This is the Creative Commons Media Guide... The Internet's Biggest List of Websites Offering Free Photos, Videos, Music, Icons, and Other Graphic Design Elements.
We created this resource with you in mind so searching for free photos would be easier. Come to this one site for gazillions of free pictures and other media at your fingertips.
We're skipping the cliches about how many words a picture is worth. You already know how important photos are to improving engagement on your website or blog. The hard truth is people will not read every word you write. Your visitors scan your content. Careful selection of your photos and other design elements helps get your point across better.
Before moving on, it's important to talk about the elephant in the room, otherwise known as copyrights. The internet makes it easy to grab pictures and slap 'em up on a website. The thing is... the author owns the copyright for most photos and other media.
Every picture or media has a Creative Commons License or Copyright is associated with it. Always be sure you understand which one it is and abide by the terms of the license.
Unless the author/owner has explicitly stated the work is donated to the public Domain or has attached one of the Creative Commons Assignments to it, you must have explicit permission to use their images. If you don't have that permission, you are stealing and could end up in legal hot water. Just don't do it. This guide makes it easy to find legal photos. Plain and simple... Cut and dry.
Rock Solid Blogs and Rocks Solid Info expects you to do your due diligence. We'll curate the list, but can't be held responsible for what the owners of the websites put on their sites or what you do with the media you find there.
Always be sure you understand which Creative Commons License or Copyright is associated with the picture or media you want to use. Prevention of problems is the best way to save time and stay happy by staying out of trouble.
Right now, as we launch the Creative Commons Media Guide, there are over two hundred twenty Creative Commons Zero (CC0) websites listed. The listings are in random order. To help you know how popular a site is, we have put the approximate Global Alexa Ranking next to the name of the website.
Head over to Alexa to find out a site's current rank.
When you need a unique image, not seen on too many other websites, look around some lower ranked sites to see if the perfect picture to reinforce the point of your post might be there. We discovered beautiful high-resolution photos on lower ranking sites. And hey, giving an underdog a shout out or a link just might make their day.
Think about using a Reverse Image Search Engine to verify photos. One of them is TinEye. I found this picture of the strawberry falling into the water on one of the sites in the guide; Then I forgot where I found it. I used TinEye to find it. In a matter of seconds, TinEye let me know the image is originally from SkitterPhoto (220819). That original image was uploaded to Pixabay. Checking the original license, now I know out it's in the Public Domain, so it's OK to use.
We hope you will use
to create great looking websites as well as keeping your hard-earned cash in your pocket! Have fun snoopin' around here... and when you're done, let us see what you've made with these free images.
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Latest update: May 20, 2017
is a continuous work in progress. We'll update it as needed for sites that don't work anymore or new ones that need to be added. If you run across one, please let us know so we can edit, add or remove it to keep the guide current for everyone.
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