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Welcome to the weekly blogging tip and comment game! This week I’m talking about finding photos for your blog posts.
As I wrote in a previous Saturday tip: photos in your posts are good. But how do you find photos and properly attribute them?
Texan Mama writes:
I think a lot of bloggers could benefit from learning what the rules and etiquette are for posting photos other than their own. And, hopefully, you could hook us up with a couple of sites where it’s totally okay to take the photos without worrying about violating copyright or creative commons or hurting anyone’s feelings or whatever.
The rules are simple: unless you have taken a photo yourself or obtained the photo from a PR person, you should credit the source. Simply add a line at the end of your post that says “Photo credit: xyz.com.” Following is a list of ways to find photos for your posts:
- PicFindr: Useful site that searches several sources of free stock photos simultaneously.
- Microsoft’s Clip Art: This site offers much more than what you’d traditionally think of as “clip art.”
- Stockvault: Free stock photos, decent selection.
- 123 Royalty Free: Very nice selection of free images. Images stay on the site for 30 days, then expire and new images are continually being added.
- morgueFile: More free stock photos.
- Stock.xchng: Another free stock photography site. Also offers photos for as little as $1 each.
- Flickr: Photos on Flickr listed under a Creative Commons license are available for use on your blog with proper attribution. Please read this excellent post: A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images
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- Leave a comment here with a link to one of your best blog posts (or just your main URL if you prefer).
- After you leave your comment, visit the link of the person who commented BEFORE you.
- Comment on their post and be sure to say “Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest” in your comment.
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