Getty Images, one of the top professional stock images collection, is now making it easy, legal and free for anybody to embed images on websites, blogs and social media platforms.
Just like Pinterest’s embed feature, you can embed a Getty image into your blog post. The YouTube-like player links back to the original image for purchase.
Here’s how you can embed Getty images in your blog post:
- Click an image’s embed icon(</>) from the search results or image detail page.
- In the embed window, copy the embed code.
- Paste the HTML code you copied into the source code of a website or blog where you want this image to appear.*
- Publish and share.
The only problems I see this not solving for bloggers is it still doesn’t give you the ability to use an image as a “featured image” in a blog post. Since the image isn’t hosted on your site, you can’t use it in WordPress’s thumbnail image function. AND the photo will not appear in email if you have subscribers who follow you via RSS feed (it will show up in an RSS reader though.)
So if Getty images isn’t a total solution for you, here are other free creative stock images for use. They may not be as “nice” or as professional-looking at Getty or other paid stock image sites like iStock and Shutterstock, but they’ll do when you’re blogging on a budget. Or blogging about budgets! Ha!
- Creative Commons (Here’s a post explaining Creative Commons rights.)
- Wikipedia: Public Domain Image Resources
- PicFindr and EveryStockPhoto.com act as search engines to multiple royalty-free image websites like the ones listed above. So save a step!