Research shows that content with images get 94 percent more views and that if a relevant image is paired with the same information, people retain 65 percent of the information three days later.
Unfortunately, organizations run lots of bad stock images with their content. Fortunately, more and more websites offer striking stock images that can make your content pop.
These free image websites use creative commons zero (CC0) license, which indicates ownership rights have been waived, so no attribution is needed.
Check out these websites for free, high-quality stock photos:
Unsplash adds 10 photos every 10 days via an email subscription or through its website.
You can browse the website by scrolling down the home page, browse by new [photos], searching by collection or keywords or search by photographer name. You can switch to the grid format as well.
StockSnap images can be sorted by date, which images are trending, or the number of views or downloads. It has a big search area on the home page where you can search based on keywords or by popular searches. You can also browse by recently added photos. Visit its photo license page for the terms and conditions.
Pixabay has more than 940,000 photos, vectors and art illustrations. You can browse by Editor’s Choice, photographers, videos, photos and cameras that took the photos.
It has a robust or advanced search button that helps you find the right photo based on certain criteria such as orientation (horizontal or vertical), color and size.