Using Google Images in Your Blog

I'm sending out Judi Barrett's fantastic tutorial post on how to use Google Images in your blog so even more eyes can see it. It's important for everyone to be mindful of copyrights and not infringe on them. Here you learn one way to find images that are available for use, and how to use them properly. Thanks Judi!

Using Google Images in Your Blog.  Not all images that are returned via a google search are OK to use due to copyright.  But there is a way to use Google Images to find photos, clipart, etc that is OK to use in your blog posts. 

Using Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog

Using Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog In July 2009, Google changed their filter options on their Advanced Image Search Page, to search results using the Creative Commons Licenses as a Filter. 

Start by Choosing the Images Option at the top of the Google Page.

Then choose the "Advanced Search"  Option


Using the Advanced Image Search on Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog


Using Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog You can filter your search so that only images which have been tagged with the Creative Commons License are returned. 


The two filters that you would be interested in, for your blog are:

  • Labeled for commercial reuse
  • Labeled for commercial reuse with modification



Creative Commons is a non-profit licensing organization for creative works which allows an easy way to indicate that photos can be used by others.

There are several sites online that have creative works available for use, with Flickr being the web's single largest source of CC-licensed content.

Many of the Google Images that are returned using the creative commons license do come from Flickr.

Using Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog

Input your search term.  I've chosen Zoo Animals in my example.
Make sure that your filter is set for Commercial Use.

Using Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog


Notice that you can change your filter settings from this page that has loaded the photos.  Also you can choose images, line drawings, clipart... etc   Further filtering to find just the right image for that wonderful post that you're working on.




If I use the Google Search Engine to find a phUsing Google to Find Creative Commons Licensed Images For Your Blog oto, I click on the link and go to the photo and the website to make sure that Google is correct.











Creative Commons License








This is a good idea since we didn't get to the photo by using the creative commons license directly on Flickr, but by searching from another site.

Creative Commons License

Clicking on the License on this page leads me to the License.. which is the creative commons license.


And Thank you to echoforsberg user on Flickr for licensing his photo through the creative commons license and then putting it on Flickr. Be sure to give credit to the person that owns the image and has graciously allowed you to use it.


There are other excellent ways to find creative commons license images on the internet which are free to use.  Please feel free to share your favorite spots.  Some of you may be using only your one photos.  I use many of my own but sometimes I use others that are licensed through the Creative Commons License. 






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Comment balloon 8 commentsLottie Kendall • September 09 2010 01:02PM


Lottie, thanks for the repost of this information.  I missed it the first time around and it is good stuff.

Posted by Wade Kawahara (Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC) over 9 years ago

Great, love the repost but how and where do you give credit to the originator of the pic? 

Posted by Valerie Duncan Stewart, Real Estate Agent-Broker, OKC, OK ((Metro First Realty)) over 9 years ago

Lottie, yet another reason for the value of the reblog feature.  I've lost count of the blogs I would have missed if not for reblogging.  This is an excellent example.  I'll head over and give Kudos to Judi as well. Thanks.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) over 9 years ago

Great information!  I have been trying to find out a good way to get images without getting busted!

Posted by Tricia Hoffmann (Your Home Free) over 9 years ago

Lottie - Thanks for re blogging this info!  I have been using Photobucket but now I have this too!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) over 9 years ago

Lottie thanks for the reblog this is a good one!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

Lottie:  This was an amazing post to re-blog.  I'm keeping this one to refer back to.  Learning something new regarding the pics is a great opportunity ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 9 years ago

Lottie - thanks I missed this one ..... we are always looking for photos to use to suplement what we take ourselves.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 9 years ago