SEO 2.0 Best Practices: Images or Finding Stock Photos


For my SEO 2.0 blog I tended to use images only as a nice to have add on due to the fact that my time for blogging was very limited. One week I added images to all posts, the next week I didn’t but by now I do as often as I can. Why?

Why should you use images even if you blog about topics which rarely yield any significant imagery beyond screen shots?

An image

  • catches attention
  • stirs curiosity
  • illustrates a topic
  • makes you relate to the subject
  • helps you to memorize
  • looks good and thus makes an overall positive impression on the reader
  • is great for being found at Google image search

It’s not easy to find images, especially free stock photos you can freely use on your blog without having to pay, if you don’t what I know: There are stock photography and free image search engines!

So I won’t offer you an overwhelmingly large list of sites to find stock images on. I will recommend 4 image search engines I use to find stock photography:

  1. Compfight / A Flickr Search Tool (with Creative Commons option)
  2. Creative Commons search (on Flickr)
  3. everystockphoto – searching free photos
  4. PicFindr: Free stock photo and image search

I seldom use more than one of these 4 as it’s easy to find images to illustrate your point with a few clicks using one of these stock photo search engines. In most cases I already find the image I need on Compfight.


These days using attractive images on blog posts is a SEO 2.0 best practice. Postings without images are the exception.

Last updated: February 20th, 2012.