If you are going to write articles on the web or take the time and effort to maintain a blog, adding images is one important step that cannot be ignored. Assuming that you do not want to be bothered with having to take your own digital pictures of the subject matter that you are writing about or otherwise creating such images yourself, where should you go to find images on the internet? Additionally, after finding an image that you want to use, what do you need to do to make sure that you give proper attribution to the creator of the image?
There are many places to find images on the internet. We highlight 3 great websites in this article. The first website is www.morguefile.com.
The beauty of morguefile.com is that every single image on the site is free and available for use in any commercial project without attribution.
The second website is www.compfight.com.
Compfight searches Flickr photos that have been uploaded by its members. Compfight includes several filters to locate images that can be used for commercial purposes with proper attribution. Depending on the image, you may have to cite to the creator’s name or other user identification or you may have to cite the specific Creative Commons license the work is under.
The third website is www.commons.wikimedia.org.
In short, in a web article or blog, images are the very first thing that people encounter. If the images are attractive and interesting, chances are that the text of the article or blog will be looked at more closely. If there are no images, it is quite likely that the visitor will leave and go elsewhere.