Where to Find Social Media Graphics and How to Use Them

Mar 19

Where to Find Social Media Graphics and How to Use Them

This post is part of the Social Media Blog Hop, hosted by writer Ruth Snyder at ruthlsnyder.com. Please check out the rest of the blogs on the hop to learn more about social media and how bloggers and writers are using social media platforms to share their message and build their brand. The next post in the blog hop post will be on April 2. 

Graphics are necessary in today’s social media world. We need them for our blogs, for Pinterest, for Facebook. An article on Hubspot says that graphics on Facebook books receive 53 percent more likes than text alone. We are visual people. But we can’t just go and grab any type of photo from the Internet. A lot of people still believe that once a photo was posted online it’s yours to take. But that’s not true. All photos belong to the person who took them UNLESS they have given consent for the rights to that photo to be used or the photo is in the public domain.

I have a couple of places I go for graphics and then one very special website that can make them magical.

1. FreeDigitalPhotos.net – This is a free site for stock photography. You can download the small size photo for free, which is what I usually do for a blog post or a website. If you need a photo for an ebook cover or something that needs the higher resolution, you can buy a copy for $3 and up. The photos are affordable and you don’t have to buy a subscription like on some stock photo sites. You can just buy the one picture that you want. If you use the free photo option, you have to include an attribution to the photographer and the site. They also offer vector images and illustrations.

2. Pixabay – I lucked out and found this site just a few weeks ago. If you have a travel site or just like landscape photos, this is the place to go. All the photos on Pixabay have been released to the public domain and can be used for any reason with no attribution. There is a “Buy Me a Coffee” link on each page to donate something to the photographer, so if you like someone’s work consider giving them a donation.

3. Google Images – Yes, there is a way to find free pictures using Google Images. Here’s how I find the ones I can use.

Do a search on Google Images for what you need. I searched for St. Patrick’s Day. See the gear box on the right? Click on it and then click on Advanced Search.

Advanced search list

 

 

 

 

Scroll down the page to find the drop down “Usage Rights Choices”.

Usage rights choices

 

 

 

 

Choose the last choice – Free to use, share or modify, even commercially.

Advanced search last choice

 

 

 

 

Click on Advanced Search and you should have all the images that you can use for your posts. But use some judgment. If it’s a personal photo of someone at an event, I wouldn’t use it. But if it’s obviously a stock photo or an illustration, I would use it after I checked the rights on the photo. To check the rights, click on the photo and visit the page where it’s hosted to see if there’s any information about the photo.

Once I have my images, what do I do with them? The tools I use deserves a post all its own, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the next blog hop installment about tips, tools and software.

Where you do find images for your blog and social media? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

3 comments

  1. Good tips! I rarely use stock images but sometimes I’ve wanted to find something and been unsure where to look. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Christina,
    Thanks for sharing the tips about finding pictures with Google images. It looks like we use some of the same sources and tools for our graphics 🙂

  3. Cool! I didn’t know the Google tip. I’ll have to check that out.

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