Good Stock Photos for Only $1

If you are like me and have bought into the idea that we need to have pretty pictures with our posts to get more attention on social media, you have probably been 1) making a lot of graphics lately, 2) buying a lot of photos, 3) stealing images from other people, or 4) searching all over online for someone to borrow from and give them a link back.

I stay clear of #4 for the most part because I like to alter the images and don’t like giving away backlinks. I’d like to think that we are all above #3, so that leaves #1 and #2. I am terrible at making graphics, so that basically leaves me with buying them.

I had been buying most of my images from iStockphoto, and they do have a lot. Pretty much anything you could possibly want. I don’t mind paying for really nice graphics whenever I need really nice graphics. But most of the time I just need something basic or something that I can doctor up with a little of my own low budget magic. Just something to put an image to the headline.

I had purchased some graphics from GraphicRiver before and was happy with them. I had a few credits in my account there and decided to check there first for an image the other day. I ended up on their sister site, Photodune, where I could also use my credits. I found exactly what I was looking for and only paid $1 for it! Since then, I have been getting everything I need for between $1-3.

One of the best things about it is that I can use my credits across their different properties to buy everything from infographic templates to photos to WordPress templates (including the one we used to create WineClubReviewandRatings.com). I make a quick $20 payment from my PayPal account and can buy graphics for a month. If I don’t need graphics, I can buy music clips for my podcasts, video clips, and even lines of code. Because their marketplaces are all linked, you can find many different shortcuts to make your sites nicer.

Here are a few of the images that I ended up with from the $1 photos I bought. As you can, they are not fancy, but they were great for the articles that I wrote and accomplished my goals. In the first case, I wanted something perfectly sized for the new Facebook image guidelines so that it would like nice in the News Feed. For the second I was more concerned with the thumbnail and Google+

This last one was actually made from a graphic from the GraphicRiver section of their site. The “Birthday Frame” cost me $3 and then I was able to make changes to it easily in Photoshop.

I don’t think that graphics are going to become less important anytime soon with them now being displayed so prominently across social media when people link to our posts. For those of us who are not great with graphics ourselves, we can either spend money on them or spin our wheels trying to create or find them. From now on, I will be spending a dollar or two on something that works versus hours of frustration.

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Free Images at iStockphoto

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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.

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