Another Look at Free Images from PicApp

Another Look at Free Images from PicApp

Does the PicApp name sound familiar? It should! It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote my first review on the service for free licensed photographs.

In case you didn’t catch it the first time around, PicApp is a website where you can search for all sorts of premium licensed photos. The kicker is that you can freely embed any of these pictures, which come from sources like Getty Images and Jupiter Images, on your website or blog without any concern for copyright infringement. It’s all free for you to use.

Well, the team at PicApp decided to order a second review for their service, this time highlighting a slightly different set of features. You can think of the first review as an introduction and this second one as a more specific chapter in a book.

The SEO Benefits of PicApp

As you know, search engine optimization can play a major role in the success of your website or blog. You want to rank well in the search engines for your target keywords and keyword phrases, but how can using images from PicApp help?

Sifting through the official PicApp blog, you can read a post on exactly this topic. More specifically, the PicApp team says that using their images can be like using “a real SEO steroid.”

That’s because each of the images that you embed from PicApp come preloaded with “in-depth and professional metadata and captions.” As you know, having an SEO-friendly file name, along with good “alt” and “title” text can go a long way in helping Google understand exactly which keywords it should associate with your image.

Another Look at Free Images from PicApp

Even if you’re not a site that is particularly focused on images, you have to recognize that over 10% of searches online are being conducted for images. The Google Image Search utility is used extensively by just about everyone. If you can rank there and someone clicks on the embedded image of John Mayer, guess whose site shows up in the lower frame? Yup, that could be yours.

Should the site visitor find that your website or blog provides more useful information or other related photos, they just might stick around or even bookmark your page. The higher quality images from PicApp will certainly help in that respect too.

Can you achieve similar results with your own photos? Of course you can, but you will need to spend the time to create your own high-quality pictures (or hire a photographer) and you’ll need to write your own in-depth metadata to accompany them (or hire a writer). Even then, you probably would not be able to get your own shots of Barack Obama and Taylor Swift… but PicApp can provide thousands of those for you.

A Noteworthy Endorsement from Blogger

In my first review, I noted how PicApp got an official endorsement from the community and how there was a plug-in to work with self-hosted installations. PicApp plays friendly with other platforms too, but it got a noteworthy endorsement from the crew too.

Going through the official help documents for Blogger, you’ll find one entry that discusses using images from the web. In addition to a paragraph on “stealing” bandwidth, it also talks about copyrighted materials.

Another Look at Free Images from PicApp

In it, Google says that “if you’re unsure whether or not an image is copyrighted, it’s best not to risk it. However, there are places that make it easier for you to find images you’re allowed to use.” The first place listed is PicApp. It’s a full two slots above the Flickr Creative Commons search. That’s a big achievement!

I don’t think I’m supposed to say anything just yet, but I hear that PicApp will have another major announcement to make early next year. Stay tuned for that.


37 thoughts on “Another Look at Free Images from PicApp”

  1. I’m going to check it out since I already OWN Google images πŸ™‚ thanks

    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Me too, I used to use images from Google images for my other blogs, but I did give them credit by leaving a link.

      I would check it out and perhaps I could grab some images in picapp too. πŸ™‚

  2. Ankit says:

    Its looking good..even i am checking it now..

  3. CredFollow says:

    I never knew of this before. Thanks John for sharing again

  4. Now this app sounds better and better! I agree that putting in the right meta data with every image helps tremendously with SEo but is also tremendously tiresome πŸ˜‰ SY

    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Yea, it’s true that putting the right meta data would help in SEO. I have a health blog and use at least one image in every single post, and most of my traffic from images search though. But it may take you some times to write a great description and title for every images though.


      1. Harry says:

        You get most of your traffic from google images? How well does that conver for a health blog?

        1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          Yes Harry, the blog is less than a month old and it receives 40 UV per day..1 image per article..mostly from Google images. Not a bad result huh? πŸ˜‰

      2. Harry says:

        You get most of your traffic from google images? How well does that convert for a health blog?

  5. I just know that we can use meta data for image. I only used alt for my image before.

  6. Sarge says:

    Neat. Pic app seems very good. I actually tweeted your first post on picapp and got a reply from a photographer that wasn’t all too happy with it – stating it was making it harder for photographers to make a living.

    What are your thoughts on that. How does picapp compensate the professional photographers out there? How is it making money?

    1. The price of photos and graphics has definitely come down over the last few years. I can see why photographers may not like PicApp

    2. Speaking as a photographer / illustrator myself, I know that the “big guys” at Getty, Corbis etc will not be happy about it. Same happened as Istock invented Microstock, but on the other hand it also increases their visibility and gets their name out, SY

  7. Constantine says:

    I will start using this services. Previously I would just google for an image and post it on my blog, but I made sure I gave a link back to the source.

    1. You have to watch out for compyright violations when you do that.

      1. Dean Saliiba says:

        I don’t think many people will mind if you credit the source of the photo though.

        1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          Agree with you, as long as we give credit to the source of the photo, then it would be fine. I’ve been doing this for quite some times and no problem occurred though.

    2. How would you feel if somebody rips of your content from your site? Didn’t you see the copyright warning Google displays with every image search? SY

      1. Harry says:

        Even if they find out you ripped their shit all they can do is ask you take it down. Comply. No issues.

        1. Wrong, first our images are not shit, second a copyright infringement can cost you serious $$$$$ depending how you use the image / if you earn any money with help of this image. The wild-west days of the internet are over! SY

  8. Sucan says:

    this is a cool site, i just registered. Thanks for sharing the info John.

  9. I also recommend Pixlr as a compliment which brings you an online image and photo editing program and tools, free!

    Maybe you need a program to do some touching up of a picture, or perhaps you want to do some more involved cutting, cropping, brushing up, or reconfiguring of a picture yet you cannot afford the $800 Photoshop program or need something so advanced. Well now there is a web-site that has a free photo shop like on-line imaging editing and manipulation tool and you can check it out by following this link:

    Enjoy and thanks John for your awesome links!

  10. Ms. Freeman says:

    This is a good source from some pictorial eye candy! πŸ™‚

  11. I tried this on one of my niche blogs and could not find any good pictures lol. But it was a bad niche to try it on. I will be trying it on other sites.

  12. Kevin Pasco says:

    I looooooove PicApp. Been using it ever since you first blogged about it a few weeks back, John. πŸ™‚

  13. Trikal says:

    This seems to be really cool stuff. Im gonna use it here after. Thanks for info John

  14. videostar says:

    No doubt it is a nice resource which can be used for different purposes.Thanks.

  15. I haven’t use picapp, but i think it will be great services for getting images for blogging. Good information.

  16. I do prefer to use my own images and bandwidth just in case but it definately is a worthy alternative if i’m struggling to find the perfect picture.

    Does anyone know of any other alternatives???

    1. Crestock has a cool wordpress plugin with images from their database. SY

  17. Using image in your blog or website can add enhancement with it. I will just try this PicApp. Nice thing to know is that, it is a great help in my SEO project when I am doing a blog review.

  18. videostar says:

    I must appraise this PicApp definitely.Much interseting stuff can be found there.

  19. ehm..i guess i must try PIcApp. I believe that will be a big help.

  20. oyunlar says:

    I haven’t use picapp, but i think it will be great services for getting images for blogging. Good information.

  21. Free Wii says:

    Thanks, I’ve been looking for something like this – anything is better than searching using google images.

  22. oes tsetnoc says:

    I just know that we can use meta data for image. I only used alt for my image before.

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