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Free stock images for your social media

There’s nothing social media users turn away from faster than a wall of text. But a boring image is almost as bad. If you don’t have a great image to catch users’ attention, you probably won’t. Unfortunately not everyone has the budget for a graphics department, or even for a fee-based stock image service.

Because this is something all businesses will deal with sooner or later, we’ve compiled a list of awesome free stock images for social media.

1. Pixabay – Over 740,000 free images. A good first place to look no matter what you’re looking for. With a huge selection and powerful sorting it’s great for trying to find exactly what you want. They even have a videos section!

2. Freepik – They have hundreds of thousands of free images for download. Their vectors section is huge, so stop here if you’re in need of a vector image.

3. The Noun Project – You don’t always need a beautiful background or a great photo. Over 100,000 royalty-free small icons for your simple icon needs.

4. Free Images – Nearly 400,000 free images divided into helpful categories. They also have a premium section for those who don’t mind paying.

5. Picjumbo – Doesn’t have as many images as some sites but the ones there are very professional, high-quality images.

6. Thstock – Another site without that many images, but really amazing landscape photos can be found here.

7. Gratisography – If you’re in the market for something outside the norm this is a great site to check out. This impressive collection of photos, all photographed by Ryan McGuire, are eye-catching, bizarre, memorable, and 100% free.

8. New Old Stock – Though not searchable or categorized like many of the other sites, this is a superb little site if you’re looking for vintage photos. Just keep scrolling down to see more amazing antique photos gathered together from public archives.

9. Pexels – Another repository for high-quality photos. Over 100 more are added every day.

10. Negative Space – Though it can’t boast a huge image repository, the images at negative space are top-notch. It also has a unique feature: the ability to sort images by where your copy needs to go (left, right, or center).

11. StockSnap.io – More beautiful royalty-free photos. Hundreds of images are added every week. They also keep track of each image’s views, downloads, and likes. You can use this information to pick out something people are really responding to, or to try to find an image no one has seen.

Adding the perfect photos to your social media is crucial for expanding your brand’s engagement. Don’t settle for the bland corporate stock photos so common across the web. Find the right image, and give your customers something they can get excited about.

Contact us to learn more about creative ways to engage your audience.

1 Comment
  • Yinan Chen
    May 19, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Hi, very informative article.
    Please also check out https://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

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