Royalty Free Images for Use on Websites | Web Media

Royalty Free Images

Royalty Free Stock Photography, Music, Sound Effects, Clip-Art, Fonts, and Drawings for Your Websites and Videos

I know it can be frustrating sometimes when you are trying to find the perfect picture for your post or whatever the case may be, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on stock photography. Stock photos only cost a few dollars or sometimes less, but it can add up.

There is also the matter of finding music for your videos without violating copyrights.

I’ve gathered together some free and inexpensive sources of photos, music, and whatnot, which can legally be used on your projects online.

Web Media Toolkit

Before I go into the 100% free sources, I want to put a plug in for a recent collection I came across and eventually purchased. It it is called the Web Media Toolkit.

Here is a basic rundown of what is contained in this collection:

  • 4719 Stock Photos
  • 7048 Clip-art Images
  • 1,500 Classic Pen and Ink Illustrations
  • 1,200 Web-ready Business icons
  • 7,387 Designer Fonts
  • 75 Royalty-Free Music Tracks
  • 101 Podcast Intros and Outros
  • 2,500 Professional Sound Effects
  • Total: 24,530 Web Media Elements.

This entire collection costs $47 – which really is a phenomenally low price, considering that it averages to just under 1/5 of a penny for each media element. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the lowest priced media collection on the market.

I hemmed and hawed for a while before I purchased it (because I hem and haw before I purchase anything) but in the end I was really glad that I did. The only problem I have had is that the collection is so huge I have not been able to download everything yet (due to my fabulous internet connection over here). The kit contains 5 Gigabytles of compressed files. It has come in really useful for me and I will probably write more about it later. I was so happy with it that I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it, but I don’t have time to do that right now. Whether or not it is right for you of course depends on your circumstances and what you are doing online. But if it is “right for you” (and you will probably know if and when it is) it is a real life-saver!

Okay, now on to some free sources of images.


Another source I use often is the Dreamstime Free Image Library.

Royalty Free ImagesDreamstime is a stock photography company where you can purchase images for reuse – however, they have a considerable collection of free images as well. When you sign up for an account, you are entitled to download free photos up to a certain limit.

There is an excellent search function so that you can find the image you want using the keywords of your choice, and you can also specifically search for free images.

More Free Images Sources

I owe thanks to JK from IM With Joe who helped me when I was looking for free images and gave me several of the links below. These are sources of free images – I have tried some but not all of these:

Get The Crestock Daily Free Stock Photo Here
Free Foto
Free Pixels
Stock Xchng
Photo Rack
Free Range Stock
Morgue File
Open Photo
David Niblack
Stock Vault
Every Stock Photo
A Digital Dreamer
NASA – NASA images are generally public domain.
Flickr – If you use the advanced search function on Flickr, you can search for images which have creative commons licenses, okay to use for commercial purposes, etc.  Just make sure you follow the terms, and remember that not every image on Flickr carries the same license.  Many of them are simply “all rights reserved.”
USASearch – Not every image here can be used. But it is an excellent site for searching for images which you may be able to use. It is also good for searching for NASA images by keyword. Once you find an image you like, check the site that it comes from to see if it gives rights for use.

Free Images Combined with Affiliate Marketing

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At this site you can get free images which you can add to your website – including some real old classic images which you would normally have a pretty hard time finding (with rights to use).

The way this works is that you find the image you want to add to your page, and you basically create a “banner ad” out of that image.

You can add a huge variety of images to your site this way, and they are linked to the image website. If someone happens to click on one of the images in your post and then makes a purchase from the site, you will receive a commission.

To find out more or sign up, click on this banner:

Webmasters Make $$$
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Royalty Free Music

Another source of royalty-free music which I have used and been very happy with is Incompetech.  The music is categorized not just my genre, but by the “feel” (mood) of the music.  This was very useful to me when I needed music for a slideshow video I was creating.  There were some terms and conditions to follow (giving credit, etc.) but it was pretty simple and well worth it!

You can also find more by Googling “Royalty Free Music” but the above site is the one I personally used and was very happy with.

RSS Feed Icons

A while ago I wrote this post with links to some great sources of amazing RSS Feed icons! You’ve got to see these!

