Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How To Make Money From Photos Step Two - Flickr

So, now that you have yourself a blog or website to showcase your photos the next step is to promote them a bit through the site Flickr. Flickr is basically the biggest picture sharing site out there in Cyberspace, so there is a good chance you have already heard of it. It is a free service to sign up for, and is now owned by Yahoo so you do need to get a Yahoo account if you don't already have one.

Once you have signed up it is time to start posting a few of your photos from your new photography sites. Before you upload the picture, make sure you put a mark on your photos to show that they belong to you. What I like to do is open them with Paint and then add a tiny bit of text in one of the corners of the picture so people who download your images will know where they came from, and how to get back to your site. Click on the picture below to see an example of my mark in the top corner...

Once you have added your mark to the image simply upload it to Flickr. Now it is very important to have a good title, a detailed description of the image, and most importantly a link back to your site that the photo came from. The link is accomplished by simply adding it to the description, all you need to do is copy the URL of your site for example http://natureswallpaper.blogspot.com. Once you type this Flickr will automatically make it a link. This way when an individual is viewing or commenting on your image on Flickr they can click on that link and discover your photo site!

So, now that you have upload a few photos to Flickr it is time to join up for some Flickr groups. An easy way to find groups is to take an image like the one above which is a picture of the beach in Hawaii and search for groups like, Water, Beaches, Hawaii, Ocean, Ect. Join these groups and then submit your photos to these groups. Flickr makes this quite easy to do, when you are looking at an individual picture just click on "send to group" above the picture. A list of all your groups will come down, and you can submit your photos to any of them.

This should help you not only get traffic and comments to your flickr photos, but it will also trickle traffic through to your photo sites from the links that you put in each of your photos posted on Flickr.

Make sure to fill out your Flickr profile and add your website link in there as well. You can also make a few friends along the way. You would be surprised how quickly you can build a good base of contacts. When someone makes a nice comment about one of your pics, add them as a friend, it is just that simple...

Stay tuned to the blog to learn even more about getting traffic to your photography site from Flickr and benefiting from Flickr's relationship with the site Imagekind...

Not sure where to start? Perhaps you should start at the beginning of this site!

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