Stock Photo Sites from the POV of SEO

Recently, Jacky Chou, a digital marketing consultant and founder of Indexsy and reached out to share with us some of his struggles with sourcing great imagery and a few of his favs:

It is difficult to create online content. Many will take a look at the job description and make the determination that it must one of the easiest professions in the world; they would not be entirely wrong, but that would be underestimating some of the frustrations and difficulties that are involved.

One of these elements, for the longest time, has been finding suitable stock photography for posts. As the Internet has continued to advance, competition has formed and thrived, and there are some incredible resources for sourcing great stock photography.

1. EyeEm

There are only a few elements that are required for a good site: a solid interface, ease of navigation, and, more than anything… GREAT PHOTOS.

2. Gratisography

I would like to thank Ryan McGuire, for creating a solid stock photography website. He runs a company that is called Bells Design, and he created this site as an accessory, or a side project. The photos are all high resolution, and he seems to be selective regarding quality. I also appreciate the categories that allow you to sort through the photos and find what you are looking for in a faster and more efficient way. New photos are added to the site on a weekly basis, so the catalogue is always fresh.

3. MMT

MMT  is operated by Jeffrey Betts… Specifically, it is the perfect place to go if your articles are relating to office culture; but not limited to this niche. Like most top-tier sites, this website adds new photos every single week.

4. Picography

Dave Meier’s “Picography” is one of the more reliable stock photography sites on the web.. As well as Dave, there are a whole bunch of great photographers who add the products of their labor to the pool of pictures.

5. Death to Stock

Previously, I mentioned that many of the stock photography websites are branching into all sorts of niches to separate from the pack and make themselves distinct. “Death to Stock” is less of a website, and more of a personalized service. Once a month, a collection of artfully curated “stock photos” is sent to each subscriber. This basic level of service is free, but a more comprehensive “premium” package is available for a small fee.

6. Picjumbo

Picjumbo is easy to use, and full of good results, with new photos added to the collection every single day.

Thanks to Jacky for the tips. What are some of your go-to sites? We would love to hear about where and why you look for images?

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