How to find free images for your blog posts? For most of us, the answer would be Google. During the Initial stages of blogging, I would search for Images through Google Image, download and use them onto my blog posts. Some of the images had a copyright associated with them, which made no difference to me.

Over time, realised that it’s not a good practise to use copyright images because it’s illegal and could lead to complications in future.

Many resources are available on the internet that provide high quality, copyright free images. You only have to look

One of the good ones that I’ve come across is stock.xchng, the site has thousands of high quality free images.You can use their free images for your blog posts to spruce up your content, without having to worry about the copyright.

The best part about this website is that you do not need to register with them unless you require special formats. All you need to do is, right-click, “Save as”and you’re good to go.

According to STOCKEXCHANGE Image licence agreement,

You may use the Image for the following purposes:

• In digital format on websites, multimedia presentations, broadcast film and video, cell phones.
• In printed promotional materials, magazines, newspapers, books, brochures, flyers, CD/DVD covers, etc.
• Along with your corporate identity on business cards, letterhead, etc.
• To decorate your home, your office or any public place

You may not use the Image for the following purposes:

• For pornographic, unlawful or other immoral purposes, for spreading hate or discrimination, or to defame or victimize other people, societies, cultures.
• To endorse products and services if it depicts a person.

Always ask permission from the photographer if you want to use the Image:

• In website templates that You intend to sell or distribute.
• For creating printed reproductions that You intend to sell.
• On “print on demand” items such as t-shirts, postcards, mouse pads, mugs (e.g. on sites like Cafepress), or on any similar mass-produced item that would contain the Image in a dominant way)
• In a way that can give a bad name to SXC or the person(s) depicted on the Image.
• As part of a trademark, service mark or logo.

Do let us know if you’ve come across some other good resources for copyright free images for your blog posts?