Originally Published February 2020
In this vlog and blog, we’ll explain:
- How To Find Free Images
- How To Find Free Music
- How To Cite Your Sources
Using any old image or music can get you in trouble with copyright holders. Here are the best places to find copyright-free images and music, and how to cite your sources.
Also, be sure to check out our YouTube video on “How To Get Free Images & Free Music For Blogs, Videos, Or Podcasts” if you prefer to watch rather than read.
How do you find free images online? My favorite tool to us is Cohlab’s Free Image Search Tool. Just head to https://freeimagesearch.trustdyx.com.
When you get there, there’s a very easy search bar to use. All of these free image websites have already been checked for you. So, when you perform your search, then, you’re able to check all of those websites at once and it provides an image gallery through Google for you to peruse.
When you click through to the image, sometimes it might not be directly on there, it might be a gallery and you have to search a little bit, but do know that image is there.
So you’re searching Pexels, Unsplash, and all of these other free image galleries all at once. Very handy tool.
The only thing to be aware of is sometimes our image search will pick up ads. So those ads will have like “Shutterstock” written across them. Watch out for those, obviously if it’s got a big watermark on it, you can’t use it.
How do you find free music for your podcast or your video?
Our favorite place to go is the YouTube Audio library. I believe you need to have a YouTube account to actually go here. But once you’re there, you can search through multiple genres of music. These are all pieces of music that people have submitted to use for free so you’re perfectly fine to use all of them, you’re licensed to use them.
Just be sure you give credit where credit is due, and you’re free to use any of the audio in this library, you just download it once you find something that you like. There’s a lot of music to search through, it’s great.
How do you cite your sources?
On a website like Unsplash or Pexels, when you download the image, it actually produces a popup for you where you can copy some code that’ll allow you to give proper credit to that person. So you can inject that code into the caption section or the credit section of your WordPress photo.
If you’re not able to put a link in it for whatever reason, just be sure to provide the name of the author as well as the name of the website that you got it from, so like “Logan’s Photo from Unsplash”. Be sure to cite those images properly if you’re able.
Now the free images, you’re not required to cite those, but we always recommend that you do anyways that way artists get credited for their work and other people may go to them to buy work, which is great.
Same thing with music citations, like I just said, the YouTube Audio Library, it doesn’t offer an automatic way to cite those, but my recommendation is to add the title of the song as well as the title of the artist and then link back if you can to their YouTube library, that way people can find their music, use more of it, and support their efforts as well.
Now you know how to find free images and music for your media needs – get out there and do it! And cite your sources!
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