SEO Media Tips for your Website: Free Pictures, Quick Videos & More!

This post on SEO media tips for your website: free pictures, quick videos, and more is gonna be fairly short. I just wanted to create it because I feel like some people have been having some issues finding images for their websites.

So I just wanted to create this host to help you if you’re having trouble finding good media for your website including images but also videos, infographics, and more.


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So as we talked about in the On-Page SEO Checklist article, having media on each post is super important. You want to make sure that you have a good amount of media, and you also want to make sure if possible that you have different kinds of media.

So for instance, you wanna be able to not just use images, but you also want videos and infographics. You might even wanna have audio depending on what kind of site you’re doing and what kind of content you’re producing.

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Free Photos for Your Website

Option 1: Pixabay or another similar option to Pixabay is Pikwizard

These are definitely my first stop for any kind of images that I need for my website. They are completely free. All the images are free from copyright infringement. If you use them, you can give credit if you want but you don’t need to – I usually don’t unless it’s a little note at the bottom of my post if I’ve used them a lot.

Here are the other websites where you can download free stock photos:

  • Canva
  • Stocksnap.io
  • Unsplash 
  • Burst (Shopify) 
  • Reshot 
  • FoodiesFeed
  • MMT Stock
  • Gratisography 
  • Freestocks.org 
  • Picography 
  • Picjumbo
  • Kaboom Pics 
  • SkitterPhoto

The photos on these sites are common source images. So you don’t actually need to give any kind of accreditation to them at all. You could just use them wherever you want, you can do with them, whatever you want.

free website photos from Wealthy Affiliate

The only limitation I find sometimes is that a lot of people know about it. So if you’re using very common photos, people will recognize those photos from other places on the internet that also use stock images.

The other thing is that if you’re in a little bit more of an obscure niche, you might have a little bit more difficulty finding good photos. For instance, if you’re in cryptocurrency, which I am, you might find it a little bit challenging to find a good range of nice photos.

Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer and there is still some risk to using these photos. There have been instances where a photographer’s image was shared illegally. This is rare, however, and typically you will just be asked to take it down but better safe than sorry.

Option 2: Use photos from other people’s websites in giving them credit

I do that a lot for crypto and SEO when I can’t find great free images.

I’m actually going to start doing photos of my own trading and then show you guys how to do that as well. So there are only really two limitations and if you need to go elsewhere, then a third thing that you might use is as follows:


Paid Photos for Your Website

If you wanna do paid images, you can use Adobe images or you can use Shutter stock images. You always see on the top line of Pixabay, that there are all these images that are nicer that come from Shutter stock.

You can pay for like monthly subscription or packs of images with these websites. I’m pretty sure if you pay enough for a month, you can use an unlimited amount of photos.

It just depends on how important photos are to you. If you know you’re going to be publishing like a hundred thousand words per month on your website and you’re very passionate about your site and you know it’s your final goal and it’s within your budget, then go for it because you’re gonna have better images than your competition that way.

In terms of having a successful online business, you 100% do not need to pay for your images.


Quick and Easy Videos for your Website

I use the Biteable app to make all my marketing videos and any quick videos I need for my blogs

It’s super easy to use, it’s not that expensive at $99 per year and you can create videos really quickly using clips and text that they have on their website platform. You never have to create any of your own stuff.

You can sit down, use their clips, use their fonts, use their images, use their transitions, and voila! Everything is there – you really don’t need to do anything yourself.

Google loves it when you add a video to a post.

Also, when I’m doing promotions on Instagram I use it too when I need a video.

The last thing that I want to mention for videos is just using Screen Capture Software 

You can take a video of yourself with your phone but screen capture is my favourite. I’ve already written a few posts around videos that I’ve made for my previous outsourcers using screen capture software.

First of all, if you’re camera-shy, which I am a little bit, it’s nice to be able to get your point across and really show people what you’re doing without being on screen.

Secondly, it’s nice to be able to just write your entire post around a video that you’ve already created. As you all know, I use dictation when I’m doing my post because it’s way faster. So in this case, I will look up a video in the huge database of old videos from instructions from my outsourcers and I’ll quickly dictate down a post around the video.

1. Loom

 Loom is a cool software that enables you to record a video of yourself using your smartphone or laptop camera. This is a good way especially if you are doing a video tutorial.

With Loom, you can also download your screen-recorded video and upload it to your website.

2. Quicktime Player

Aside from Loom, Quicktime is also a great program to use for video recording on a Macbook.

Record Your Screen on Quicktime Player:

Using Screenshots in the QuickTime Player app, you can make a video recording of your computer screen. You can open the recording in the app and save it on your Mac.

  • In the QuickTime Player app on your Mac, choose File then select New Screen Recording to open Screenshot and
    display the tools. You can click Options to control what you record—for example, you can set the location where you want to save your screen recording, or include the pointer or clicks in the screen recording. See Take screenshots or screen recordings.
  • Click Record. To stop recording, click the Stop Recording button in the menu bar (or use the Touch Bar). Depending on where you chose to save the recording, an app may open.

3. Screencastify

Screencastify is another Google Chrome-based screen recording application. Whether you’re a seasoned or inexperienced video creator, Screencastify has all of the awesome FREE features.

You can use it to record your webcam, your full screen, or just a single tab, as well as narrate into your microphone. It also includes annotation capabilities to assist maintain your audience’s attention on what’s important. There’s also click highlighting, a drawing pen tool, and a mouse spotlight.

