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Do you find yourself constantly looking for unique images to complement your blog post as an affiliate marketer or a blogger? Do you know that a lot of these “free” stock photo websites have some strict terms and conditions? How do you use images to complement your articles and not get copyright strikes?

In this post, I will show you where to get images for your blog posts to avoid trouble in the future. It does not matter if you’re into affiliate marketing, blogging or a video content creator.

First, It is absolutely important to write great articles that your audience can understand and draw specific solutions from. Quality pictures, vector, illustration, graphics are a corroborative items that help to bring the points in your story to life. As a result, your readers are able to connect with you on a deeper level and see the value that you provide.

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Have you ever tried to read a blog post without images? I don’t know about you, but reading a blog post without images is reading a boring block of text. And if we must use images at all, we might as well go for the quality ones. right?

In this post, I will share with you some of the best websites where you can get graphics and creative elements that will help you deliver your story in a compelling way. Some websites are free to use and some are paid.

What royalty free images do you prefer to use when creating content on your blog?

Do you simply get old images on a free stock photo website?

Do you spend some money on a higher quality images on a premium royalty free stock photos’ website?

Once again, kindly leave your thoughts in the comments. I am willing to approve all relevant links.

Images that you can and cannot use for your post

Let’s start with what images you are allowed to use, no questions asked…

If you weep out your camera or smartphone and take pictures by yourself, you do have the right to use those images however you want to. Which includes, selling, placing text over them or applying additional graphics to spice them up. You can display them on your website, social medial and use them in video production. You also have the right to use images that you have purchased.

Images you should not use…

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Now and then, we go on google to search for images we want to use for projects. More often than not, we find very beautiful images that match our search. The question is, do we really have the right to use those images?

Google will emphatically state that “images may be subject to copyright” and leave you with a link to learn more. Don’t use images from Google, unless you want to pay a fine for copyright infringement.

If you find beautiful photos on somebody’s website, don’t use them. It might cost you a lot more down the road. I know there are beautiful images out there. Nobody really wants have to buy images for their articles, but it is better to be safe than get in trouble.

Here are some websites where you can get high quality images at affordable price. Some even offer free license.


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Depositephotos Is a stock photography agency that sells images across dozens of categories under a royalty free license.

They work with creatives, contributors like photographers and illustrators from all over the world to sell their work through subscription and single order credit plans.

Pricing in this case is dependent on the plan you pick.

  • These plans include…
  • Single credit purchases
  • Automated monthly and annual plans
  • Special bulk purchase offer
  • Free images

It is absolutely nice that you can get a Depositphotos account for free. If you opt-in to their list to get weekly email updates, they give you notifications about their special deals on a range of products.

So what’s the catch here? If you ask me…

There is none really. Deposiphotos is clearly who they say they are.

They have provided a thorough overview of who they are and what they are about in the Q and A section of their website.

In it, they clearly explain what royalty free images means.

Royalty-free means that an image is available for use in accordance with the Licensing Terms without the need for additional subscription or condition of the place, audience, way of use, etc.

“When buying an image under a royalty-free license, you receive a non-exclusive lifelong right to use it for your purposes within the bounds states by the Standard or Extended licenses”

However, Standard means you have certain restrictions especially as it pertains to sales. Extended, on the other hand, means you can go all out using the free photo images whether posting to your blog or using them for your project work if you are a student. However, I will advise that you form the habit of reading and understanding the terms and conditions on these stock images websites thoroughly before use their resources.

2 something for everyone

Depositphotos is super rich in selection and choices of images which includes graphic designs, High quality photos’, short quality footage, 3D elements, and models. Without mincing words, they have something for everyone.

Frankly, it’s quite difficult to find another website that can beat them to it as of the time of this post. Take a quick pick.

3 Easy navigation.

Depositphotos makes navigation on their website easy for visitors to find whatever they are looking for as opposed to some other websites. I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of easy navigation on websites.

They even have this cool category selection in the search window and additional filter you can use to sieve through a ton of options to find what you are looking for.


Creating compelling content as an affiliate or a blogger, sometimes is largely dependent on your ability to combine visual elements, be that in video production or blog post. But the problem is finding those elements that exactly fit your content is like finding a needle in a pile of dirt. This confusion can be very frustrating, not to mention the expenses that come with it when you factor in the need to hire a graphic artist to create images and visuals for you.

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Even if you can afford it, it may not make any logical sense to buy every single individual item as often as you create content?

To solve this problem, Presentermedia is an-all-in-one go-to resource website with thousands of assets you can use with more being added on a consistent basis.

PresenterMedia has an intuitive search engine to quickly find exactly what you need.

To create custom assets fast and easy without any expensive and complicated tools. All these at a price shown in the image below.

4 things I love about Presenter Media.

#1 Video asset

They have a lot of beautifully designed video assets that you can easily apply as a template or as an illustration with great animation for your instructional videos.

There are thousands of clip art images for your projects as well as animated graphics and great looking 3D backgrounds.

