25 Free Photo Sites To Create Unique Social Media Images

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Updated January 2019

Do you want your content to stand out in today’s crowded social media landscape? Then it’s time to get visual with social media.

You probably don’t need me to tell you that great visuals make for great marketing. Visual content can be an incredibly powerful marketing tool, one that increases message association, brand awareness, and encourages engagement and shares.

But when it comes to using images don’t be tempted to reach for the nearest stock photo.

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Using boring stock images as your visuals will not help your marketing efforts in 2018

These days there’s no excuse for using boring stock images. In this article you’ll learn about my best recommendations for sourcing images you can use for free to enhance your social media posts.

Creative Commons License

While you already know that you can’t simply use graphics that appear on Google’s image search, did you know that you’re not necessarily covered just because you purchase an image from a stock photo site? Many stock photos cannot be used for commercial purposes, which is why it’s important to use a site that provides images licensed as “Creative Commons” — this means the pictures are completely free to be used for personal or commercial purposes.

Recommended Reading How to Use Creative Commons to Find Free Images

The following list of stock image sites are all great sources of Creative Commons (CC) images.

  1. Burst is a free stock photo site that is powered by Shopify, with many of its collections created with entrepreneurs in mind. You can use these free photos on your online store, product packaging, or anywhere else you’d like. “Business Ideas” features free photo collections and case studies that revolve around trending ecommerce niches. The free photo sets include both the product shots and lifestyle images, so that you have all the stock images you need to create a professional brand for free.

Bonus Tip!

Spend some time this week perusing these sites and download a selection of your favorite images to your desktop. Then get creative with the help of Canva.com and edit your chosen images into something more interesting for your brand. Save these images to a Dropbox folder so you now have your own library of unique images to draw on each time you write a new piece of content or post something to social media.

Read 11 Simple Design Tips to Enhance Your Social Media Images for further tips to make your images stand out.

Where do you source images? Can you add to this list with your recommendations?

You might also like to read: How To Create Professional Graphics — Even If You’re Not a Graphic Designer

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Social Media Consultant. Keynote Speaker. Digital Storyteller. https://hcsmmonitor.com

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