Free beautiful stock images do exist. Stay with me – I know where they are.
I use my own photography for my blog and the majority of my sponsored posts. For my e-course posts I use a combination of my own photos and stock. Depending on the type of blog you have, you may or may not want to use stock photos.
DO NOT USE OTHER PEOPLE’S IMAGES. Don’t do it. There’s no use putting a sentence in your blog’s disclaimer that says something along the lines of: ” I (name of blogger) assume that all of images used on this website are public domain … if you see an image which you feel should not be here, please email me immediately at (email address), and the offending image will be promptly removed.” This kind of “disclaimer” doesn’t protect you from anything.
If you must use images that you have not taken yourself, use stock photos responsibly.
If the aesthetics of your blog are important to you, using stock can be tricky. Mainstream stock sites like Picjumbo, Pixababy, and Shutterstock can be okay if you know what you are looking for, but for the most part mainstream stock is just awful.