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Website Image Resources

When it comes to having a professional internet site, there is no better way than to incorporate quality images that correlate to the topics your pages and posts talk about in your articles. Here in this article website image resources, you will find a list of sites that will help you step up the impact of your websites appearance for all your visitors to see.

 

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Most people find just seeing and reading straight text does not hold their interest long enough for them to get through to the end. When you start getting these types of results, you’re losing your audience.

So how do you change your website to have relevant images with all your articles without breaking the bank?
Where do you get these high-quality professional images without requiring technical skills, being a photographer, designing skills for free or minimal costs?

photo of Visual impactIt has been said by many online Marketers the importance of having high-quality images to make your site stand out is imperative. Images will get your entire site to stand out better from making products more appealing to gaining the trust of your visitors as they notice the professionalism of how organized your overall site looks and feels as they navigate through it.

Designing a site with images in appropriate locations will make it look more expensive, and viewers will relate that to a higher quality of professionalism when they think of your site over another.

There are varying opinions on the difference that images make on a website given in percentages; this is what I have seen.

You can expect 83-94% more page/post views when relevant images are used in articles than those without. 40-50% more shares when pages/posts have pictures and 35-45% of online visitors prefer visiting with visual information.

By using relevant images of high quality, your site will come across very professional to all the viewers and will most likely increase their engagement and your conversions. Nobody wants an ugly website, yet some people are using terrible images.

 

How does this happen?

 

One of the biggest problems is where can you find them?
People mention they do not know how to choose them correctly?
The biggest reason is who can or wants to afford to pay lots of money for images to populate their site.

The truth been known, you can purchase images for relatively good prices, and you can get most of your images for free. There are times you may find yourself wanting to buy some such as logos and headers for instance, but I can also give you tips for these situations as well.

One of the first things to get started with is choosing an appropriate theme or template that suits the type of site your creating. Next, you’re going to need images that will match up with all your content you plan to post.

 

How to choose images that will work for you?

 

Images That Are Unique
Images With Meaning
High-Quality Images
Images With Faces

 

Images That Are Unique

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To be unique means to stop using photos, that appear on all the other websites. When you use the same pictures as everyone else you end up with a cookie-cutter site that will not stand out from your competition.

Using stock photos doesn’t mean they are not a good source for finding what you need but rather be more creative to what you do use and how.

When you view particular types of websites, they may tend to follow a trend. You can follow that pattern to fit in by using the same sort of theme and layout, or you can choose to stand out with not conforming to the norm.
Designers will always try to step tastefully out of the norm and be recognized and remembered for being different. When you stop to think of it, your goal is to be rememberable.

Stock images of people can look very fake so be very selective to what looks real and candid for your viewers. In worse case scenarios, you could take photos using a camera or cell phone to make sure you have what you want, and they will be unique.

 

Images With Meaning

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To have images with meaning is to use ones that are relevant to the articles you are posting. Just picking a photo of something that looks nice will not convey what you’re trying to get across to your readers. Instead, you’d be better off taking a picture that represents your article to give a visual impact to the topic you’re writing about for the reader.

An example of this would be using a photo of a circular saw that you may be explaining the benefits of in your post. Now to really step up the perception of what you want your readers to take from your article you would insert a photo showing the saw in use.

You’ll discover whenever using photos displaying interactions for the topic you wish to put forward to your readers, that the visual content will create more depth and meaning and sends a clearer message about the article you’ve written.

 

High-Quality Images

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Far too often you’ll see sites using images that are too small.  You need to make sure you have images with the proper resolution to have no problems with pixelation when visitors land on your site. Otherwise, they will be looking at fuzzy unprofessional looking pictures.

Choosing images that are too small then stretching them out to fill in an area on your article to give it more visual impact actually does just the opposite. You need to make sure the image resolution itself will maintain the quality of the picture when enlarged to fit your article.

 

Images With Faces

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People naturally relate to other people, so displaying photos of people to get your point across to them is always a safe bet to draw attention.

Using the right approach with people in pictures is also just as important as using photos with people. You need to make sure that the photos relate to your article by what the person is doing in the picture. Another method is having the person making eye contact adds to making a connection with the reader. Having photographs that the person in the photo displays an emotion relevant to your article.

