Flickr: Frugal Pictures, Social Network and Blog Traffic Too

by Scott on September 5, 2008

photo credit: Joseph.S

A few months ago I was looking for a source to post pictures online efficiently and cheaply. At the time I did not even think about the ability to store pictures, have a social network, and deliver quality blog traffic to my site. I was just looking for a cheap alternative to storing pictures on my computer hard drive. I was excited to get a new digital SLR camera and take picture of our trip to Disneyland, Yosemite family wedding, and as much of nature as possible. With my new Nikon D60 I was able to capture some great pictures, but soon found out that I needed many more pictures for my blog posts. How would I find them? Well, I found it and so much more. Flickr has transformed the way I upload and search for blog pictures online. Most important, I adhere to the creative commons license agreement and give attribution to the photographer. If you enjoy taking photos and have a blog, why not utilize a service like Flickr?

You might have a website about dogs or maybe you have a personal blog about mustangs. If you own a mustang you could post personal pictures on Flickr, but how will you get your other photos? If you’re writing about the new Shelby Mustang and your local Ford dealer doesn’t have one in stock, what will you do? Find a Shelby photo on Flickr that you can share through the creative commons agreement and you can now add a great picture to your blog article. Share you own mustang photos and people will find out more about you. Another writer may be looking for the photo that you just took and is interested in using it. You also never know when a magazine or print vendor might be looking for a photograph of the exact car you own.

Here’s what it has done for my blog. ( I will add that I’m an amateur and bet anyone with better skills could grab more attention and traffic):

1. Use the advanced search criteria and find creative common licensed pictures.
2. Once you’ve found your picture, leave a comment for the photographer with a link to your post.
3. Curiosity and flattery will bring that photographer to your blog or website. 1 source of traffic.
4. Whenever another visitor comes through Flickr, they can see your comment and might be interested in learning more about your site. The second form of traffic.
5. The photographer or visitor may also be interested in looking at your pictures too. A third source of traffic.
6. I’m not a professional photographer, but if you did have pictures for sale, you can mention that with a link to your site. Many photographers offer a smaller size online and then have a link if you are interesting in purchasing the larger file or a print for media. This could be a tremendous source of alternative income or extra money for your photo business.
7. Join a group. Even if you don’t own a Nikon D60, you can find others that own the same camera and share info.

Lot’s of ways to drive traffic to your site from Flickr. If you are a photographer with a blog, this is one of the easiest and best ways to start with a social network. You already have an eye for quality pictures, so now is your time to show off your talents. If you have a blog, do you utilize pictures in your posts? Do you have an alternative to Flickr that you enjoy better? Are you made any photo sales through Flickr?

More posts from bloggers excited about Flickr:

WordPress Flickr plugin Photodropper
How to Rock Flickr Like a Champ
A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images
Turbo Charge Your Traffic With Flickr Groups
A Comprehensive Guide to Using Flickr for Traffic Building and Brand Marketing

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1 no more spending September 6, 2008 at 1:00 am

Thanks for this post Scott. I thought you had to pay for all Flickr photo’s used on blogs etc! Very helpful

2 Single Guy Money September 6, 2008 at 11:26 am

I haven’t been to Costco in a few months. I do save money by buying in bulk but any savings are lost when I buy something that I had not planned to purchase.

3 Scott September 6, 2008 at 1:39 pm

@ Laura Yes, the creative commons licensed pictures are a great source for blog pictures.

@ Sing Guy Money I also think that’s why they don’t have an express line 10 item max line at Costco, make you stand in line and see what other people have purchased. So many times I’ve seen spouses run back to get items they forgot or realized they might want.

4 passivefamilyincome September 9, 2008 at 4:14 am

Thanks for the info on Flickr! That is going to be the next thing I start to explore.

5 Scott September 10, 2008 at 12:58 pm


Make sure you post some of your own pictures to gain some new traffic to your blog. And, let me know how it goes.

6 Elizabeth Potts Weinstein September 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Great tip on flickr — I have a few random photos of my own up there, just for personal use, but didn’t get how to generate traffic from using flickr. I can always use a source for more great photos for my blog (right now I’m just subscribing to

~ ElizabethPW

7 Scott September 11, 2008 at 10:15 am

@ Elizabeth You should try posting some pictures on flickr and allow use through creative commons and you can create more interest for your site. I always carry my camera as you never know when you might find something interesting to capture. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be interesting to you, someone else might find it very fascinating. You just never know.

8 Adam Bell September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm

This is a cool idea, im a photographer and it realy helps me to, as long as the person tells you there using it, its great!

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