With an image search engine, you can sort through and find a great selection of images you can use in your online store. By learning how to search images on Google, you’ll be able to find images labelled for reuse that you can use to for your logo, website banner, blog post, or even your Facebook ad. In this article, you’ll learn why you should use an image reverse tool, what the best image search engines are, and more.
How to Search Images on Google
Have you always wanted to know how to search images on Google? Using Google Images you can search for images to use for your website, blog, ads, and other marketing content. While not all images found in Google images can be used for commercial purposes without permission, Google Images has an extensive collection for you to sort through. You can search for specific products such as kitchen utensils or niches like running to search images you can use in your business. Store owners should sort through images that can be used for reuse/commercial purposes to ensure that they have permission to use the images they select. With Google Images, you can sort through images of specific sizes, color such as transparent backgrounds, what type of image it is, and more.
Why Use an Image Reverse Tool
As a dropshipper, you’ll likely want to use an image reverse tool for competitive research and to protect your business. An image reverse tool can be help give you a competitive advantage as it allows you to see other brands that are selling your product. You’ll likely be using the same images as several other brands. When you reverse image search, you’ll be able to see which other websites are using the same photos and therefore selling the same product.
The second reason why it’s important to use an image reverse tool is that it allows you to see if your images belong to another owner. Some AliExpress suppliers use images without permission. This can pose a problem for dropshippers who use the images and create ads. With an image reverse tool, you can browse through websites using the image to determine where the source of the image comes from. For the most part, suppliers do use their own images for most products on their product pages. However, it’s important to due your due diligence when importing images to your store.
Image Reverse Tools
CTRLQ is a Google reverse image tool that allows you to upload your photo onto the platform and find who else has posted your image. After you upload an image, you can click “Show Matches” to find other websites with your picture. You’ll be directed to Google’s search page where you’ll be shown your exact picture on other websites.
TinEye is another example of an image reverse tool. You’ll need to add the image link to the search bar to find a selection of websites and stores selling the same product as you. Over 19 billion images have been searched for on the platform since its inception making it a great resource for store owners.
Image Raider is a great image reverse tool you can use to find out who else is selling the same products as you. When you right click on an image, you’ll need to ‘copy image address.’ You’ll then add that link in the box and click check URLs. Fortunately, you can search up to 20 products at a time.
Best Image Search Engine
If you’re looking for the absolute best image search engine then it’s none other than Google Images. You’ll find the most extensive collection of pictures on Google Images than any other platform. You can sort images by their license by clicking Tools then Usage Rights. You’ll want to use an image that’s labeled for reuse. Images under that section can be used for blog posts, ads, or other marketing activities. You’ll notice that most of the images in these sections come from a variety of free stock photo sites.
Yahoo Image Search
Yahoo Image Search is the best image search engine because you can find great images for every niche. When you type your niche into the search bar you’ll be shown a variety of images. You’ll want to change the license, see top right corner, to include ‘free to share and use commercially’ or you can choose ‘free to modify, share and use commercially’ if you plan to modify images in any way. You’ll find professional lifestyle images, images on white backgrounds, graphics and more which you can use on your store.
Bing Image Search
Bing Image Search is similar to Google Images and Yahoo Images so it’s another great picture search engine you can use to source images. Type your niche or what you need an image of into the Bing Image search bar. You’ll notice on the far right hand side there’s a Filter button. When you click it, you’ll see a dropdown appear. Click on License. You’ll want to choose images that are free for commercial use or Creative Commons.
PicSearch has a collection of 3 billion images it’s no wonder its one of the best image search engines. The image search engine sources pictures from a variety of websites. You can choose from lifestyle pictures to stock photos. You’ll still need to obtain permission to use the images on the platform as per the disclaimer on the footer of their website. However, you’ll know which website the pictures come from making it easy to contact for permission.
Creative Commons is one of the most extensive image collections making it to the list of the best image search engines. You’ll be able to search images from a range of picture search engines such as Google Images, Flickr, Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay, and more. Whether you’re looking for a picture that represents your niche or of a famous celebrity, you’ll find images you’ll be able to use for your marketing.
Photo Pin is one of the best image search engines. You’ll be able to find free images you can use that have a Creative Commons license. The pictures are popular among bloggers and creatives which means you’ll be able to use them within your marketing. When sorting through images you can choose from a Commercial or a Non-Commercial license. As a store owner, you’ll want to have Commercial licensed checked and uncheck non-commercial so you only see images you can use. You’ll be able to search images for most niches from fidget spinners to fitness.
Rules Before Using Image
Oberlo allows you to import images from AliExpress in one click. And while most suppliers have their own product images on their platform, some use customer images or images that belong to another company. It can sometimes be difficult to know who owns the copyright to the image you import to your store.
You can use tools like TinEye and other image reverse tools to try to find the source of who created an image. Or when it doubt, you could take your own product photos to protect your business from any lawsuits. You could choose to take your own pictures or hire someone to do take your product photography.
When using images for your blog content or ads, be sure to look at the image license. For example, if you want to use an image from Google Images, you’ll need to make sure that the image has been labelled for commercial reuse. Otherwise, you won’t have permission to use the photo. You can also buy photos from stock image websites to ensure that you have the rights to use the photo for your marketing.
Be mindful of using product images for ads. While the images on AliExpress can be great at converting for your store, if someone claims that you’re using their photo without permission you might be asked to remove it.
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Which are your favorite picture search engines? Do you prefer using images from a search engine or stock photo websites? Let us know in the comments section!