How to Post Images to Your Blog with Ethics!
One of the best blog resources you are going to have is the knowledge of knowing how to do things properly.
Hi everyone, Diane here and as always, a big thank you to Blogbloke for letting me share my thoughts with you.
Today we are going to talk about the ethics of putting images onto your blog. Please raise your hand if you put images on your blog?
Now raise your hand if you put images on your blog taken from another blog, website or from other places?
One last question:
How do you put images on your blog?
If you are using a WordPress blog you will see when you want to insert an image something like this:
You will see at the very top three selections
a) From Computer
b) From URL
c) Media Library
I believe that you all have an understanding of choosing files from your computer and from your media Library so I won’t bore any of you with long drawn out explanations.
It is the second choice that you are given in putting images on your blog - from URL that I want to talk to you today
On the surface it sounds like an easy process, you see an image from another site or on a Google image search, you get the URL, put it into the proper box, add some SEO, direct link to the site in question (because you have heard that is what you are supposed to do) and presto .. an image appears. You walk away feeling very proud of yourself!
Reread what I just said and note what was underlined because they are important.
When you see an image that is on different blog/website or on Google image search what SHOULD you be doing? Below you will see one of the best infographics I have ever seen about posting images in regards to online ethics and posting images to a blog.
Study this infographic because it will give you all the possible answers you will ever need in terms of answering the question “what should you do BEFORE you put any image on your blog”.
To make life easier for those of you who are new to blogging:
- Rule 1: Google image search is for looking at – not for taking the images! Google has explained in their help section WHY you need to look and not touch images.
- Rule 2. Flickr has billions of images and photos that you can use BUT not ALL or them can be used. Be sure you understand the difference between copyrighted and Creative Commons license. A great lady SquidooKimberly has created a fantastic lens on Squidoo titled Using Creative Commons Images from Flickr. Take the time to go – read – and learn!
- Rule #3 Never Direct link to an image!
Lets look at number 3 more closely. “Direct link an image” is the second part to what was wrong in the sentence “On the surface it sounds like an easy process, you see an image from another site or on a Google image search, you get the URL, put it into the proper box, add some SEO, direct link to the site in question ( because you have heard that is what you are supposed to do) and presto .. an image appears. You walk away feeling very proud of yourself!
I am sure that you have heard that making images on a blog SEO friendly is very important and there are ways to do this. Many people believe that when you link an image to someone else’s blog or site you are doing fantastic SEO, that you are crediting the image to that person and their post, and there is no harm in doing this.
There are many names for direct linking: hotlinking – leeching – piggy-backing – inline linking and offsite image grabs, and all these words mean the same thing - YOU ARE STEALING!
To explain as simply as I can, when you grab an image from someone else’s site using THEIR URL and you put it on your blog, you may not just be dealing with copyright issues, you are stealing the other persons bandwidth.
What is “bandwidth“? I could go into a technical explanation, but if you are a non-geek, it would make no sense, so here is a very simple analogy. Imagine a random stranger plugging into your electrical outlets, using your electricity without your consent, and you paying for it.
I found a site called the Online Business Junction where the author did a bang up job on explaining hotlinking or direct linking. In part this is what he said:
“Bandwidth basically refers to the amount of data transmitted from one point to another in a given amount of time. As you visit a website, you are using that site’s bandwidth to display all of its files. Many web hosts allot a certain amount of bandwidth to each client and they are charged for it accordingly. If a site is over their bandwidth, they will generally be charged for the extra data or they can be taken offline”.
There are many images on the net, wonderful images, and you should be using images on your blog to express yourself. Just remember that when using images being ethical and keeping your credibility is important – and don’t do anything to put it into question!
This is my lesson for the day – class dismissed.
..edited by Blog Bloke