So you have a blog, and you want more traffic? Welcome to the world of blogging! Are you struggling to attract more readers or make them stay longer despite really good content?
Aaahhhh… Pretty frustrating huh?!
Enter in stock photos. The easiest way to add depth and visual content to your blog post. Adding stock photos to your website will attract more users and keep them on your page longer.
BONUS! The better your images the more likely your people will engage with your posts and share on social media. Remember the visuals are more attractive than words. Photos make your posts easier to scan and make reading a lot more enjoyable. Just like on Facebook (see chart below) photos do better than just words (status updates) and videos.
Top Sources of Engagement on Facebook
Think about it. Blog posts with more pictures are visually more pleasing. You don’t want to bombard your readers with big blocks of uninterrupted text. Your visitors will leave your website right away if your content looks long and boring.
So if you want more people to pay attention to what you have to say, ALWAYS include photos on your blog posts. And not just any photos. High-resolution photos.
Are you thinking that sounds nice but I’m not a photographer!
Well, I am here to help you. Below are 10 websites for stock photos. Most are completely free!
Freepik is a site that sells stock photos as well as vectors and icons. Not all photos are free but more than half of them are.
Unsplash is a site of very high-quality stock photos to use They tend to be on the moody side though. They do have some bright and airy ones too.
3) Creative Market
Every week Creative Market offers 6 free goods. A lot of the time they are stock photos. Check the freebies section every Monday for their new offers.
Pixabay has great photos but they tend to be very basic. Scenery and people. But their selection is very good.
5) Death to Stock
Death to Stock has really good modern photos. More boho and black and white vibes.
This site, Gratisgraphy is very unique. THeir photos are bright and fun and would be great for playful feeds and aesthetics.
Pexels site is pretty common. They have a huge selection of high-quality photos. Again more your typical stock photo that leans towards all dark and moody. But if that’s what you are looking for this site will be perfect for you!
8) Stock Snap
Stock Snap has really good lifestyle photos. A lot of their photos have people in them. They have good diversity in their photos and categories as well.
9) Adobe Stock
By far they have the best selection. They are not free but you get 10 free ones a month if you pay for any of their programs like Photoshop. Their selection and quality are the best.
10) Hudson Farmhouse
Yes me! I have to add in myself (sorry shameful plug) if you sign up for my newsletter you will get some free photos in my emails. Plus I send lots of other goodies too!
People often ignore the importance of photos when they are writing an article or publishing a blog post.
Search engines like Google like pages with fewer bounce rates and relevant content. To keep your reader on the page longer you not only need good writing but good photos and graphics as well.