Today, I want to talk about finding royalty-free images from free imaging sites. I personally love Pixabay, so I will be using that as an example.
For my latest Bullet Journaling PLR package, I have graphics and eCovers in there for you, but I did not include royalty-free images. So, I wanted to show you how you can look for them and find the right ones.
These are just some little tricks I personally like to use when just typing in the common keywords isn’t helping me find anything good. I also have some tips specifically for journaling content!
Tip #1: Think Outside the Box When it Comes to Keywords
I think we all know to begin an image search, you type the most literal keyword you can think of. For journal-related content, you probably start with “journal”. Definitely don’t hesitate to do this! However, you will run into a wall at some point in the search results and need to think of some other keywords that are related to journaling in order to bring up those other images.
To find other keywords, start with the ones that are closest to what you are searching for. In the example of journal, this might include:
To continue the search, maybe try an action for the keyword you are looking for. Such as:
You would be surprised how many more results you get just by switching the keywords around a little bit. Just like when you are researchcing your content, you start with the most obvious keyword, then you start thinking of those related to that keyword, and go from there.
Tip #2: Browse Through the User’s Photos
Another way I like to find images on Pixabay (and other imaging sites) is to look for one good image, then click on the User of whoever uploaded it. Often times, they will have other images in a series with that same topic, subject, or style. When you want multiple images of the same type of style, this is one of the easiest ways to find them.
It might take a few tries, but eventually you will have a list of users that have the images you need. This is how I ended up finding good graphics for my sales page that all seemed to go together.
Tip #3: Save Your Favorites for Later
I am always running into images I love, but that aren’t a good fit for what I am currently working on. Don’t scroll past them! I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to go back and find an image, and it took hours of searching before I remembered what keyword I originally used.
Save your favorites! Pixabay allows you to do this easily by just clicking the heart – without ever having to click on the image. I’m sure other free imaging sites have a similar function.
This saves time, and gets you a good collection of images to use for various projects.
Helpful? No? Medium helpful? Okay I’ll take it!