Whether you’re writing for yourself, or a client, it is often important to include images with the text you’re writing. When choosing an image to use, it is absolutely essential to find one which has the proper license type so you can use it. If your particular project has a sufficient budget, you can simply purchase the rights to use a specific photo. For most things, however, a good free image is more than enough. I’ve found that the easiest way to find free images, with the proper licenses, is to use the Bing Image Search, and then sort by license type.
It is quite simple to do. Here are some step by step instructions:
For this example, we’ll look for an image of funny faces.
Go to http://bing.com
Type in Funny Faces, and hit enter.
Now click on “Images” at the top (see picture)
This will pull up hundreds of pictures of funny faces. Don’t get distracted, we’re not done yet.
The next step is to filter these images so only those with the right license type are displayed. To do this, click License, and then “Free to Share and Use Commercially” (see image below)
And then –
Once you click the Free to share and use commercially, all the images will load up. These images were published with a license type which allows people to use them freely. Scroll through, and choose the image you want to use in your post.
If you have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to post in the comments below, or email me directly.