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Two sites where you can get great free images for your blog

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

People ask me all the time where I get the images that I use on my blog. There are two sources – and one tool – that I use to find and manipulate the images.

1. Flickr – This is by far my favorite site for free images because of the wide variety and types of images that are available. The community of users that upload their pictures to Flickr – from all over the world – ensures that there is a vast collection of images of varying quality (some are incredibly good). The trick with using Flickr images, however, is that you need to use images that are governed by the Creative Commons license that fits with what you’re doing.

Attribution licenseHere is a list of Flickr’s Creative Common licensing policies. Basically, the “Attribution License” is the most liberal, and allows you to use anyone’s image, manipulate it how you want to, and do most things that you would want to do with it – as long as you give the author of the image credit. My suggestion if you don’t want to get into the intricacies of Creative Commons licensing is to stick with these images. As of today, there are more than 7.5 million images with this license on Flickr, which is certainly a big pool of images to choose from.

Here’s the link to the images with that license.

Just make sure that whatever you do, you give credit back to the photographer. I use “Photo by photographer” with a link to the Flickr page at the bottom of posts. You can do that attribution any way that you want, however. (Hat tip to Skelliewag.org)

Young photographer
Photo by muha…

2. stock.xchg - This site has a database of very good free images that you can use for your blog. Just type in your search, and look to see what you can find. You will have to register to download images, and make sure that you check the “Availability” of each photo. If it says that “standard restrictions apply,” you can use the image. Sometimes, however, the photographer must be notified or approve the use of the image before you post it. So be careful to check this out.

BONUS- A great cheap tool for screenshots and minor editing of photos

If you have Photoshop or another major image editing tool, use that. But if you don’t have a great image editing tool, consider using SnagIt from TechSmith. There is a free 30-day trial and the tool is only $39.95 for a single-user license. I use this tool ALL THE TIME and it’s been really helpful. The learning curve is short and it can handle all the simple editing tasks that I do on my blog.

Do any of you have any other great free image sites that you use? If so, please post them in the comments.

Internet terminology

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Question markI get a lot of questions from people about what certain things are or mean related to the Internet. Some of these questions are from people who know nothing of business or the Web, but most of the time they are from professionals who work with the Internet in at least some capacity, but who don’t do so full time so they are trying to catch up to the latest concepts and terms.

In light of these questions, I thought I would take the next week or two to provide basic explanations for some of these concepts both to clear up confusion and so that I can use these definitions as a framework for future posts. If anyone has any questions or terms that they would like me to tackle, please let me know what they are in the comments, via Web form or by email (melissa.chang@pureincubation.com) and I will be glad to take a stab at answering them.

Photo by aymlis

Recommended reading: Online video blogs

Friday, November 30th, 2007

One of the best ways to stay up-to-date about any online or Internet technology is to read the blogs written by the people who are the absolute experts in the field. The following are some of my favorite

Online video blogs

The Business of Online Video- From StreamingMedia.com and written by Dan Rayburn, the company’s executive vice president, “the business behind the technology of online video.”

Online Video Insider- From MediaPost, co-written by six guys from the industry, “The inside line on Internet content and advertising.”

NewTeeVee’s Online Video- The NewTeeVee blog, part of the GigaOm network, has an Online Video category.

Inside Online Video- “A look at the fast rising online video industry,” written by Mike Abundo for b5 media.

WillVideoForFood.com- Written by Kevin Nalts, a “self-proclaimed viral video genius,” covering “the fun and profit of online video.”

Scobleizer- Written by ubiquitous smart guy Robert Scoble, his blog isn’t specifically about online video, but he makes a lot of videos and talks about video quite a bit – and it’s a must-read for anyone who follows the Internet, anyway, so add it to your RSS reader.

Recommended reading: Web design blogs

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

If you want to learn more about Web design, follow the experts. Here are some blog resources that I would recommend:

web design blogs