First impressions are important. In less than two-tenths of a second, a website visitor has formed an impression of your brand, and has decided if they will stay on your site or move on.
So how do you properly build your small business website for that fleeting moment?
Use quality images.
Quality images are not always easy to find. With Google Images, for example, you might find pixelated photos or be vulnerable to downloading images protected by a copyright.
If you have ever shared your own photos on the web, you know the importance of protecting your images online and wouldn’t want to infringe on others’ photo rights. But if this concept is new for you, it is important to protect yourself from any legal action, and stick to websites that eliminate this threat by ensuring all images are copyright(and cost)-free!
Here are six free stock photo websites that come highly recommended from the agency Fusion 360:
This site is a great place to find blog-style photos of landscapes, since 10 new photos are submitted every 10 days. With the motto, “Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos,” you will be in the clear to use these photos in everything from image carousels to thumbnails on your site.
2. IM FREE
This free image site is relatively new to the stock photo scene, but has an extensive, category-based library that will give you the most robust options from which to choose. With additional features like templates, buttons, and icons, IM FREE is a place you can spend hours browsing to build the most visually-appealing small business website.
3. Foodie’s Feed
For your catering business or new restaurant, Foodie’s Feed exclusively features edible items in its image arsenal. New images are uploaded every week, and you are able to consume them for free thanks to donations via PayPal.
4. New Old Stock
Little did you know that copyrights last for only a certain period of time. New Old Stock takes advantage of those licensing terms and releases lapsed-copyright photos back into the public. While displaying classic black-and-white images, the site also includes old-school, vintage advertisements (which is the best to browse for Friday procrastination).
5. The Amazing Pattern Library
This is not-your-average stock photo website. The Amazing Pattern Library contains patterns shared by the world’s most talented designers. In one click you can download high-resolution designs ready for display on any type of website.
6. Free Refe Real Life Photos
We think this site is one of the most interesting options of the half-dozen listed, because all images were taken with just a cell phone! Most of the images are likely too small to print, but are still perfect to download and showcase on your website. Subjects include both object and landscapes to appeal to a wide audience.
For more information take a look at the infographic below:
About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Senior Specialist of Content Marketing for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on the Webs Blog and Twitter.