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AC Nuggets: Finding Images for Articles

In AC Nuggets on February 12, 2008 at 6:00 am

Adding images to your AC content simply increases the value of your piece. Pictures make the article just a little more fun to read, eye-catching on your profile page, and they’re also good for SEO when you use the right words in your description.

As long as you comply with AC’s copyright guidelines and get permission to use the picture from the author, you can post some great images with your article.

Without further ado, here’s how to track down some pictures for your next article – I present to you, TEN websites to find high quality, copyright-free, and free-to-use image galleries.

Keep in mind, however that only SIX are considered acceptable use by AC (see below).  Still, you can use these galleries for blogs or other online projects of choosing:

 

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Possibly the easiest source to find pictures, many that are in the public domain

http://www.stockvault.net/gallery/
Hundreds of high resolution, free-to-use images and stock photos to browse

http://www.imageafter.com/
Thousands of high resolution images that are free to download and use for both personal and commercial use; donations are accepted

http://yotophoto.com/
A great search engine to find quality, free-to-use images that are shared under a Creative Commons license or are in the public domain

http://sxc.hu
Many quality images to choose from, and lots of royalty-free pics that are also free for the taking

http://www.freeimages.co.uk/
Free images from across the pond; some do require author permissions, so check the details

http://geekphilosopher.com/MainPage/photos.htm
Many unique, humorous, and simple pictures to append to your articles; almost all have free permissions

http://www.istockphoto.com/
One of the best resources for images, but you do have to pay between $1 – $20 per image

http://www.flickr.com/

Lots of quality images here, but you’ll need to contact the user/owner for most of them

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/
The photos cannot be copyrighted, and full credit is due to the author

 

Have some gems of your own? Share them in the comments below.

Acceptable images according to AC Terms and submission guidelines:

1. You
2. Online Press Kits
3. http://www.sxc.hu
4. http://www.morguefile.com
5. http://www.commons.wikimedia.org
6. http://www.istockphoto.com

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  1. If you are writing an article about a company, person or product, you should ask them for photos. Sometimes they might be willing to send over a fresh photo or they will have something that is much better than common stock photos.

  2. Great list. I love using imageafter, but I guess AC didn’t agree. LOL Still, like you said, I can use it for posting on my blog or elsewhere. 🙂

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