Straight Stock Photography

Last but not least – we can’t always find the right free image (or we don’t always have time to).  Stock photo libraries are easy to use and have a huge variety with simple and advanced search functions, and photos can be bought for anywhere between 20 cents to a few dollars each (usually depending on how many you buy.)  Here are a few good Stock Photography Libraries/Agencies:

BigStock Photo
Get High Quality Stock Photos at Crestock


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13 Responses to “Royalty Free Images for Use on Websites | Web Media”

  1. Dustin
    October 4, 2008 at 8:27 pm #


    This post came at pretty much “just the right time” for me! I was thinking about the video blogging that Joe does and thinking that I really would like to find some way to add a little flair to both my personal and my IM blogs. I know Joe did his own music for his video blogs, but I don’t have that creative touch just yet!

    Anyway, thanks for the information. I’m definitely going to have to check all that stuff out! And I owe it to you owing it to Joe for all those resources!

    Dustins last blog post..I’m Not Making Any Progress!

  2. Freddie
    October 4, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    Good stuff, Anna!

    Thank you for the resources. I need all that I can get. I know using Google images is not the best resource for pictures. But to be honest, I just started using photos in my post this week. I don’t know what took me so long, maybe I didn’t have great resources like this.

    Anyway, I will be checking them out!

    Freddies last blog post..Capitalize on the Long Tail

  3. Anna
    October 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    That’s great Dustin and Freddie – I’m glad you found the information useful.

    I’ve been wanting to post more information on resources and tools on this site as I want to make it a real useful source of information for people. It does take some time to put those types of posts together though! But I think in the long run its worth it.

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  4. Davin@Viral Internet Marketing
    October 5, 2008 at 4:52 am #

    Hi Anna! I just thought I’d stop by and see what’s happening with you. Yes, that package you are talking about from Miguel Alvarez is an outstanding value for the cost.

    I’ve been a little busy lately during the days, but can finally get back at building again. Actually, today I’ve been working on putting together my Automated Google Wealth Maker profiles. It’s a lot of work, but, in the end it will all be automated, so should be worth it!

    Take care and talk soon,

    Davins last blog post..A Viral Blog From An Authority Site?

  5. Sean
    October 5, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    Web media toolkit sounds good. I’ll have to check it out a bit more. Be sure to post more about when you can – it sounds good.


  6. Anna
    October 9, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    @ Davin – Good to see you here and I’m glad you’re still plugging away.

    @ Sean Yes – I need a little time but I will do it as soon as I get a chance 🙂

    @ Seamus – Thank you! I actually use Flickr in a similar way myself but I had forgotten to add them to the list! Duh 🙄 Thank you for adding this – great idea on the additional trickle traffic as well.

  7. Seamus Anthony
    October 9, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    Great thanks for this very cool. Also – what I do is use, using advanced search to find images available under creative commons, and then I drop a thank you comment under the picture, telling them I have used the image, linked back to their photostream, and telling them if they don’t want us to use it to just holler and we’ll fix it. And of course e have a nice Rebel Zen branded logo on our flickr account. This serves two purposes because it drives a very small amount of traffic to the site which is nice 🙂

    Seamus Anthonys last blog post..5 Great Reasons to Stop Working and Just Read Stuff Instead

  8. SuiteJ
    October 10, 2008 at 2:20 am #

    Hey Anna, great set of resources! I can definitely use these. I use iStockPhoto almost exclusively (usually paying $1.00 per photo), and a couple free ones (like SXC) but they usually don’t cut it.


    SuiteJs last blog post..What’s On Your Desk… And What Does That Say About You?

  9. Michael
    October 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Cool! about the free image sites the only I already knew was flickr…thanks for the tips!

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  10. ZK@WebTrafficROI
    October 15, 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks Anna,

    I ve been looking at images for my site ..thanks for all these agencies

    ZKs last blog post..8 Tips for Effective Site Submission to Directories

  11. Anna
    March 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    @ Suite J, Michael, and ZK –

    You’re welcome! I’m glad to know the post can be helpful. If you come across any additional links I should add, let me know! 😛

  12. morison dony
    March 8, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    Thanks for this helpful resources 🙂

  13. Jens@Online Apotheke
    March 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know those free sources except of Stock Xchng. This helps a lot for my future searches.

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