What is Rock Solid Info's Creative Commons Media Guide?
Rock Solid Info's Creative Commons Media Guide is the Internet's largest compilation of sites offering free photos. It's taken a while to discover and vet these 250+ websites for you. We have visited them all. We've eliminated the duplicate and/or redirected sites, created our own blacklist of dangerous sites and done whatever we can to provide you with an incomparable resource for Public Domain and Creative Commons Zero images. The Guide is a constant work in progress. We'll update it a few times a year to keep it current.
We've done most of the heavy lifting, but you can help too. Let us know about any free photo website that deserves to be listed in the guide or if you find a broken link.
Images are more important than ever before. They help create engagement with your visitors. Pictures, videos, graphics, fonts, and elements, like arrows and buttons, all contribute to creating your unique look and feel. Good design choices go a long way toward determining whether your visitors enjoy their time on your site or not.
Without a doubt, your message is the most important component of your site. But using a powerful picture helps to create a good first impression and enhances your story during the critical first few seconds of a page view.
Why Did Rock Solid Info Create The Guide?
Rock Solid Info is a companion site for Will Adams' Rock Solid Blogs. We do Freelance WordPress Development and Consulting. It was time to give something back to our clients and to you, our visitor. So creating this guide to free images and other resources made sense to us. Here's why...
- One of the most frustrating and time-consuming tasks content marketers, bloggers, and businesses have to do today is finding high-quality images to publish on their websites. You could go stock image sites like Getty Images, Shutterstock, Dreamstime and others, but paying for images gets expensive if you use a lot of them.
- And if you're just starting out or on a tight budget, you might not be able to afford high-quality images and other media to use. Even if you have a decent budget, you might feel like money could be better spent on promotion, so free pictures help to that end.
Did you know most images created before 1923 are copyright free? They are said to be in the Public Domain. After 1923, usage rights are not so cut and dry. In fact, using copyrighted images opens up a can of worms for a publisher.
Use the wrong image and you could hear from the image owners lawyer. When he tells you to 'cease and desist', just do it. You won't win the lawsuit. Go find another picture. Before you do, it's good business to learn about the different Creative Commons Licenses and Copyrights.
This'll be time well spent because once you get schooled on what you can and can't-do with other people's creations, you won't have to worry about the legality of your use of an image, video, or music.
If you have the skill, producing your own original images is the best way to go.
Then, there's no doubt about ownership of an image.
Many of these websites offer premium services too, or they are affiliates for paid services. They may offer higher resolution, larger sizes, or a larger selection.
Please note that Rock Solid Info's Creative Commons Media Guide is not an affiliate for any other photo/image website. We are affiliates for other products we use and believe in, like SiteGround and others, but for this project, we feel this guide should be free for all to use.
So let your journey begin. Explore the largest collection of Creative Commons Zero sites on the Internet.
Always be sure to double check the license for the image you want to use. Following the law is easy and lets you sleep well knowing you won't be getting any 'cease and desist' notices. We think you'll like the guide. If you do, please share it with your tribe.