Why images are important for your website
“A picture is worth a thousand words”.
Image are a crucial part of your website. You can convey thoughts, feelings and emotions with images. You can capture the meaning or essence of what you’re saying with a carefully selected image.
Images might consist of photographs, cartoons, infographics, GIFs or other visual elements.
When images are used effectively, they can help attract more visitors to your site, and retain them on your site.
Here are my top 4 reasons why images are a must for your website:
1. Images bring your text to life
Images break up your text, as well as help your visitors to visualise your product or service, or the intent of your message. Think of images as storytellers. Your images should be carefully chosen and should reflect the story you are telling. They represent an opportunity to quickly grab your visitors’ attention even before they have started reading. Ideally, your images depict emotions that are positive. If it makes sense to do so, images that contain people also help to boost conversion.
2. Images help your website get more views
The research suggests that pages with images on them get more than twice the views of pages without images.
3. Search engines like images
If you appropriately label your images using alt text (see my post about getting your website indexed fast), you are creating more content for search engines to index. This helps you immensely with your search engine optimisation (SEO).
4. Images win on social media
When you post your articles on social media, they need images. People click and are more likely to share when they see an image. The research indicates that social media posts that include images have much higher engagement levels than posts that are text only.
The best royalty free images websites
I have compiled for you a list of sites that contain royalty free images. However, I recommend that you always check the attribution before you download and publish onto your website, just to be safe.
I will start with my favourites first!
This site has truly beautiful images.There are over 1.5 million royalty free stock photos, videos, illustrations and vector graphics.
High quality photos. All can be used for free for commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required. You can modify and edit the photos as you like.
Beautiful photos. All can be used for free for commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required. You can modify and edit the photos as you like.
Public Domain Images
These images are free for any one, for any use. They have been placed in the public domain and can be used for personal or commercial use.
Public Domain Archive
Free public domain images. New images are uploaded weekly, also has vintage photos.
Copyright free images for personal and commercial use. Can be used in any way you want, for free, no atrribution required.
Royalty free photos, no copyright restrictions, free to use.
Free free stock photos for personal and commercial use, no attribution required. There is option to purchase a premium membership that provides access to more photos.
Free images, icons and templates for you to use as you wish.
There are loads more sites for free photos. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
Creating your own images and infographics
My favourite free tool to help you create your own images and infographics is Canva https://www.canva.com
Canva is free and easy to use. The only problem I have with Canva is that you may become addicted to using it! It is that much fun.
Snappa https://snappa.com/app is another cool platform where you can create your own images, infographics, banners, you name it! Snappa is free, and like Canva is highly addictive!
1,000,000+ images are available within the Wealthy Affiliate site content platform
The site content platform within Wealthy Affiliate provides free access to over 1 million images. The images are from a combination of sites including pixabay, pexels, unsplash and more.
For me, that is easiest way to upload my images. Mostly all of the images I need are within the Wealthy Affiliate site content platform, and only rarely do I need to visit another royalty free image website.
What other websites do you know about that allow you to download royalty free images? As always, leave me a comment or a question and I’m happy to help.