If you're going to be successful on InfoBarrel, you're going to need to include images with your articles. Here's where to get free images.
Including images with your InfoBarrel articles is critical both to make your article nicer to read (and possibly get it featured), and for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You may be a great photographer with a huge repository of images to draw from to illustrate your articles, but if you’re not, here’s a couple of free image resources that you can use to get photos and other images to accompany your piece.
Wikimedia Commons is a file repository full of public domain and freely-licensed media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone. As of writing this article, there are over 13 million public domain media files published and available for use on WikiMedia Commons. The repository is created and maintained by volunteers. It uses the same software (MediaWiki) as Wikipedia, so everyone can edit it and it’s very easy to use and find images for your articles. You can embed the images in your article or download it, modify it, change the name and include with your own media in InfoBarrel.
Unlike other media databases, Wikimedia Commons is completely free. Anyone is allowed to copy, use, distribute and modify any files here freely as long as they follow the terms specified by the author. This normally just means crediting the source appropriately.
Of course, you know Flickr, but did you know that there are millions of images on Flickr that you can use for free? Some of the best images by the top photographers have all their rights reserved, but most of the images on Flickr, and we’re talking millions of images, are published under one Creative Commons license or another. You can use them freely with your articles provided you follow the guidelines dictated by the license, which is usually a simple attribution somewhere in the article.
Morgue File bils itself as a public image archive for creatives by creatives. As I write this there are over 271,000 free imageson the site that you can download and use in any way that you want. You can find free images for just about any subject so it should be simple to find one that compliments your article.
Unlike the other options presented here, Wordle is not a photo repository. Wordle is a online application that generates “word clouds” from any text that you want, sort of like tag clouds. The clouds give more prominence to words that appear more often in the source document. You can to modify the look and feel of clouds with a range of different fonts, layouts, and color options. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share or include with your InfoBarrel Articles. You can quickly make some amazing artwork to go with your article.
Stock Free Imagesis a gigantic repository of free stock images, one of the largest collections on the web. They claim to have 485,195 royalty-free images and illustrations. If you're trying to spruce up your InfoBarrel articles with great images, you can license (free of charge) any of their images.
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