As you know that images play an important role in enhancement of a blog post. Proper implementation of images can take your each blog post to a next level. There are many benefits and various reasons why you must have images in your blog post. That is the reason why I always emphasize to use at least one image in your blog post. Not using images in blog post is a simple mistake that most of newbie bloggers make.
But when it comes to using images, you download any of image related to post that you come across and upload it to use into your post. It’s not a mistake, in fact it’s a blunder.
“Being a new blogger, you might have license to make many mistakes but making even single mistake with copyrights and image license [to use] is like a crime” – Rahul Dubey.
Do you know, you are putting all your hard work and efforts but you might be blogging in illegal way. Your such mistakes may lead you to serious problem. Don’t know how ? Let me ask you a question, do you have the usage rights or license to use that image ? Obviously, your answer would be – ” I’m not sure about it “.
Now consider a situation, you have used an image without the usage rights or permission of the owner of that image. None knows about it other than you. Great ! But what if you get a legal notice after some weeks or months demanding $1000 for that image and copyrights violation. You would be legally in trouble as you have made an unauthorized use of someone’s copyrights and the person can file a DMCA complain against you.
To be legally safe, a better idea would be to find royalty free images and use only images tagged with creative common license.
How to Find Free Blog Images Using Google Image Search ?
Google is definitely the easiest and first choice for many bloggers. Being the top most search engine, Google contains a large number of images. So it becomes quite tough to filter them with usage rights as per your desire. So, now the question is – How to find free blog images using Google search ?
On July 9, 2009, Google introduced a new feature of finding creative common images with image search which got modified recently. Thus making it easier for you to find free blog images using Google search. But before I explain the steps involved, let’s take a look at the official announcement of Google blog.
“Today, we’re launching a feature on Image Search to help you find images that you can use for free, while respecting the wishes of artists and creators. This feature allows you to restrict your Image Search results to images that have been tagged with licenses like Creative Commons, making it easier to discover images from across the web that you can share, use and even modify.”
Steps to Find Free Blog Images Using Google Search :
To find free blog images using Google search, first of all go to Google image search [images.google.com] and enter your desired keyword(s). Then hit search or enter.
Click on the Search tools [marked by green arrow]. This opens some menu in down side. Find out Usage rights and click on it.
As you click on Usage rights [marked by green arrow], this opens a drop-down menu in which you have to select your desired license for filtering. By default, it is set to filter not by any license [Not filtered by license]. You should look for Labeled for reuse with modification or Labeled for reuse, in order to use them even commercially.
Step 4 [Most Important one]
Filtering by labeled for reuse, found free blog images using Google search doesn’t guarantee that they are in public domain or available under any license. So must check about the copyrights by going through the image description or details before using them commercially. If required, you can give them an attribution or credit by marking image source or credit.
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Images are must have ingredients to make your blog post more spicy and tasty. To find free blog images using Google search is quite simple and a good idea as you can get some good quality blog images for free. But one of the biggest drawback of this search feature is that you get limited number of images under those labels. And sometimes, you get even what is 100 miles far and not related to your keywords.
Also, bloggers, web masters, photographers, artists or any of copyright holders – being dynamic body keep changing the usage rights. So the new copyrights of that image might have been different from what it used to be earlier. So, a smarter idea would be to double check an images before using them commercially. You can reverse check the details of images like copyrights and usage rights by a tool – TinEye.
Hope this post would help you to find free blog images using Google search feature. However, for any doubt or query feel free to ask or share your views and experiences via comment section below.
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