A lot of great photographers are scared to put their photos online because it’s so easy for other people to steal their work. I totally understand that. I’m hardly a great photographer, and I don’t want people stealing my photos, either! But I do want them to use my photos.
In the past year or two, bloggers and other content developers have clued in to Flickr as a great source of usable photography. And that opens up an opportunity for anyone with a camera!
I’ve been sharing photos on Flickr since 2004. I use Creative Commons licensing to tell people, “you can use my photos as long as you give me credit in the process.” That credit typically takes the form of a link to my Flickr stream, or to the individual photo that was used.
I love when I find my photos on other sites. Why? Because it helps increase my exposure and, perhaps, sends a little bit of link juice when the link comes from an Important Site. Consider the three links my Flickr photos received this week:
February 7: Discovery Channel’s Planet Green blog
February 11: Wired Blog Network’s Epicenter blog
February 12: Consumerist.com
Those are Important Sites, and those are nice links. Not great, but nice.
Consumerist, one of my favorite blogs, has used my Flickr photos four other times that I know of:
- Still Not Sure What To Get For Mother’s Day? Consumer Reports Has A Guide For You
- United To Unveil Miserly Compensation Policy For Delayed Passengers
- Despite Ban, Fries From Burger King And Wendy’s Still Contain Too Much Trans Fat
- IHOP To Abandon Trans-Fats By Year End
Why Does it Matter?
When these other blogs/sites link directly to an individual photo of mine, I like to go in and edit the photo description to add a link to MattMcGee.com, or some other blog/site of mine. I’m just trying to take advantage of that inbound link to my Flickr photos however I can.
When they link instead to my photo stream home page, it helps make that page a little stronger. That page is already a PR5, so I’ll gladly take any more links people want to send to it.
Either way … every little bit helps, I say.