Screencastify will do the heavy lifting for you by automatically saving the movie to your Google Drive once you’ve recorded the screen. Screencastify, like many of the top screen recording software alternatives, allows you to upload to YouTube and export the recording as an MP4 or MP3 file.

Now, to prepare for screen recording, make sure to close unnecessary windows, reposition icons and documents as needed, change the desktop background as needed, and make sure you look presentable. 

I’ll post that video at the top or the bottom of my post whatever and then I will all transcribe my dictation. That way, I have a post with a video that is super comprehensive.

I know you might not have old videos a used to do for your outsourcers yet if you’re just starting out, but you can make a video of yourself when you’re setting things up.

So for instance, let’s say you’re in the niche of calligraphy. You’re obviously going to be doing calligraphy a lot. In that case, what you’re gonna do is set up your iPhone in such a way that you can see your page and your pen and all your calligraphy equipment.

You don’t need to show your face, just like what you’re doing in terms of the calligraphy.

use your iphone to record videos

Let’s say you are practicing a certain font then you would film your entire practice session, write a blog post about all the equipment that you were using, how you were practicing, where you learned to practice like that, and what another person would need to be able to do it too. You can talk also about why you decided to practice like that, why it’s been helpful for you all the materials that you’ve used to do that, and then put affiliate links for all of those materials too.

Now, you’ve got an amazing and comprehensive post!


Infographics, Guides & More!

One tool that is 100% free and indispensable for any online business owner is Canva.

You can make infographics, PDF guides, logos, and more with Canva for 100% free. There are more advanced images, little graphics, etc. that you can pay extra for but you don’t need to if you don’t want to.

I made the logo for this website with Canva as well as a lot of the photos!


SEO Media Tips for your Website | Wrapping it Up

So those are the five main ways that I would suggest that you get media for your posts! I know this was kind of a quick one guys, but I just wanted to get this out there for you so that you would be able to.

The tools and methods I recommend in this post and the ones I personally use for my own content help me a ton in saving my time without worrying if my content will rank on Google.

Do you have any experience with using the right visuals for your blog? Please share them and let me know if you need any help or have any questions by commenting below!


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8 thoughts on “SEO Media Tips for your Website: Free Pictures, Quick Videos & More!”

  1. Hi Martina,

    Thank you kindly for creating and sharing this rather resourceful article with us all. It is really appreciated.

    As an avid blogger and one who reads a lot of lot blogs too I can absolutely assure you that you will come across the photos you use from Pixabay on many different sites. That is the downside of pixabay having a relatively small database of images (about 400,000).

    For a more professional look yep..stock images are a must! kinda pricey though at times!

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    • Hey Derek, 

      They are indeed pricy – I think it depends on what kind of website you are building and why. If this is your passion and you’re planning to stick with this site for 10+ years, then by all means go for the stock photos but if this is simply an affiliate site then stick with the free ones 🙂 

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  2. I see people asking about this on social media as well. I’m sure it will be helpful to them. I use Pixabay myself. It has a better selection overall and more that are free. I agree with your assessment of Wealthy Affiliate even if you don’t take advantage of the community or training but I have found so far that the training is updated often by members like you who have done it and can pass it on.
    Seeing updated training helps me. I’m still new, however, just three months into this adventure. The community is fun to watch even if I’m not involved in the conversations. Many of my questions get answered that way. You can always tell which new person will likely drop off soon because they ask the questions in a way that means they don’t want to learn how they just want you to tell them how.
    I can’t imagine anyone making it in this business with that attitude. It is still work. It is very rewarding work for me. I found a niche that allows me to continue to do what I’m passionate about and make a business doing it. How can you beat that? I am a huge fan of Wealthy Affiliate.

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    • Hey Paul,

      Agreed 🙂

      Pixabay is great! I just like the content creator where you can choose your pictures because it has the entire Pixabay database plus a few other databases so I just enjoy the greater selection.

      Well said – you need to take full responsibility. I think the problem is that people put too much pressure on themselves to succeed so quickly or there’s pressure on them from the outside world to make money and they’re desperate. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get sucked into the whole let’s make this online thing work ASAP no matter the cost. This is not a sustainable business and usually leads to unethical behaviour. We all gotta help each other out to take responsibility for our own work online and make sure we’re adding value rather than just polluting an already polluted internet with stuff that’s already out there.

      I’m so happy things are working out for you and I love your website by the way – great way to add value!

      Martina

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  3. I knew about Pixabay but you have opened up other possibilities for me by writing about those other ones that I didn’t know about. I am also just starting to look at adding videos to my blog and I have never heard of Biteable before. I will definitely look into this App.

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  4. Thanks Martina for a great post.

    One of the most common problems for new website owners is definitely finding free and relevant images they can use for their website.

    As you mentioned, Google loves website owners who use a lot of images and videos as this results in a better user experience and therefore, gives you better rankings!

    Pixabay is one of my favourites as well as unsplash and pexels.

    Do you have any tips for creating a successful infographic? I could not find an article for this on your page.

    Thanks
    Cem

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    • Hey Cem, 

      Good point – I’ll definitely have to post something like that 🙂 

      And I honestly just use Canva’s templates. There super easy to use and there’s not much to it at all! 

      Reply

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