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How to get Backlinks from Flickr

Updated on June 14, 2010
. . . .and don't forget to backlink it!
. . . .and don't forget to backlink it!

Would you like a backlink with that photo?

Are you using photos from Flickr in your hubs? If you are you should be getting a backlink to your hub too!

Adding some visual content to your hubs is a great way to enhance their appeal and communicate your message more effectively. Even if you don't have your own content there are now many sources of free images. For photos Flickr is probably the first port of call for many hubbers and bloggers looking for an image to illustrate an article. If you're not already finding images at Flickr read this hub on how to find photos that are free to use.

So, you've found a great image and got it into your hub, along with attribution to the creator on Flickr. End of story? Well often that is, but it shouldn't be. Go one step further and you can create the first backlink to your new hub. Here's what you should do after you've published your new hub;

  • head back over to the image page on Flickr
  • if you aren't already, you'll need to sign in to Flickr
  • leave a thank you comment for the image author telling them where you've used their image
  • format you're comment to hyperlink to your hub
  • you're done; instant backlink!

Creating online content is only half the story at best; just as much effort is required in promoting and marketing content, so it is essential not to miss an easy 'trick' like this. The beauty of this is Flickr is a hugely popular site so a link from a page on Flickr is worth more than many other easily created backlinks. This is particularly so if you use an image that is both popular and relevant (look at the tags associated with it) to your article.

I hope this little hub has proved useful, don't forget the same technique can, of course, be used for promoting any other online content your producing such as on your own blog.

If you have your own photos on Flickr and are interested in how to make some money from your photostream read this hub.


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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Ok, noted, thanks!

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      alexhd57 5 years ago

      Hi Claudia,

      I have to admit I haven't actually used Flickr for a while so it is possible things have changed but previously it was possible to create a link in the description area. It might have been using BB code or something similar if I recall correctly. Though as Herb noted above they were nofollow links. It may have all changed; I'll have a look when I get one of those elusive 'round to it' things. Cheers.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi alexhd57, its me again, I think it is not allowed to backlink from flickr :(

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      I always use my own photographs and I decided to create a flickr account to upload them and use them as backlinks to my hubs, but I wasn't able to create a hyperlink in the title nor the description of the photo, do you know how to do it?

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      texas 6 years ago

      I don't know but i think that is nofollow :|

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      alexhd57 6 years ago

      True Herb, but I'm not sure that is such a bad thing. Link building is a fluid situation and while I'm no expert I get the sense the aquisition of do follow links has become a little too overdone to the extent all but the highest quality are becoming of limited value as far as the search engines are concerned.

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      HerbGreen 6 years ago

      It looks like the links are nofollow.

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      real estate 6 years ago

      That is pure gold and not something being discussed much in relation to building backlinks from high pr sites.

      Most are focusing on articles, blog commenting, bookmarking and social media, forum profiles and software your ideas about image backlinks from Flickr is relatively new.


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      meuble de cuisine 6 years ago

      awesome thank you for sharing.

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      alexhd57 7 years ago

      you're welcome, hope it proves useful!

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      I never knew that, thanks for the great tip :-)

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      Deidre Shelden 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good suggestion! I went back and sent thank yous to the photo contacts.