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10 Best Sites That Offer Gorgeous Free Images for Blogs

10 Best Sites That Offer Gorgeous Free Images for Blogs

In our modern world, everything seems to move at hyper-speed. Most people decide whether they will keep reading something within just a few seconds. To keep readers’ attention on your blog, one of the best way is to use eye-catching visuals. A study conducted by Hubspot revealed that “photos on Facebook Pages received 53% more Likes than the average post[1] The same study also found that “photo posts attracted 104% more comments than the average post.” If you want to keep your readers’ engaged and attract new readers to your blog, the answer is simple: add more high quality visual content. The following are some great sites that offer free images for blogs.

Pixabay

    Pixabay is one of the largest and most comprehensive photos sites on our list. They offer almost one million free photos from subjects as diverse as fresh asparagus and mountain goats to stunning cityscapes and portraits. All photos on the site are completely free and you are not required to credit the source in any way. Pixabay is one of the best resources for grabbing awesome photos in a short amount of time. Their search feature allows you to filter results based on your exact needs.

    Unsplash

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      Unsplash is another great resource for free images for blogs. When you scroll through their site, you see only one photo at a time, which can be less overwhelming. They also have a search feature so that you can find specific subjects. If you don’t find what you are looking for on Pixabay, Unsplash may have just what you need. They also add new photos regularly and have a section where you can view the most recently added photos.

      Foodies Feed

        This site is amazing for everything food related. While some of the photos can be downloaded and used for free, this site also offers something called Foodiesfeed premium. After paying a one time fee, you have access to hundreds more photos, conveniently organized by type of food, holiday, or country of origin. If you regularly write about topics related to food, cooking, or restaurant dining, Foodiesfeed provides high quality images to pair with your posts.

        Photogen

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          This site varies somewhat on the quality of their photos. However, you can search for photos based on simple categories and all photos are free with no attribution required. Their photos also have more of a unique, local feel than some of the other stock photography sites. If you need a specific image, but don’t want it to look like a professional photographer staged the shot, this could be a great site to use.

          Skitterphoto

            From delicious-looking sushi to adorable newborn puppies, skitterphoto offers an impressive variety of public domain images. They offer a range of quality, from amateur to professional looking photographs. You are also able to see how many times each photo has been viewed and downloaded, so you have any idea how many other sites are using that photo. This feature is useful if you want to find a photo that will make your site more unique.

            Freeimages

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              Although the name implies all images are free, the site actually offers many different types of photos with different rates and attributions. This site is helpful if you need different types of quality in your photos. For example, you may want several basic photos that you don’t want to spend money to get. Then, you may need one or two extra high quality or rare images. This site allows you to browse and satisfy all your photo needs in one place.

              Flickr

                Flickr is another site with an overwhelming quantity of photos – in a good way. According to their homepage, flickr currently boasts 13 billion photos. Not all of these, however, are available for public use. If you want to find free, no attribution photos all you need to do is search for photos that have the creative commons license. Since most of the photos on this site are not free for public use, it’s important that you search correctly and check each photo for any necessary attributions.

                Public Domain Pictures

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                  The photos on this site are conveniently categorized and the site lets you filter results further by popularity, rating, and date. Most photos are available for free download at moderate sizes. If you need larger file sizes, you can download the premium version for a low fee, usually $.05-$.10. Under the “professional photos” section, the site features photos from other stock photography websites, so you can easily access a broad range of photos all from one place.

                  Ancestryimages

                    If you are looking for specific historical images, ancestry images is a great place to start. This site is different than the others mentioned so far, because it does not include general stock photography. Instead, the site focuses on highly specific historical documents like antique maps and decorative prints. If you need an image of an engraving from the mid 1800s or a three hundred year old map of China, ancestry images is the place to go!

                    Rgbstock

                      Rgbstock is more than just a stock photography site. Contributors to the site include graphic designers and other artists as well as photographers. As a result, the site has a higher ratio of graphics and abstract art than the other sites mentioned. The site does require you to register, but registration is completely free. Rgbstock is a great resource for blogs that need a lot of graphics or abstract images, in addition to more typical stock photography.

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                      [1] Hubspot: Photos on Facebook Generate 53% More Likes than the Average Post

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                      How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

                      How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

                      The cycle of bad habits is what keeps us living small and stops us from reaching our true potential. Breaking a bad habit isn’t as hard as it seems; despite being a CEO of a company and raising two children, I still managed to break 3 bad habits I had within 2 months. Yes, that’s quitting one habit in less than 21 days.

                      I took steps to eliminate them one at a time. Habits such as drinking Coke every day, slouching when sitting and not having a consistent exercise routine.

                      So how did I break these habits? I used the Control Alternate Delete Method (Ctrl Alt Del).

                      What is this method and why is it so effective? Read on to find out how to break bad habits with this unique method.

                      How to break bad habits with the Control Alternate Delete Method

                        We all notice on some level what our bad habits are. A lot of the time we choose to ignore the negative ways these impact us.

