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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!

STOP!

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”.

Credit image to piajanebijkerk.com for this infographic.

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.

WRONG!

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.

Any Questions?

..edited by Blog Bloke

Written August 4th, 2011 by | 28 Comments | Filed under: Blog Ethics, Blog Tips for Beginners, Blogging Tips, Featured Tips, Writing Blog Content

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  1. Wow Diane! You did it again! Educated me! This has been a gray area for me forever and you made it so crystal clear. I hate to tell you what I’ve been doing because I’m the dope who thought she was doing it right! I would love some suggestions in another blog on the pros and cons of using free photos, taking your own, or buying them ~ because I’m totally with you on the importance of photos on websites and blogs. After all, as your diagram reveals, a picture is worth 1,000 words!

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    Reply by: Diane (blogneta) at 9:35 am said...

    @Dorothy Sander, When I talked to you earlier today with my typical anxiety of wondering if I was clear enough in explaining the ethics of images, I had little idea of what you would say.

    Thanks Dorothy and I can almost see BlogBloke smiling, he insists I write more posts, so the more ideas on topics are always appreciated and not just for me by the way… I know he would love to get into the meat and bones of any blogging or social media topic…right Blogbloke?

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:21 am said...

    @Diane (blogneta), that’s cause I’m bad to the bone. ;-) I’ve been busy with back-end technical issues with the blog. Besides dealing with an emergency and migrating to a new server I have to upgrade the theme code for Wordpress 3. That is going to be a HUGE undertaking. So keep the articles coming Diane.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 11:11 am said...

    Hi Dorothy. Thanks for dropping by. Diane’s a keeper for sure.

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    Reply by: Ganesh at 11:52 am said...

    What if I use images in my blog, that was already been on many other websites?

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 1:51 pm said...

    Hi Ganesh. If it’s not an obvious trademarked logo for example, what I do is if I don’t know where it originated from I will open the image in Photoshop or Irfanview and check the file info for a copyright declaration. If there is none then I assume I can use it. If I know where the image originated then it is only proper to make a request to the creator to use it. Some copyright declarations also depend on if you are blogging for free or for profit.

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    Reply by: Ganesh at 7:55 pm said...

    Thank you Bloke!
    How to find Copyright declaration using photoshop? It will be a helpful tip to all of us sir.

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  2. I have to say to one and all that the main reason I got onto the track of doing this post was a huge mistake I made on one of the guest posts that I did.

    BlogBloke was very kind and corrected me and when I asked him to explain to me the reason for not doing a direct link… his words were… it is hotlinking and it is frowned upon.

    That very evening I set out to learn everything I could about hot linking and everything else that had to do with ethics when putting images on a blog.

    I learned a lot and they were things I had wished that I was taught a long time ago.

    While I did not mention Blogbloke directly in this post, I have to say that I would never have thought of these things without him.

    Thank you and a heart felt gratitude for setting me and now so many others straight.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:31 am said...

    @Diane (blogneta), what’s weird about this is .. because I’ve been doing this gig for so long I sometimes take for granted people’s knowledge base. So when I was editing and noted you were not linking your images or crediting sources correctly the perfect opportunity for you to write about it presented itself.

    This has been a wake-up call for me that I shouldn’t assume my reader’s knowledge level, and I should be writing for beginners as well as advanced users.

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    Reply by: Diane (blogneta) at 11:20 am said...

    @BLOGBloke, I can certainly understand where you are coming from in that regard, goes to show that for all the long time bloggers, there are new people who want to learn blogging and yes there are those people who have basically taught themselves and need to learn more and to learn better.

    You should have seen the look on my face when you told me about the issue of images and crediting sources…you have no idea how upset I was, because to me I really want to be a good role model and to let you on a wee secret, I love teaching..or to be politically correct sharing what I learn and know.

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  3. Hi Diane, now this is the kind of stuff I needed to learn about 5 years ago. There are so many of us out there operating on limited or no knowledge as how to properly set up or do a blog with pictures. We need to know or understand what is legal and what is prohibited.

    For me to totally understand something, information needs to be dissected into small bits and I love the way you used pictures throughout your presentation. The most important thing about information is the way it is presented and you are a master of presentation and research.

    This post is really informative and I’m sure BlogBloke will want to keep you around as long as he can because you have a gift for making people understand. It’s good to have friends who are knowledgeable in all areas. I will have to make it a habit to follow this blog, I just might learn a thing or two or three!

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 1:32 pm said...

    @Jeannie George, welcome aboard to the good ship BLOGBloke.

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  4. Hi Jeannie, I never know quite what to say when I hear these things, so at this time all I will say is thank you for your kinds words and hey…5 years late is better than never.

    I hope that you do come back often, in fact I would suggest going through BlogBloke’s archives, he has some very good material that will give you thought.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 1:31 pm said...

    @Diane (blogneta), as usual the tech/editor never gets any credit ;-)

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  5. By chance following the discussion - if you put on-line you own image, make sure that it is:
    1) small-sized
    2) copyright protected
    3) without any exif data
    4) copying function from your site in desactivated

    That’s the way I do it .
    Best wishes,

    Irina

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  6. Something very unique!! I knew about this earlier and so I started creating my own pictures and best if you upload your own snaps based on the subject ! But then again, fear of someone copying your image !!

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 11:36 am said...

    @Mushfique, nice to hear from you again.

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  7. I struggled with adding images to my sidebar. I now use a plugin called Image Widget. It allows you to download your image as a sidebar widget. You can add a title, description, and alternate text.

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  8. Thanks there is so many “grey” areas online for a newbie to come unstuck. We all want a great blog and its easy to get on the wrong path. Loving the honest blunt approach of this site, its so hard to get a straight answer off anyone these days, but you talk straight, cheers.

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