the above image, the CC0 License it says in part, You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. This means that you can do anything with a CC0 licensed picture or image, even using it on a website that will make you money.

Now you might be wondering if a Public Domain license is the same as a CC0 license, and short answer is no. Though they both mean that you are free to use the picture or image, Public Domain is not always free to use worldwide. CC0 ads an extra layer for rights removal making them more accepted.

NEXT UP = How to tell which pictures are free on a resources website

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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.