How to Find Free Images for your Blog using Flickr
Using images in a blog makes it look really great. By skipping images in a blog, you are not only missing the images search traffic of your blog but also the content and the overall layout of the blog seems dull and uninteresting. If, for example you are writing a tutorial, you will use a screenshot of your own screen. But, if you are writing a simple mainstream article, you would prefer using the images already on the internet. As a matter of fact, it is illegal to use any picture from the internet on your own blog until and unless you have purchased it or otherwise have the permission of the owner of the picture to use it.
Before using any image on your blog you have to make sure that you are authorized to use the image on your blog. If you are earning money from the blog, you must never use an image you are not sure about. Because, if the copyright holder of the image files a DMCA complaint against you, your blog can get removed from the search results. There are many websites which allow the use of images to be used for commercial purposes for free. One such site is Flickr where you can use a picture for commercial purpose giving the credit link back to the original source.
How to use Flickr Advance search to find free images for blog:
Flickr is an image sharing platform from Yahoo. People share their images there and add a license. You can use Flickr advanced search to find the images based on the type of license. For bloggers, the pictures with creative common license are the only useful ones as only they can be used for commercial purposes. As mentioned above, you must never risk by using any other type of image.
To start with this, go to Flickr advance search and add the keyword for you image search. You will see some options like find only images or videos and much more.
Select the options you are interested in. At the bottom there are the options for searching the images according to their licenses. Remember selecting the option saying “Find Content to Use Commercially” See the screenshot for better understanding.
One more thing you must remember while using these pictures is that you must give a link back to the original poster as a reference. If you do not do this, the use of the image will be treated as plagiarism.
Once you use the image in this way, you will not have to pay for the image and you will also have no legal liability. Remember the rules of plagiarism are the same for images as for the written and other content. If you are using Gravatar service and wanted to use other pictures instead of yours, you can this method to get pictures for your Gravatar profile.
Images must be your property or allowed by the proprietor to be used on your blog. Flicker is a good service to get pictures for free. Do remember to include the link referring to the original owner of the picture.
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