2# Searchable content.

Match your visuals to your search queries by just typing into the search bar key phrases that describe your topic, thoughts, point or concept. And you will be able to pick from a wide range of options that fit your need.

They also have nicely integrated a PowerPoint plugin that makes finding assets easy with the click of a button. This is a big time saver in my opinion.

#3 Customizable content.

As much as I love Photoshop, I also want to recognize and identify with those who find it too complex and boring. You know, some times we want put a little spin on our photos without need for photoshop. With a couple of clicks, Presenter Media allows you to use customizable templates to create your own graphics. No complicated software! No hiring a graphics artist! Just a little graphics goodness! And you can also achieve this with their video templates. However, as a photoshop user myself, this will never serve as a replacement for that intelligent piece of software called photoshop and the likes. Just thought to mention that.

By the way, If you ever need a hand with photoshop step-by-step training, here is my #1 recommendation.

At $60 annually PresenterMedia would pay for itself many times over. Also, backed up with a 90-day money back guarantee.

The only downside is that their video templates do not

come with any sound effects. But you can easily find great free-to-use sound effects on YouTube creative platform. This is not a big deal. But just so you know.

#Their terms of use and licensing.

This is by no means legal advice. It is great to know that they have quite a liberal license agreement. But I will encourage that you make a conscious effort to read their terms and licensing agreements. Especially for marketers and people who sell merchandise… There are some things you cannot do with their images. Such as putting their images on coffee cups, hats, T-shirts, for sale.

I hope this helps hope you have been able to get some use information that you implement in your business. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any concern.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Dave Sweney

    The sources you mention are great places to get images for a blog site or an affiliate marketing site. I have used both and I like the selection they have and also the ease you have to navigate and find what you are looking for. You obviously know a thing or two about images, the ones you are using for this post are very effective.

    Are there places over and above these two sites where you can use images at no cost? I have been using one for my e-commerce stores and it too works well called Burst, and their images are oriented to stores but are free to use (with attribution for some). 

    Images are so important to emphasize points or to break up a post. They can also have a link where you can send readers to at times. Do you use any special graphics design tools for your images or use then as is? I have seen some that have been modified (like some of yours on this post), and have wondered if this is allowed?

    1. admin

      Dave thanks for your kind words.

      Absolutely. There are a “gazillion” resources out there when it comes to stock images. I pretty much like to stick to the resources that I have used or are using when I do reviews. Burst is a great website. the thing about using free images is that they are quite restrictive because of their terms and conditions, which most people don’t even bother to read, so they are at high risk of getting copyright strikes in the feature.

      Almost all the images I used in this post are my property. My long term goal is to strickly use my own images for all my post. I understand that this decision will come with a lot of work, but it will save me a lot of problems in the long run as well. I recommend you do the same. As you noticed, the mages that I used in this post have been worked on in photoshop. That is one of the many benefits of using images that you own. 

      Thanks for reading.

  2. Harry

    Wow, I have been using Google images for my blog all along and I just became aware a few days ago that I might get in trouble for it. 

    Thankfully, nothing has happened so far but I have to start replacing them.

    I’ll try DepositPhotos for a while. I’ve also heard about Shutterstock. Are they any good?

    1. admin

      Yes, the images you use from Google are coming from other people’s websites. if you click through an image, you’ll be redirected to its source. Shutterstock has great images as well.

      thanks for reading.

  3. MissusB

    Visual images are one of the most important factors which should be included in a content as it prevents the eyes from getting stress of reading too much. It serves as a break that’s why it’s advisable to add a picture after 150-200 words. A lot of young readers are also visual-spatial and it will help them to understand more if there are related pictures or short video clips to look at. 

    Presenter Media and Deposit Photos are great choices with different offers depending on the need of a blogger. Since I am new to this online job, I would prefer deposit photo and purchase a pic I need then get other visuals from a free platform like pixabay. But then Presenter Media has a lot of interesting things to offer. I could probably switch when I become more stable. Thanks for sharing these ideas. It really helps to know which things are allowed or not especially on uploading images. This is one issue that people tend to be uncareful.

    1. admin

      Thank you very much for your contribution. I am glad you found some value in this article.

  4. Henry

    Hi! I know how important visuals are for our posts. As you have stated, a good site combines interesting content with captivating pictures.

    I have read good reviews about PresenterMedia. You have also mentioned it here and I’m ready to join their platform. Besides the $60 USD annual membership, do they also have a monthly membership? Thanks in advance.

    1. admin

      Hi Henry, thanks for stopping by. You do have options with PresenterMedia. They do have a monthly package of $39.

  5. Emmanuel Buysse

    I was struggling with it in the beginning as well. Tried to search on Google, but that isn’t such a great idea. There is a section of Wikipedia that can give you royalty free pictures, I use shutters rock as well. Anyway, you give great tips to people who don’t know what to do. So thanks a lot for sharing it! 

    1. admin

      Hi Emmanuel, thanks for your contribution.

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