Active Bloggers: How frequent do you use stock images?

by Adie
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I am running 2 active authority blogs and I'm in love with royalty free images. I post at least 1 article per blog daily and there is always a link to a clickbank product. I use 1 image for every post. I take stock images from 123rf.com for $1 per image and I am satisfied. In short, I am spending at least $2 daily for stock images.

How much do you spend on stock images each month? Can you recommend a good site where we can buy images lower than $1? Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I rarely use stock photos for my blog posts as I create my own.
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  • Profile picture of the author drr
    If you use WP you can use something like the pixabay plugin to insert public domain/royalty free images.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    This thread really cut my stock photos spending!
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  • Profile picture of the author Humbee360
    I use a combination of stock images, (but not per image, pricing, thats probably a little more than I want to invest in images) I create my own, but also use a number of online resources, RF memberships where I can obtain access to an image database at a flat rate.

    But more often I use text graphics, together with RF content to develop my own style of images.

    Good thread, a lot of people do not realize how important it can be to visually communicate with readers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yaro
    I rarely use stock photos. I've found some good public use ones under the creative commons search -

    CC Search

    For products I create I do buy images from Depositphotos: Royalty-Free Stock Photos, Illustrations & Vector Art

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  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    I have never bought stock photos. I have borrowed from other people with their permission. Here is a tip,
    after writing your post think of objects, scenery, something visual appealing that you have around you that may go good in your particular post.

    Grab your cell phone or camera and take the photo. Clean it up in a photo editor and if you are happy with the shot, post it - with blog post.

    When you take your own photos you don't have to worry about the creator telling you you can't have the photo on your blog. Even if you bought it on a stock photo site.

    One more tip, ask your readers what they thought of the photo and see if they like it or not. If they did you can take that photo and sell it on the stock photo sites.

    You get instant benefits by posting it to your blog and make a little extra money by selling personal use rights.

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I personally dont ever use stock images (or images at all) on my blog. I suppose mine serves a different purpose than what your's does. But it's a great idea. If you feel like an image(s) will help to increase clicks to your posts and stir up more interaction... then do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ripster
    I only use free stock photos on my blog, I wouldn't waste my money paying for them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by Ripster View Post

      I only use free stock photos on my blog, I wouldn't waste my money paying for them.
      Free image is not available on all occasions and I wouldn't call it "wasting money" if you know the value of using a stock photo .

      Sorry but saying "wasting money" on stock images sounds offensive to me. You mean people who use images from gettyimages are wasting money? What if you really need a photo of Nelson Mandela laughing and you can't find one? Would you steal other people's image from their website because you don't want to "waste money" on stock image? I don't get it....
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      • Profile picture of the author master reseller
        Originally Posted by Adie View Post

        Free image is not available on all occasions and I wouldn't call it "wasting money" if you know the value of using a stock photo .

        Sorry but saying "wasting money" on stock images sounds offensive to me. You mean people who use images from gettyimages are wasting money? What if you really need a photo of Nelson Mandela laughing and you can't find one? Would you steal other people's image from their website because you don't want to "waste money" on stock image? I don't get it....
        If you are using stock photos now successfully, then stay on that path. What works for you, might not work for another as some might not have your budget or just might not prefer to go with stock photos.
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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    I use images and/or video in almost every post. I very rarely pay for stock images as I use images from my own stock library.

    Cheers

    -don
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I use both free stock photos (pinterest) and video (you tube), because people do not like to see dry [TEXT ONLY] body copy. There is even a move toward an animated GIF again. I thought that one was gone. FLASH however is over. Make your content more sticky and get more views.
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    • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      I use both free stock photos (pinterest) and video (you tube), because people do not like to see dry [TEXT ONLY] body copy. There is even a move toward an animated GIF again. I thought that one was gone. FLASH however is over. Make your content more sticky and get more views.
      For the record Pinterest is NOT a stock photo site...

      https://about.pinterest.com/en/copyright

      Pinterest ("Pinterest") respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same. It is Pinterest's policy, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others...
      In-fact a large portion of the photos on Pinterest are pirated in the first place. Secondarily, Creative Commons photos pinned from Flickr are pinned with linkbacks and attributions which adhere to the CC license terms.

      Cheers

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  • All in all, the best (and the easiest solution) would be to use your own images as much as you can and attribute when using other people's photos. It's easier now to take photos on your phone, edit them, and post them in your blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by John Jonas Phil VA View Post

      All in all, the best (and the easiest solution) would be to use your own images as much as you can and attribute when using other people's photos. It's easier now to take photos on your phone, edit them, and post them in your blog.
      Yes, but not all the time. See my post above. You can't create a photo of other people unless you do a caricature and it is not applicable in some cases.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vik Pandey
    Hi Adie, google the public domain images. You will find some royal free images sites. You still have to buy some images but if you use combination of both your cost will go down for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    Depositphotos.com offers very reasonable subscriptions that can cost much less than $1 per image.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Adie,

    Never really. These days I only use my travel photos. When I used stocks I always went with freedigitalphotos.net. Solid stocks, nice selection, easy to download.

    All the best.

    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author shashikant1010
    i am a blogger. i write 1 article in week but i dont think i have to buy image for my blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    Spending one or two dollars is not a lot of money, especially considering how much everything else in marketing costs. It seems like a fair offer for a rare photograph, as you said you might not be able to find otherwise.
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  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    Getty Images allows a lot of their images to be embedded in webpages as well. The code for embedding the image is available on their site. I've used their images occasionally on a personal blog of mine when I couldn't find any other suitable images.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
    The important thing here is that you are happy with the decision and if being passionate about your choice to use stock photos inspires others to try it out, then that's an additional win.
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