                        For me, I was sitting most of the day in front of my computer at work in a slouching position. I drank Coke every single day in an attempt to stay awake. I put off any kind of exercise regime because I felt that it was better to just relax and have fun after a whole day of work. As a result, I was leading a really unhealthy lifestyle suffering from weight gain and back pain.

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                        I needed to make a change.

                        I started to read books about building habits such as The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. After reading all these books, I’ve come up with my own method to quit bad habits — The Ctrl Alt Del Method.

                        I started by focusing on just one bad habit, the first one being the sheer amount of Coke I was consuming each day.

                        Every day I applied the Ctrl Alt Del Method and after two weeks, not only did I stop drinking Coke every day (I only drank one can in 2 weeks), but I started the better habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day instead.

                        After eliminating one bad habit, I moved on to the other two with this same method and a month later I was:

                        • Hitting the gym twice a week.
                        • Improving my sitting posture, not only at the office but also at home and everywhere else, improving my back pain.
                        • Gaining core muscle which improved my back pain as well.
                        • Losing fat around my waist which went from 36″ (considered obese level) to 32″ (normal level).

                        If I can improve my life using this method, then so can you. Using this structure to eliminate your bad habits will increase your success and replace your bad habits with more positive ones.

                        Control: Master your desire

                          Identify your triggers

                          Bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking and snacking too much trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good chemical in the brain.[1] Although you might not like the end result, they give you a positive outcome in the moment. This is pure psychology.

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                          It’s important to identify what is triggering you to continually act out your bad habit. This isn’t always an easy step because our habits have been built up over a long period of time.

                          If you need help in identifying your triggers, here’s a list of common bad habits and their triggers: 13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                          Self-reflect

                          To help you work out your triggers, do a bit of self-reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:

                          • What comfort are you getting from this habit?
                          • Why do you need comfort?

                          For example, I chose to drink coke because it tasted good and it made me feel good when I was stressed. I slouched only when I sat for too long working on my desk and started to feel tired. I skipped exercises because every day after work I felt I already did enough works and didn’t want to work out.

                          If you choose to eat fast food every night, you’re probably telling yourself you’re too busy to cook. But ask yourself why? What are your priorities?

                          Maybe you have a lack of self-worth that means you don’t have the self-love to want to look after your health. Perhaps it’s a sign you’re not making enough time for important routines like shopping and creating a healthy meal yourself. Maybe you’ve always had a belief that you’re a bad cook.

                          Write a diary

                          Write down your thoughts and feelings around this bad habit. Writing things down forces the brain to think harder.[2] This helps you to find the source to your stress or limiting negative beliefs.

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                          Alternate: Find a replacement

                            Find a positive alternative habit

                            Once you think you’ve discovered your trigger, try to find a similar but healthy option. This is where I replaced Coke with lemon water; slouching with simply taking a walk and stretching my back every hour; and chilling at home after work with workout exercises that I actually found fun.

                            You could decide to walk to the office instead of driving or getting off the bus earlier to walk. You could switch to a healthier breakfast cereal instead of grabbing a sugary snack when you head out of the door.

                            By doing this, you aren’t getting rid of the act altogether like you would if you completely gave something up with nothing to fill that void. This helps your brain accept the improved habit more.

                            Create a defence plan

                            Everyone has moments of weakness and that want to revert back to the bad habit will rear its ugly head. This is where a plan can help counteract these moments.

                            Think of things you can do when the temptations come. For example, if you want to check your phone less, ask your friend or partner to keep it for you or switch it off and read a book. If you’re a starter for an exercise routine, like me, get someone to do it with you to keep you accountable.

                            Decide on something you will do once you feel triggered to go back to your old habit. Repeating these positive alternative habits consistently will help wire your brain to see them as your normal new habit over time.

                            Delete: Remove temptations

                              Remove stuff that reminds you of the bad habit

                              Getting rid of anything that reminds you of your bad habit is essential. For example, I got rid of coke in my office and at home and replaced my usual office chair with an exercise ball. It makes it much easier to stop slipping back in a weak moment.

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                              Avoid all kinds of temptations

                              In the same vein, avoid places or people that you know will tempt you back into that bad habit. Don’t go to the supermarket on an empty stomach to avoid the temptation to buy trashy snacks, don’t drive past that fast food joint but find an alternative route instead, say no more often to the friend you know will get you drunk again this weekend.

                              It’s all about not putting yourself in the situation where you’re in danger of relapsing.

                              Conclusion

                              The Control Alternate Delete Method uses the right steps you need to overcome your need to indulge in your bad habits. Working with your core psychology, emotions and feelings behind your actions is what makes this method effective and easy to apply to all bad habits you have.

                              Bad habits are easy to form and making changes can seem difficult but remember that it’s all about consistency and repetition.

                              Start using the Control Alternate Delete Method today and you can stop a bad habit permanently.

                              What bad habit do you want to put a stop to once and for all? You must set aside time and pick one bad habit to focus on. Start using the steps to increase and maintain more positivity in your life moving forward.

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