Having the proper images for your site does not need to be complicated. If you think about what grabs your attention, then odds are it will also grab the attention of others.

If I were to give you one simple tip that you could use to take your images to the next level to create the best impact for your readers, it would be to learn some basic photography tricks such as the rule of thirds.

By learning some simple photography tips for taking photographs, you’ll gain the knowledge of how to use a picture that says more than the very text you’re writing about on a topic.

Many sites will help you with this option, and you can even check out my hobby site “Say It With Photographs” on The Rule Of Thirds to get started.

The art of choosing quality images for your site will get easier as you gain more practice from recognizing what draws one attention to them and the emotion they translate to the viewer.

Below are some sites where you’ll be able to find some great images to use on your site that other Marketers and I have used through the years for setting up our sites.

Some sites are free while others sell their images, and you’ll always find ones that offer both options.

 

Free vs. Paid Images

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Now for most people free images are what we generally will always want to have, but paid ones do have their advantages.

Your options will be to:

Use free images
Pay for images
Take your own pictures
Manipulate images with editors

Most sites that offer free images referred as “creative commons”, are free to download with conditions. They can be used on your site so long as you provide credit to the creator of the image. This crediting could be citing the website source or naming the photographer.
These photos tend to be general in nature more on the creative side as inspirational and artistic compared to paid versions.

They tend to be used to set the tone of your site, possible headers, background and fillers for pages and posts.

Paid images are more directed to the purpose of business and marketing. They may not be as inspirational as free photographs, but they are more to the point for business requirements.

You’ll see this when you try looking up photos for particular topics that the free versions are very limited and all the selections for a wider range of pictures to choose from require payment.

That’s why taking your own photographs can be another advantage depending on what your niche is online.

The other option I mentioned above is manipulating images with editors which I’ll cover in another article.

 

Website Image Resources

Stock Photos Free Images – 25 top websites for totally free photo images

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Unsplash.com – Free with creative commons

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500px.com – Free & Paid

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Bigstockphoto.com – Paid

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GettyImages.com – Paid

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Shutterstock.com – Paid

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Conclusion

 

Spruce up your website with fantastic imagery!
A correctly populated site with images will always outperform a site with very little or no pictures at all. Once you get going and know which resource sites you like best, you’ll actually have fun with what you can create by using them.

You’ll find that one single source will not have enough to find what you may require, so you’ll be the best judge of which websites will suit you best.

Go through the list and check them out for which ones work best for you.

 

Author

“I’m Travis Smithers owner and author of this site.

Travis Smithers boatingAs you can see from the image to the left, boating is something I regularly like to enjoy with friends and family on my sailboat. Having an online business gives me the opportunity to pursue my passions.

What passions would you like to pursue that makes you happy? Join me and thousands of others who choose to make a difference in our and other people’s lives.

Oh! By the way, love having comments and shares and look forward to seeing all those of you that join me for having an online business to follow your DREAMS!”

 


16 Comments

Sim

June 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Oh boy, what an awesome throughout article. You really covered everything someone has to know about images to use on websites.

You shared paid resources for images but I really like Pixabay as my #1 place to go for free royalty free images.

What’s your favorite image resource and why?

    Travis

    June 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Pixabay is also one of my #1 sites as well. My first link on this page talks about going to the 25 websites I have listed on another post has Pixabay as one of the sites.

    I like pixabay and others like it as you get a great selection of images to choose from for free that you can use on websites for earning an income with no problems. These images you can also use by manipulating them with messages as well with no penalties. I would still suggest that any reproduction and manipulation of the images be tastefully done.

    All the different photographers offer great pictures and only ask for the ocasional donation or money for coffee for their work. Having images with no strings attached is a great thing to support.

lee

July 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Great article. Just what I needed as I am a bit technologically retarded so need all the help I can muster. Am going to checkout pixabay for images now. Cheers Lee

    Travis

    July 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Lee and happy to know you enjoyed the information on the post for photos and where to find them. I personally like pixabay as one of my main go-to places for images as they have a full selection of images for pretty well everybody in need of pictures.

Kevin

July 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

This is one thing I need to improve on my blog. I have a coin collecting website that I started over a month ago. I don’t have much of a problem with context, but dealing with images is a different story. I try to add the appropriate coin(s) to the article but it’s not always easy to find. Any suggestions?

