How and Why I Use Photo Pin To Find Free Images for My Blog

I’ve been using relevant images in my blog posts since I starting blogging in 2003. I think it’s pretty much an accepted and expected practice as a way to illustrate how something works with a screenshot or create impact with a shot that helps tell the story or point from the post.

Using Photo Pin

photo credit: Kuzeytac via photo pin cc

Over the years I’ve used image providers such as such a paid options like iStockphoto, shutterstock and the free stock.xchng. A few years ago I settled into finding images on Flickr that were designated as Creative Commons. These images are free to use in blog posts but should carry attribution and a link to the original.

Recently I switched to using a free service called Photo Pin. Photo Pin actually uses the Flickr API to help you find Creative Commons images just like using Flickr directly, but I find that my searches on Photo Pin turn up images faster and the interface is so much better.

When you select an image you are presented with up to nine size options, just like on Flickr, but the killer feature for me is that you also get a box with the HTML you need to use for attribution. Since WordPress now allows you to put HTML in the caption box of an image, you simply copy the code from Photo Pin and paste it into the caption and you have perfectly formatted attribution with links embedded.

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  • Leslie Miller

    Thanks for turning me on to photo pin! Fantastic.

    • ducttape

      You bet, it’s a great tool

  • Deb Kolaras

    Love, double love this. Works so much cleaner and simpler than Flickr, too.

    • ducttape

      double love, now that’s really great!

  • OBVAVirtualAssistant

    I strated blogging recently and I love the concept of using illustrations and images. This is a great help. Thank you so much its awesome.

  • Richard Tubb

    I found PhotoPin a couple of weeks ago – a lot quicker than using a custom Flickr search. However I didn’t realise you could use the HTML credits in WordPress now. Great tip, thanks!

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  • Peter Shanks

    photopin’s a great find. I also use which has a mobile friendly page and lets me edit photos before I post them

  • sell my business

    Photograph Flag actually employs the actual Flickr API to assist you locate Imaginative Commons photos just as employing Flickr specifically, yet My spouse and i discover that our queries in Photograph Flag turn up photos swifter and the user interface is significantly better.

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  • Kirstie

    Are you using a plugin for your social icons, I really like them!

    • abdul

      Hi Kristie,may be you were expecting Jhon to tell you which plugin it is.It is Flare social sharing plugin for wordpress and it is free(stunning & Free)

      • Kirstie

        Thank you.

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  • Paul McGuire

    Great post. I’ve been looking for a good source of photos for my blog for a while now and I’m glad I read this. The photos on Photopin are much more my style.

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  • Animesh Roy

    Photo Pin is really awesome. I am planning to use photos from this site in my next blog post. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Blake Schreckhise

    This is perfect, just what I needed!

  • Audrey Tiow

    This is really an awesome tool!!! Save so much time of mine! Thank you!! ^_^

  • Rukmini Bonthala

    Thanks for this post. It would be great if you could also show us screen shots of how to go about getting free images on photopin and also how to use it on word press. I tried searching for images on photopin but it takes me to shutterstock images and asks for payment. Thanks :)

  • Ydeveloper

    Images are always needed whether it’s for blog post update, or article, or website.

  • Typowainternautka

    Tank you!