The #1 Blogger Friendly Website For Finding & Citing Free Images

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Using-Compfight-greenIf you are anything like me then you hate searching for free images and then figuring out how to cite your source. This can be a major headache trying to figure out what kind of creative commons license the image is under and who the source and where to find it.

Heck, even after you finally find the information now how in the world are you supposed to cite it?

Is just the name ok?

Are you supposed to put a link too?

A name and a link?

I have wasted way too much time messing with images because of this.

Well…No longer!

Welcome – Comfight

This is my favorite website for finding images that fall under the creative commons licensing. Compfight actually takes care of the citing part for you. So cool. I love easy stuff!

Let me show you how simple it is…

*Click on any of the images below to enlarge

Step 1

www.comfight.com

They have a very simplistic homescreen. They make it pretty obvious what you are supposed to do next… homepage

 

Step 2

Search for a photo. For this example I chose “Housing Market.” When you see the results the top section takes you to premium stock images so just ignore those. The free images are below the dotted line.

results2

 

Step 3

When you click on one of the images this is what you will see. Notice how they have everything laid out for you in three easy steps. All you have to do is pick which size you want to download then copy and paste the HTML code in the text portion of your blog post as you will see in the next steps.

compfight the easy way to cite free images

 

Step 4

After you download the image make sure you check the file name. Many times they will end up looking something like this. You will want to rename this when uploading to WordPress to match the keywords you are targeting.

rename image2

 

Step 5

Upload the image to your WordPress media library and change the title and alt text.

changing alt text in wordpress

Step 6

Insert the image into your post. Then click on the text tab.

text tab

Step 7

This is where you are going to insert the HTML code from Compfight to cite your image source.

cite source in wordpress

Step 8

All done! This is what your citing will look like after you switch back to the visual tab

how to cite image source

Bonus:

You can now add Compfight as a plugin to access images directly from your dashboard

Once installed a little camera icon will show up in your dashboard.

plugin

Click it and it opens up a search box. Locate an image and choose your size.

plugin 2Bam! The plugin throws it right in your post for you and cites it for you! Doesn’t get much easier than that!

plugin 3

 

You can download the plugin HERE

 

5 Comments

  • Superb content! thanks for sharing! I am proud of my site but downright emberassed about my blog images – I spent a lot of time looking for good ones but NOT happy with them. I will try compfight today. thanks!

    • Joseph Michael

      Reply Reply 0

      Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you found this helpful. I know how frustrating it can be finding good quality free images. Let me know how Compfight works out for you.

  • I get that I have to leave the citing on my site for these pics, but do they allow these images to be edited with text overlay?
    By the way, heard you on a podcast and I’m loving your site.

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  • I think what you said was very reasonable. But, what about this?
    what if you added a little information? I am not saying your
    information isn’t good, but what if you added a title that makes people want more?
    I mean The #1 Blogger Friendly Website For Finding & Citing Free
    Images | Better Blog Images is kinda vanilla.
    You might look at Yahoo’s home page and note how they create article headlines to grab people to open the links.
    You might add a related video or a related picture or two
    to get people interested about what you’ve written.

    Just my opinion, it might make your posts a little livelier.

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