    Travis

    July 11, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I know of a few coin collectors and to be displaying many photos for your site and especially the type that you need, I would suggest taking a pile of pictures of all the coins you can get from other collectors. They will have lots of coins you do not have that would be excellent to feature in your articles.

    You could also go to the stores that sell the coins also to get pictures. You will find private collectors will tend to be very perceptive for pictures once you know them as they love to talk about their passion and the history about each coin.

    You could do feature articles about the collector and streamline individual coins to feature with the article, and you’d have lots of photos to use. Just a thought that might be of some help.

Shawn

July 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm

I agree it is a visual world today and you have to have images on your pages and posts for them to be effective.
Thanks for all the free resources tips!
I wonder if there is a program to optimize a person’s pictures?
How many images would you suggest per 1000 word article?

Shawn>>

    Travis

    July 11, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Hi, Shawn and most photo editors can optimize pictures of the amount of resolution you want to save the picture with and size of the image. When you open up any image, you can save that image by changing its size but also resolution. The trick is not to make your images to small and especially not to reduce the resolution too much.

    As far as the amount of photos per 1000 words per article, I would base it more on the type of information and what the product or service the article may be on. Use as many images and written content to get your point across and if there are too many then it’s time for more articles or a gallery.

    We know Photographers use galleries obviously but I also use them for my renovation site, and I also tend to feature extra pictures for articles on tools. You’ll need to be the best judge for how many images suit your needs, and you can check out what others are doing on their sites as well.

Violet

August 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

A very well structured article. Thank for the resources you have availed for where to get the images that will give one uniqueness to the blog.I don’t have much of a problem with context, but dealing with images is a different story. I struggle to put together a unique beautiful blog, so this is really helpful from the information you have gathered together.
I have to check on pixabay, as I have stated I do have challenges with my images.
Thank you for such helpful information.
I will let others know about this site.
Violet.

    Travis

    August 12, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Happy I could be of some service with helping you out with the addresses of where you can get some extra resources in your case images. Finding enough free images to work with for all your articles can be tricky so having some different free resources will help you out in that area.

    I also like to use pixabay as one of my go-to sources for images, but I listed just over two dozen just to make sure people will have the opportunity to find what they need.

    When it comes to having a business online, there can be many things you could need help with so the more places we know about, the better.

Andrew G

October 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Great reminders there for bloggers. We don’t want our images to first of all be MIA. The need for those are great. Then we need to do it without breaking the bank as you mentioned. I was looking forward to those resources and you managed to capture that content there for us. Great Job!

    Travis

    October 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    When I created this site, it was mainly for newcomers looking to get into building websites for personnel or business use.

    I also decided to add resources for beginner to advanced users so there would be help for any level of marketeer looking for making improvements to there sites.

    I like the one stop shop concept which is why I use Wealthy Affiliate as my hosting and educational provider for my other sites, and this site can help do the same for others.

Kiki Sh

January 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Hello there,

As a new administration of a website, I was wondering how to find images to include on my site. Now I know because of you. Thank you very much for the useful and interesting information you have shared with us on how to find images free or paid. I will certainly use all the resources you have provided us.

    Travis

    January 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Glad to be of some help. I know what it is like trying to get a site up and running. The more resources you can have at your disposal the faster and easier it will be to work on your site.

Pianoplaya

January 25, 2017 at 3:08 am

Hey Travis,
Thanks for your thorough research on royalty-free images and clear and relevant images. I’m starting out with an advice blog that could use a few images to spice things up. The content is fascinating reading, if I should say so myself but, I can certainly look up a few of these sites that U have posted here.
Thanks Again!
Coach

    Travis

    February 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you but I had a road trip to do, and I missed out on answering some of my comments like yours. I usually try to get back to people within 24 hours.

    The resources that I have listed will be improving as I take more time to broaden this site and deal with the issues so many require. Starting an online presence can take on many different things that people will need to complete and work on their sites. I will keep on expanding the resources offering as many places to check out as I can that will help with the creation, development, and building of websites. Nice to know you have found some useful services from this site that I have found from others who also want to help others.

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