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How to use Flickr to Drive Traffic to Website?

Images are one of those element of Blogging, if used wisely can be very useful. Specially, if you are one of those who creates own graphics, click pictures and use it on your blog, you can use it for traffic and also for Backlinks. Now, there is something which I have been doing from long time with images, screenshots which I take for my blog post and driving traffic. I’m going to share this dirty little trick which I have been using to drive traffic from Flickr.

Before I talk about Flickr for backlinks and driving traffic from Flickr, let me talk a bit about Images SEO. Images, not only helps your blog post look beautiful but it also helps in driving traffic from image search, if used wisely. Here are some posts from the past, which I highly recommend you to read:

How to use Flickr for Traffic and Backlinks:

Let me start with Flickr traffic part first. We will be using Flickr desktop uploader to speed up the process or you can use their iPhone app or anything else to upload pictures on Flickr in bulk.

Flickr is a high PR site # 9. Getting a backlink from Flickr using your anchor text will be a great way to increase backlink. Though Flickr added a nofollow attribute to all of the external link recently, but you can use it to generate   lots of traffic from Flickr and for brand building.

If you have a watermarking tool on desktop, use it to add watermark all the images that you are planning to upload. Usually, I upload images which I own copyright for. Mostly, Images which I take when I travel or images from Bloggers meet or screenshot.

Now, open Flickr uploader and add your images with proper Title, Tags and description. Try to use proper tags on Flickr, as it will make your article more reachable and you will be getting targeted traffic from Flickr. Here is a screenshot of my uploader tool and notice every detail on description field:

Flickr Traffic

Now, what I will do before hitting the upload button, I will select all the images and add this into description:

Feel free to use this image but give credits to http://www.ShoutMeLoud.com.

Similarly, you can add your domain name. This helps a lot in driving traffic in long term. Though, traffic from Flickr is not going to be as huge as sites like SU, Digg or even Pinterest in that matter. But, you are driving traffic by utilizing your current resource and within minutes of work.

Now, I have been following this tip from last 2-3 years but I have not been so regular. Anyhow, this also helped a lot in getting genuine backlinks too. As people who often use my images from Flickr, they end up giving a backlink or I can simply use reverse image search to find any offender.

Well, this is one of the practice that you can integrate in Blogging habit and you can see how it helps in long run. If you find this post useful, you should also check out: How commenting can increase 1000+ feed subscribers in   few days.

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  • Rajan

    Very good post. I was looking for something like this, hopefully it will make a difference in my traffic. Thanks for the post

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  • Akpo

    Nice one this is very good way to really drive traffic to ones blog. Flickr is one of the best images website.

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  • Fashchick

    Very interesting and useful post. Especially for blogs with lots of photos. You really give great tips on this blog and they are very useful to both new and experienced bloggers. Thank you for sharing this secret. Will try it and see how it works out for me :)

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  • Rani Bille

    Thanks For Guide Harsh!
    Recently started adding my photos to flickr that I click for my food blog, almost every day. I was looking for ‘How to get backlink from flickr’ and found you :-)

    Thanks for share. I was unaware of ‘Flickr Desktop Uploader’

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  • Casey

    I have read about this before, but I am still confused about one thing related to the watermark. If I add the watermark before uploading, how can the end user remove it? Personally, I wouldn’t want to download/use and image with a watermark.

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  • S.I. Mitchell

    Love this post. I was just starting up my photography site and wondering if flickr was even worth it anymore. I’ll definitely give it a whirl and see how it stacks up against: tumblr, pinterest, instagram, google +, twitter, facebook and 500px

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  • Nizam

    Well yes, Images not only beautifies the blog posts, but it also helps to drive traffic from image search if used wisely. And it’s a good strategy to use watermarking on the images that one owns, this is really useful guide on uploading images to Flickr by providing proper Title, Tags and description . Thanks Harsh for this excellent post :)

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  • Kripanath Aditya

    Dear Harsh Agrawal
    If I upload an image/images on Flickr with a description including backlink to my website/blog will Flickr ban my account?

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  • sudha

    Now a days Google is counting many nofollow links, i observed this many times.I have many Nofollow links crawled as backlink in Google webmaster tools.
    So Flicker links can make magic. ! as link juice.

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  • DailyTechPost

    Nice info..I never knew that even Flickr can be a source for tremendous traffic…is unethical method that you listed safe?..anyways thanks for sharing..

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  • Gurgaon

    Very Helpful information thanks i have spend one hour to read and grab it properly now going to implement it.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      It’s actually easy to implement . All you need to do is to make it a habit of uploading all the images ti flickr.

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  • Mohit

    Hi Harsh,
    This is one of the most informative post for me I’ve ever read on the net.
    I really appreciate your skills and also thank you for sharing it.
    I’m going to give it a try.
    Thanks again

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  • Chetan

    Now a days Google is counting many nofollow links, i observed this many times.I have many Nofollow links crawled as backlink in Google webmaster tools.
    So Flicker links can make magic. ! as link juice.

    And about traffic, yes flicker is really good way for traffic,. Using stumble upon you can driver indirect traffic to your blog through flicker. !! :)

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Chetan That’s a good point here, Stumble upon can also be easily use to drive traffic to Flickr and thus your blog.

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  • Michael Aulia

    Hmm..never thought of this strategy before. Is it safe enough to assume that you’ll never get banned from Flickr though? Or Flickr going downhill?

    Because when it happens, we’ll end up with hundreds of posts with 404 images

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Michael I’m not saying to host your image into flickr and hotlink it on your blog. Rather I’m saying when you take a screenshot upload it on Flickr and add a cc attribute with link to your blog.

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      • Michael Aulia

        Ah gotcha. I usually put my url on the images when I embed them on my blog post. Guess I have to take out the URL if I want to upload them in Flickr too (to encourage people to use the images)

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  • KushMoney

    None stop with traffic ideas. Keep it up. Those that use pictures a lot are going to really eat this up.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @ Kush
      This will help those people who use pictures extensively as well as people who use little picture.
      I suggest using flickr desktop client to easily upload images in your flickr account. You never know which of your image can give you huge spike on traffic.

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