It used to be tricky finding images to use in your lists, quizzes and polls. If you’re promoting yourself you can’t just pluck any images out of a Google search. Standard stock images are often bland or clichéd and there are often complicated payment systems. Fortunately there are now two ways you can fill your viral content with vibrant images.
And guess what? They’re both free!
1) Getty Images
Yes. You did read correctly! Getty Images are famous for chasing down people who use their images without payment or attribution but we’ve had their images available on Riddle for months now. They’ve brought out a great new system where you can search through and use their images. They include a back link to Getty Images but that’s a small price (free) to pay for quality content.
This system is especially good for images of celebrities. It’s notoriously difficult to celebrity photos that you have full consent to use but this system makes it easy
One word of caution. You don’t actually download the Getty Images. They are automatically served via their online system. This means they won’t appear when your content is shared on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. So don’t use one for your title (hero) image.
“But the hero image is the most important one! It’s the one that will entice people to share my viral content.”
That’s very true and that’s where the second option comes in.
2) Rights free images
There are now lots of sites offering high quality images that you are free to use to promote your work. You need to check the rules for each site as some require attribution but mostly you can download the images and use them as you wish. We’ve put together a quick list of some of the better sites we’ve seen and used.