I use Creative Commons images all the time for my blog posts. It makes my articles more interesting and breaks up the content for better readability. Images can increase your conversion rate too, which is great for commercial sites trying to sell products.
I try to use my own images when I can, but I don’t usually have the time or the ability to take my own photos for every subject I write about and CC-licensed make spicing up a blog post a cinch.
The official Creative Commons website has great article on best practices for attribution. I’ve taken their examples and converted to HTML so that I can easily plug in the information I need.
“<a href=”” target=”_blank”>Image Name</a>” by <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Photographer Name</a> is licensed under <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/” target=”_blank”>CC BY 2.0</a>
<a href=”” target=”blank”>Image Name</a> by Photographer Name / <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/” target=”_blank”>CC BY 2.0</a>
There are lots of places you can find Creative Commons images, but my favorite is using search.creativecommons.org. Just remember to always verify the license before using an image. Search engines like these do their best to find CC images, but aren’t always reliable.