Lately, I feel like I’ve been talking a lot about WordPress and websites, and how important it is to have a presence online – a home (your website – your URL address) where people can visit you and get to know you.
Once you have your website, then it is time to fill it with content. You can either write it all yourself, hire someone to write it (what we normally call a ghost writer), or you can use PLR content to stimulate your creative juices and speed things up a lot.
One thing, however, that confuses a lot of people is the use of images online. You have to be careful or you can get yourself in hot water, which could be a costly mistake. You need to know what the rights are that come with an image. For example, some things that come to mind include: how to use it (personal vs. commercial use), is it allowed to be used unedited, can it be used only once or can it be used over and over again?
There are stock sites that exist where you can buy photos (and get some free ones). Some that come to mind include Dollar Photo Club, iStock Photo, and Dreamstime. I have used these in the past, but the rights I get with them are generally only good for one use and for personal use only on my website. You can, of course, buy commercial rights, but the rights are quite expensive.
When I am creating products for sale, I either use my own photos, or I find ones that are royalty-free or in the public domain and can be used for commercial use. The key to remember is to make sure that you know what rights of usage you get with an image.
I came across this post recently that I thought you might find useful: 62 Free Stock Image Sites and How to Use Them for Awesome Landing Pages.
Note: Although they are talking about landing pages, these image sites are used for more than just landing pages.
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