Using Google To Find Images For Your Blog Posts? Attention Please!

The one common thing you can find with all the posts in my blog and Google+ stream is, they all have an appealing picture (well, I assume they’re appealing ;-) ) with it. Yes, and that’s one of the key elements (9 elements of a perfect post) that attracts people to check my posts.

But getting good pictures for your blog posts is a difficult task. Either you have to pay for stock images or you need to design it yourself. Well, in my case, I design the graphics for the content I share and I’d say it’s an easy task. But I’m sure hundreds of bloggers out there who are not comfortable with Photoshop or other similar applications.

So, is there a way around to find free pictures for our posts? Of course there is an easy way. I’m sure most of you’re familiar with it too.

What is it? Simply do a Google search for images and steal it.

Really? Yeah, you can do that if you’re comfortable getting sued for copyright infringement later. I’m not kidding, that’s illegal to use images you find in a Google search inside your blog or social media posts.

But, there are hundreds of thousands images on the web which are free to re-use and Google can show this to you too. A few months back I’ve written a post about doing an advanced search to find pictures that can be used without worrying about any legal issues. The below screenshot shows how the advanced search worked then.

Advanced search - images

But not many people were aware of this and most probably they’re doing the stealing way. Fortunately, the ‘feature to find free to use images’ just got better and it’s more visible now. Google’s Matt Cutts just made an post on twitter that shows an update in the Google images search.

Google images search update - Matt Cutts

Now you can simply click on the the search tools to customize your search by adding the ‘usage rights’, easily. You can either go to Google, search for what you’re looking for and then click on images tab or simply go to or to start using it.

By default the image results are not filtered by any license. But using the usage rights feature you can filter images that are:

  • labeled for reuse
  • labeled for commercial reuse
  • labeled for reuse with modification
  • labeled for commercial reuse with modification

A useful tip to have exclusive post images: Who doesn’t have a good camera or camera-phone these days. It would be great to take some nice photographs for your own posts. If you don’t have a post for the picture you just took, keep it in your drive, you’ll soon have one. Some of my post images are generated this way :-)

If you prefer to see infographics than traditional articles, here is a list of infographics I’ve shared recently. Click on the image to see the full post.


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3 Responses so far.

  1. With so much clutter and chatter in the cyber world I kind of feel like I am trash picking most of the time. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Kumar Gauraw says:

    Hi Mervik,

    I personally use Stock Images and a few other royalty free image repositories and my own manipulated PhotoShop images once in a while for my blog posts.

    However, these are great tips for many starters because most of them knowing not what they are doing, end up inappropriately stealing some of the images. Thanks for sharing and helping fellow bloggers.


  3. Oliver Benn says:

    The problem I found with the CC licensed images is that you never know, whether they are really free to use, or whether someone stole them in the first place and then made them free to use under a CC license, without having the right to do so, because they didn’t belong to him. This way, you would get into trouble as well. Therefore the best way is to create the images yourself or to purchase them from a stock agency. If you know for sure, who the original artist / photographer is, you can certainly contact him for permission. But other than that …

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