Do you pay for images for your blog?

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Do you guys use free stock sites, paid stock sites, or do you make your own images for your blog(s)?

Has anyone paid for custom images?
#blog #images #pay
  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    There are lots of free royalty-free images out there if you know where to look I can't imagine paying for that... Having a blog would become highly expensive!

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  • Profile picture of the author imgeek2727
    Unless you are using infographics, there are tons of royalty-free images online. There's a lot of them at and Just make sure you use the creative commons pictures at flickr and you have a photo credits links giving credit and attribution to the image's owner.

    Other than that, you don't need to buy. Unless you need customized images or you are using infographics. By the way, infographics create more authority to your content that standard pictures.
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  • Profile picture of the author steven Clayden
    i pay for mine from
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
    For the blog posts I just make some simple images to get the image alt tag nothing else.
    but some of my photography sites, I use my own images.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Sometimes I use Istock, but mostly I just use Flickr CC.
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  • Profile picture of the author matt5409
    stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site is where it's at. either that, or I use my own graphics.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    yeah i pay only $0.50 per image

    i usually only post once a week to my blog so thats $0.50 so nothing to worry about

    i use Royalty-Free Stock Photos, Illustrations & Vector Art | Depositphotos®

    there really good and just as good as i stock, but waaay cheaper

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  • I always use free stock images for my blogs, unless it's a product launch and I need some high quality graphics for cover or launch website.

    I like mostly, also if there are a lot of other possibilities, this is one of the best.

    Thanks and see you soon,
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I also use DepositPhotos. $0.50 per image is nothing and I don't have to worry about linking back to Flickr pages or anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manjeet Banger
    I normally pay for images I get a decent sized image at for a $1 great quality plenty of stock images here are some others below: - The leading free stock photography site. Browse through a huge gallery for high quality stock photos or share yours with others. - Free Photos and Free Images for personal, educational and non-commercial usage. - - Download free, high quality photos and illustrations. Our professional, royalty free images can be used in corporate, personal and educational projects. - Stock photos, royalty-free at the lowest prices. Search, preview and download instantly. License once, use forever, wherever. Price start at $1 for photos one of the best places to get cheap quality stock photos. - Royalty free stock photos, vector art illustrations, stock footage and audio for print and useon websites and presentations. - Search and select from millions of high resolution royalty free images, stock photos, vector art, and stock photography. - Search and download from millions of HD stock photos, royalty free images, cliparts, vectors and illustrations.
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    • Profile picture of the author bengirwb
      The web is chock full of great photos.

      I look for travel photos by searching for images on Google.

      If I want to do a blog post on Thailand, I find thousands of photos taken by folks on vacation.

      I just send them an email asking if I can use their nice photo on my blog with their credit line.

      I've gotten hundreds of free photos. And my blog gets traffic from the relatives and friends of the folks who took the photos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kane Davies
    I use Royalty free pics mostly, but i may also use something that i can take myself, or one of my photographer friends can grab me.
    If you feel adventurous, take some pics yourself and think out of the box. You'll be amazed at what you can achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Nikols
    I run two blogs one is photography based and I use my own images, being a photographer and running a stock service myself. If you need images for your blog you can look for free stuff or take your own. If you want special or unique, best to use a stock service and pay. Some services have low cost images designed for blogs and web pages. Most require some kind of membership or purchase plan. Others, like mine, do not, so you can order one image at a time with no obligation to buy more. The science blog is different, I use my images if I can but often public domain images can be found and I will use them if needed. For example I need an image of the late philosopher Eric Hoffer, to introduce an essay. My photo blog, with links to other stuff is
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  • Profile picture of the author alfid
    I haven't paid for any stock photos yet. However, I might. It's hard to get what you want with free ones. Also, it's hard to find free ones that don't have restrictions as far as creating graphics for sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael D Forbes
    Sometimes I pay
    Sometimes I use free ones
    Sometimes I create my own

    Can we say, all of the above?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ericparke
    Originally Posted by BenJackson View Post

    Do you guys use free stock sites, paid stock sites, or do you make your own images for your blog(s)?

    Has anyone paid for custom images?
    I sure do, Shutter stock is the best... 25 images a day for $250 for the month...

    Works out to be 30 cents a pic or something like that
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  • Profile picture of the author Edman15
    I do use free images but sometime I buy images if I need high quality one.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I pay for some images if I have to but I try to use free ones if I can. There are many websites that offer great free images that you can use on your blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobShambaugh
    I can usually find what I'm looking for at stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpsween88
    I have occasionally, but I just try and find free files. I've always been in the music industry with pics though. Hope this helps

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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
    We pay for images, especially on our clients' orders on ebooks and reports. We regularly buy credits to
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  • Profile picture of the author gineen
    I use my own most often. But otherwise I get a free image and then tweak it myself. It is sort of like the best of both worlds.
    Most of the time I find that the paid stock images are really stale looking...
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  • Profile picture of the author wenotice
    It really depends. If I can find a high quality image that fits the type of site then i'll use a free image. Otherwise i'll go ahead and pay for one. Just know my audiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author Qamar
    I have never ever pay a single cent for all of my photos.I have over 1000,000 high quality stock photos in my collection. Whenever I need them, I only need to go through my resources list and download any photos I like all for free.

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    • Profile picture of the author 9999
      I have been using
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