Your readers can identify quality images. If your images are poor or low quality (like snapshots instead of photos), your audience can tell immediately. This can drastically reduce the trust that your readers have in your content.
I know. Operating on a tight budget, I have been using low quality images for years. Even I can tell they are low quality.
Here are a few reasons why some people are forced to use low quality images (and then the simple solution):
- It’s too expensive to buy the good ones
- The royalty free sites aren’t really free
- It is illegal to use someones photo off the Internet without their permission (except for “fair use” – if you can figure out what will hold up in a court of law)
- Non-existent photography skills
- Lack of time or resources to take good photos
The simple solution to the problem is pixabay, a genuinely FREE image website with High Quality Images.
You do have to sift through to find the good ones, but they are there. Use lots of search terms to find just what you are looking for and crop it if necessary to fit that special niche you are seeking to fill.
If you have not signed up for a free account at pixabay, you are missing out.
The fun part is that you can also share your photos on the site. And if they meet the grade, pixabay will put them up for others to download. And you get the benefit of an “ad-free” experience.
And if you supply your Paypal email address – someone might just buy you a cup of coffee to thank you for the picture.
It is a fun. fresh. site. You should check it out today.
And, no. I don’t get any kickbacks if you join (unless you buy me a cup of coffee).