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How To Find And Use Amazing Photos From Flickr

December 12, 2007

using images in a blog post
Photography by: notsogoodphotography.

Why You Should Use Images

There are more than six reasons why you should use images in your blog posts, including the fact that images make your articles more attractive, they don’t make your blog look like a huge mass of words, they provide something nice for the reader to look at, and images can even send you search engine traffic.

You now know that using images on your blog is a good thing. You’ve probably heard about it before or even tried out using images from Google, but this isn’t a very good method to practice – images you find via Google and other search engines are most likely copyrighted, which means that they belong to someone else and you don’t have the right to use them. You CAN use images on free stock photo sites, but a lot of those don’t have a very good selection. So where do most bloggers get their images from?

Flickr is your perfect solution. Flickr is a site where anyone can sign up and upload their photos, so there are millions of great images that you can use. Flickr is easy to navigate and finding a stunning photo to add to your blog post could take only a matter of minutes – read on to learn how to do just that!

How To Find The Perfect Photo On Flickr

Since the photos uploaded to Flickr have been taken by all sorts of different people all across the world, of course some of them are going to be copyrighted. But thanks to Flickr’s advanced search systems, it’s easy to find the images that you are free to use on your site or blog. The ones you want are under the Creative Commons license. Here is a quick description of the six types of Creative Commons licenses (click here to see the licenses page on Flickr):

  • Attribution License – You can modify the image and use it pretty much wherever you like.
  • Attribution-NoDerivs License – You can use the image wherever you like, but cannot modify it.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License – You cannot modify the image or use it in a commercial site or on any page where you make money from.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial License – You can modify the image, but you can’t use it in a commercial area or context.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License – You can use the photo in any non-commercial space, but you must link to the license page as well.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike License – You can modify the photo and use it anywhere, but you must link to the license.

(ALL SIX of the license types require you to link back to the Flickr member’s profile and credit them for their great work, which you should know to do anyway.)

Personally, I go by the first one – the Attribution license. This blog is commercial since I make money from it, and the Attribution license allows that. Also, it allows me to modify the image in such ways as resizing, cropping, or adding text to it. The images you use depend on the site you have and the context in which you are using them, but if you aren’t sure which applies to you then just ask me. However, for ALL people and sites, you can use images under the Attribution license.

If you click here, you will see the search page for all photos that have the Attribution license – anyone can use these, as long as you credit and link to the photographer’s profile. Once you are on that page, type in the keyword of an image you want to find. After searching, you can look through the photos you are shown or click the “most interesting” button and see some of the best images in that category. Browse around and find a photo you love, there are plenty out there!

How To Find And Use Amazing Photos From Flickr
Photography by: JennyHuang.

Adding The Image To Your Blog

Once you find a photo you like, go to its page and select the “All Sizes” button. From there, you will be provided with several sizes in which you can download that image. Download whatever size you want and save it to your computer.

Then you will upload the photo, and how you do depends on what blogging platform you are using (Blogger, WordPress, etc.) You can upload it to your image host, or directly to your site – whatever works for you. After you’ve got the photo uploaded, all you have to do is add the image code to the blog post you’re writing and make it look nice, and viola!

Be sure to link to and credit the person who took/uploaded the photo – don’t be a thief! To see how I have credited photographers, look at the text directly below the images in this post.

Now You’ve Got A Gorgeous Blog

You’ll really be surprised at how images will make a blog look. You can take your site from drab to stunning just by adding one Flickr photo to the top of each of your posts. Images add splashes of color all over your site, and it makes the view interesting for your readers. If someone happens upon your site and sees gorgeous images, that will hold their attention and make a lasting impression. A better-looking site is one that will make money online!

Please do share your experiences with using Flickr for finding great photos – or any other great site you know of and use to get fantastic images.

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Comments

16 Responses to “How To Find And Use Amazing Photos From Flickr”

  1. Abhijeet Mukherjee on December 12th, 2007 6:18 am

    Hey Tay…thats certainly a very useful post….it shows the indepth knowledge you have related to copyright and licenses and your sharing of that knowledge will certainly benefit other bloggers…its certainly a concern when using flickr images but now after reading this post,the confusions go away.I am going to start a blog soon and will certainly keep that in mind…thanks!!!!

  2. Vic on December 12th, 2007 11:33 am

    I do agree if you have a non money making site. But if you are working hard on making money especially with adsense sometimes it is more beneficial not to have images especially inline post top left. This space is prime space for adsense. Before adsense TOS changed it was really good to place images right next to the adsense but these days you have to really really careful with that.

  3. david on December 12th, 2007 4:20 pm

    Images is a must to grab visitors attention!

  4. Tay on December 12th, 2007 5:39 pm

    @Abhijeet Mukherjee –

    I’m glad it helped you out! Yes, understanding the copyrights and licenses can be extremely confusing at first – I know it was for me. Thanks for your comment.

    @Vic –

    Actually, I think that if you have a money-making site using images can still benefit you. Readers will probably get sick of seeing ads all the time, but having images helps to make the blog still look nice and makes the advertisements a little more forgiving.

    I agree with you though, that if you use Adsense in the top corner of your posts, than an image should not be there as well. But if the blogger likes, one can still be included in the middle of the post or the Adsense block can just be left out. Thanks for your feedback!

  5. Vicky on December 12th, 2007 9:08 pm

    This is a very informative post. I agree using photos really adds to a blog. I started using them a lot more on my personal Geocaching blog and the readership went up quite a bit.

  6. Tay on December 12th, 2007 9:56 pm

    @Vicky –

    Yes, there are several cases of drastic improvements and stats increasing that adding photos to a site makes. It’s good to hear that you’ve already figured out all the benefits of using images. Thank you for your comment. :)

  7. Frank C on December 12th, 2007 10:30 pm

    I’ve been using a lot of images recently at OpTempo, particularly since the Visionary theme kind of demands them. I’ve been getting many of them from a vintage advertising art DVD that allows you to use them online with a few restrictions. I also Photoshop them up a bit on the edges to get a blending effect.

  8. Sam on December 13th, 2007 9:54 am

    I as a visitor can only confirm that pics definitely grab my attention and I’m more likely to examine the website further…

  9. Ruchir on December 13th, 2007 1:03 pm

    Never thought about using photos from Flickr. Though I must say, the quality of pics on Flickr is just so great, much better than most stock photo websites. Plus, since the user base of Flickr is so large, you’re bound to find an image on almost any subject…I’ll be using Flickr from now on :)

  10. Dwayne on December 13th, 2007 5:27 pm

    I can also vouch for the fact that images and good photos really lighten up your site, and make it easy on the eyes. Also thanks for the Flickr information. they do have great photos and very high quality.

  11. Tay on December 13th, 2007 7:41 pm

    @Ruchir –

    Yes, Flickr does have awesome quality pictures, you’ll always be able to find something great, and they’ll never run out. I think using Flickr is the best choice for any webmaster, so good decision!

    @Dwayne –

    Yes, when I had first switched to this theme, all the images on my homepage at the time didn’t have images in them – it looked absolutely horrible. But WITH images, I think my blog looks a hundred times better. You’re welcome! :)

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    Michelle, that’s fantastic! And I think your blog looks very nice! Thanks for your kind words, it really makes my day. I appreciate it, and good luck with 2008 in accomplishing all your goals and making your dreams come true. Especially, have fun! :)

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  16. Jenn on August 16th, 2009 7:33 pm

    This is a great article on the importance of using pictures in blog posts. They do get the readers attention in greater detail. Thanks for the great post!

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