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Gathering Quality Photos for Blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by whiteass, May 28, 2012.

  1. whiteass

    whiteass Newbie

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    Newbie here,

    I have an idea for a blog I am going to create mainly for fun but possibly get a bit of extra cash with.

    I will basically post a picture daily, and allow others to comment on it.

    I am looking for a collection of photos that meet my criteria, without paying the ludicrous fees for sites like istock. I Ideally would like 500+ before I launch my site, that way I can focus on managing the site instead of looking for new content.

    Are there any services that I can use besides image searching my keywords or paying a dollar or so per pic off istock?
     
  2. Zuckerberg

    Zuckerberg Regular Member

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    Just use google images and if you ever get a company saying there photo is copyrighted on your blog, just remove it. In all the year's I've been on the internet making sites, blogs etc I've only ever had 1 company message me and tell me to remove a photo.
     
  3. genosse

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    I always use flickr creative commons.

    http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/

    This takes you to the "attribution license" section, which means you can use the image as long as you give a link back giving them credit. You can find tons of pictures, all of the time.
     
  4. botondz

    botondz Newbie

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    Most of the time that works, but it is not bulletproof. I am not able to post an URL, so google this: "Legal Lesson Learned: Copywriter Pays $4,000 for $10 Photo"
     
  5. kurzo4905

    kurzo4905 Newbie

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    Keep in mind, Google can easily detect if the image is duplicate content and it may hamper your seo efforts.
     
  6. insanebeeftw

    insanebeeftw Junior Member Premium Member

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    When it comes to finding photos to use for free, I've had the best luck with Wikimedia Commons. Typing in a few general search terms will get you a lot of image results that are in the public domain or otherwise not subject to any copyright restrictions. In some rare cases where I can't find what I'm looking for on Wikimedia, I'll look on Flickr Creative Commons. Due to the risks of getting caught for copyright violation, I would steer clear of just right-clicking and saving any old image from the Google search results page. The sky-high fines are definitely not worth it. Another option you could try is making connections with college photography students who are trying to build their portfolios. Post a few classifieds for them and offer links back to their online portfolios from your site instead of payment. Both of you get increased online exposure, so everyone wins.
     
  7. VIC SEO

    VIC SEO Elite Member

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    when you take content ,you can spin it and make it look like original but in terms of pics you cant do it so you get caught by google easily.
     
  8. Zso

    Zso BANNED BANNED

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    I use clipart.com it has a yearly fee but the photos are standards and perfect for my sites
     
  9. juanki

    juanki Registered Member

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    Can you fool Google picture recognition by cutting or re-sizing the image? Have any of you try this?
     
  10. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    I mostly use Flickr and go creative commons license. I also tend to avoid photographs by professional photographers or companies. In my case photos for my sites are just a bit of window dressing in the background but if I was planning on building a site that was centred around photography I would seriously consider signing up to a paid service. If you are using Pro photographs you will only get away with it until you start to get some traffic. There have been a few threads about cheap photo providers on the front page in the last six months.
     
  11. markhenry121

    markhenry121 Elite Member

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    You can search in SE's here you can find lots of image without any pay.
     
  12. SahL

    SahL Elite Member

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    Use google images bro, keep it simple.
     
  13. axus_auto

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    This is a good list of comprehensive sites where you can use images on your blog for free. http://cashjournals.com/top-11-free-image-sites/

    Basically, some of the top sites are StockFreeImages.com, SXC.hu and FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Probably enough to get you going and more.
     
  14. morgankordaine

    morgankordaine Newbie

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    Ill use flicker just tag there site in my posting right.