A picture is worth a thousand words. Using images on your website offers many benefits. First of all your website gets color and becomes attractive which means more user interest and engagement. Secondly, Google also likes images on websites and if you could give suitable SEO tags to these images, you can get real SEO benefit by using images on your website. However, getting high quality free stock photos is not an easy job because most of the image sites price their images very high which can not be afforded by everyday bloggers or site owners.
But it is possible to use free stock photos if you know where to source your images because their are many websites and services on the internet which offer absolutely free stock photos. Some of them require attribution while many also allows you to use their images without even any attribution. These free stock photos are professional quality. There is huge number of these free images available. Given below are my favorite sources for getting free stock photos, in order of priority.
This is one of the first plugins that i install on any new website. This plugin gives you option to search from millions of free Flickr photos which you can then use on your own website. The plugin not only uploads the image to your webserver from Flickr but also adds an automatic attribution which is a legal requirement from Flickr.
This is a great website with great quality free stock photos which are free to download and use. It does not require any attribution. The images are as good as any paid stock photos website.
This is purely a stock photos website but offers free stock photos in smaller sizes for free in exchange for an attribution back to the website and the image owner. The sizes of the images are ideal for website use.
4. Stock Xchang
This is one of the oldest free stock photos website and has a very large collection of free images for use on website or blog.
5. Morgue File
This is another great source for free images and one of the oldest such services.
6. RGB Stock
Another good site for free photos.
Another source with a lots of free stock photos for use on blog or website.