Images are an element of blogging which, if used wisely, can be very beneficial. If you are a blogger who creates your own graphics to use on your blog, images can be especially useful for getting backlinks and thus driving traffic to your site.
I have a little trick which I have been using for a long time now which I would like to share with you. It involves the use of images and screenshots that I take for my blog posts, which further benefit my site by driving traffic to it from Flickr.
Before I discuss Flickr for backlinks and driving traffic, let me quickly mention a note about SEO as it relates to images.
Images not only help your blog posts look beautiful but they also help in driving traffic from image searches, if used wisely.
Here are some posts from the past, which I highly recommend that take the time to read:
How to use Flickr for backlinks and traffic:
Let’s begin with Flickr’s ability to drive traffic.
We will be using the Flickr desktop uploader to speed up the process, or you can use their iPhone app or whatever you wish to upload pictures to 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 your site’s backlinks. Flickr did add a nofollow attribute to all o external links recently, but you can still use it to generate lots of traffic from Flickr, and for brand building.
If you have a watermarking tool on your desktop, use it to add watermarks to all the images that you are planning to upload. I usually upload images to which I own the copyright. Most are images which I take when I travel, images from bloggers’ meetings or screenshots.
Open Flickr’s uploader and add your images with proper titles, tags and descriptions. (NOTE: Try to use proper tags on Flickr, as it will make your articles more reachable, and you will be getting targeted traffic from Flickr.)
Here is a screenshot of my uploader tool. Notice the details in the description field:
Prior to hitting the “upload” button, I select all of the images and add the following to the description:
Feel free to use this image, but give credits to http://www.ShoutMeLoud.com.
You can add something similar to your description using your domain name, as it is very helpful in driving traffic in the long term.
Bear in mind that traffic from Flickr is not going to be as significant as traffic from sites like SU, Digg or even Pinterest for that matter. However, you are driving traffic by utilizing your current resources in exchange for only a few minutes of work.
I have been doing this for the past 2-3 years, though not on a truly regular basis. Still, it has helped a lot toward getting some genuine backlinks because people who often use my images from Flickr send a backlink when doing so. Additionally, I can simply use reverse image search to find any offenders.
Integrate this process into your blogging routine if you wish, and see how it benefits your site in the long run.
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