SEO 2.0 Best Practices: Images or Finding Free to Use Photos

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For my SEO 2.0 blog I tended to use images only as a nice to have addition due to the fact that my time for blogging was very limited.

In the early days I added images to some of my articles here on the blog. By now I always do add teaser images to my posts. 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.

In case you didn’t know yet: There are stock photography and free image search engines!

Thus 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 free to use photography:

  1. Unsplash
  2. Pixabay
  3. Pexels
  4. Pikwizard

I seldom use more than one of these 4 as it’s easy to find high quality free to use images to illustrate your point with a few clicks using one of these sites.

In most cases I already find the image I need on Unsplash.

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