5 of the BEST Royalty-Free Image Websites

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Why High-Quality Images are Important

Whether you’re a business owner, a blogger or someone looking to add some razzle-dazzle to your social media, High-Quality Images are a MUST!

Why? Because humans are visual beings! Most online consumers only retain about 15% of what they read online, but once that information is paired with an image, the information retained suddenly goes up to 65%! WOW, What a difference! After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Why You Should Use Royalty-Free Images

Just because you find something online does not mean it is fair game. For example, you find the perfect image for your social media post. You right-click, save and add it to your clever Facebook post. Overnight, your post has gone viral! Awesome right?

WRONG. The owner of the photo is now in your inbox wondering why wasn’t he compensated?

You used his photo without permission. Yikes!

Next, come the lawyers and the negotiations all over an image you could have used for FREE!

Royalty-free image means you can use the image without paying additional royalties. The FREE in royalty-free does not mean the image is of no cost for the license. BUT, as you will see below, I have handpicked five of my favorite and most loved Royalty-Free Image Websites. Best of all….they’re absolutely FREE!

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1. Pexels

Pexels offers thousands of searchable high-quality images that are licensed under the Pexels license. All images are free to use for personal or commercial use. No membership is required. COST: FREE

2. has a huge selection of high-resolution images and is updated frequently. All images fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license you can copy, modify, and distribute any photo on the site as you like. No membership required. COST: FREE

3. Pixabay

Pixabay has quite an assortment of high-quality images. All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital. No membership is required. COST: FREE

4. Burst by Shopify

Burst by Shopify is a beautiful photo platform. Their image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by their global community of photographers. All of their photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required. No membership required. COST: FREE

5. Unsplash

Unsplash has an enormous library of photos. All of them can be used for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash. No membership required. COST: FREE

Want to learn how to Create “Pinterest-Worthy” Images for your blog?

Then, check out my post: How to Create Gorgeous Pinterest Graphics with Canva for FREE!

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