I admit that I am lazy when it comes to photos and graphics for my blogs. I’m not creative and I don’t have time to search for a lot of free images. I’m also careful not to violate copyrights. So I use iStockphoto for most of my sites. 9 times out of 10 I can find what I need in there within just a few minutes. Their images give my blog posts a little life and my sites a more professional look (like the image on my tutoring site).
Up until today, I didn’t even realize that they have a referral program. But even better than the fact that I can get something for referring you (assuming you buy credits in the next 30 days), I found out that YOU can get 10 free iStockphoto credits when you sign up through my link! That’s a pretty good deal, especially if you are just looking to try the service for the first time or only need a picture or two. Take the free 10 credits and don’t feel bad if you don’t end up buying any more than that. It’s worth it just to try it out.
The price of their pictures depends upon the type of pictures that they are and the size that you need. I find that I only ever need the smallest sizes for my sites, so that keeps the price down. I also buy my credits in bulk because I know that I will use them. You don’t have to link back to their site when you use the images either (which is the major down side to a lot of the free graphics and free photo sites).
I’m excited to pass along the free iStockphoto credits to my friends because I know almost all of you could use them for something or other. If you are already using iStockphoto, leave a comment below with your experience. If you’ve got another site that you use regularly for images, post that as well so that we can all take a look.