If you're looking for a featured photo to match that perfect blog post, the process often takes much longer than you would expect.
Most bloggers have no interest, or money, to pay for stock photos, and most of the time you can find royalty-free images that don't require attribution.
Unfortunately, there are a few main problems when it comes to finding royalty-free images that don't require attribution:
- Many search engines don't have the proper tools to filter out photographs that aren't legal to use.
- Many times you stumble upon a free stock photography website only to find that you're required to provide an attribution link on each photo.
- There are so many photography sites that you often have to bookmark several of them to find the pictures you need.
It's a tough process, but with the help of Stockio you should be able to make it much easier.
The Stockio free photo finder is much more than a collection of stock images.
It offers items like fonts, vectors, videos and icons. Therefore, a web designer, blogger or regular business person trying to make marketing materials can go to one location online to find everything.
The True Stockio Advantage
As a blogger and web designer myself, I find it pretty unfortunate when I locate an online asset (like a photo or vector) only to see that it requires attribution (or some sort of credit to the creator). Yes, attribution is great for sending more business to the designers and photographers of the world, but sometimes it simply doesn't make sense to have a link below the photo. Take book covers, for example. It'd be pretty weird if a beginner blogger on a budget had an attribution link underneath their book cover.
It's fine to have blog posts with image credits, but you can't expect companies to place attribution on a slider image.
That's why Stockio makes so much sense. It allows photographers and designers to find an audience, yet the people using their creations aren't bogged down by the whole attribution thing.
Stockio encourages its users to credit things like photos and vectors, but it's not required. Therefore, you can pick and choose for the situations it makes the most sense.
Now that you have a better idea of what Stockio offers, let's take a look at the functionality of its website, along with the selection you can choose from.
Free Photos with Stockio
The free photos are the main focus on Stockio, so we'll begin with that. Upon landing on the Stockio website, you'll see a large Search bar for you to punch in any keyword you want. In addition to that, the website has several featured galleries for images, fonts and everything else on the site.
Let's say, for example, I have a hardware store client that needs to start featuring some of its lawn maintenance products. We're talking lawnmowers, fertilizers and sprinklers. Therefore, I want to search for photos that are tagged with the “lawn” keyword.
After doing that on Stockio, I saw a large collection of relevant images pop up. These lawn images are high-resolution, beautiful and ready to be used for marketing, blogging and social media materials.
After finding a photo I liked, the Stockio website brought me to the main page for that photo. What's great about the image pages is that they're not cluttered with tons of ads or other buttons that make you confused during the process. All the user sees is a Free Download button without any information about leaving attribution. These photos are available for both personal and commercial use, as long as you don't go out and resell the actual photos. Depending on the photo, you'll see some different sizes and formats, allowing you to keep the resolutions high and the formats the same.
Stockio Also Offers Free Fonts and Vectors
The free fonts come in all shapes and sizes, from gothic styles to more professional typography. Stockio eases the search process by presenting a wide assortment of categories. You click on the category that makes the most sense, then you'll see a full gallery of the photos tagged with that category.
For instance, some of the categories on this page include:
The free vectors appear rather impressive as well. Stockio doesn't seem to provide categories for the vectors, so you must go through the featured collection or make your search through the homepage.
As with the regular photos, vector files come in multiple forms. For example, this particular vector has both EPS and JPG files. You have the opportunity to select the file format that's going to work best for your project. Once again, the attribution requirements are completely eliminated from the vector area, leaving you free to download at your own will.
Stockio Has Videos Too!
Quality free videos are hard to come by, so it's refreshing to see that Stockio keeps a large selection of quality choices. For example, I received at least 20 or 30 great results when I punched in the keyword “lake.” It appears most of the videos come in standard mp4 format, but that's just from looking at a few of the video downloads. In fact, the video pages are even easier to handle than the photos and vectors. With only one format, you only have to think about clicking that Free Download button.
Don't Forget Your Icons
As a writer I don't use icons at all. However, the web designer side of me likes to play around with icons when creating new websites and breaking up the monotony of text. Stockio provides a solid set of free icons. As you can see in the screenshot below, you can choose from icons of cats, houses, PSD files, computers and more. Before downloading, Stockio asks whether you'd like a PNG or SVG. Then, you'll have to select the size if you go with a PNG.
Stockio is the Real Deal
I've said it before, but the free stock image business has seen it's troubles. Most of the time you find a site riddled with ads or attribution requests, but Stockio has managed to avoid all that. Therefore, I'd recommend giving Stockio a try for your photo, vector, font, video and icon needs. You don't have to sign up for a free trial or anything. Just start searching and downloading the items you need. Have fun!