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More Flickr Backlink Magic

Updated on January 24, 2010

I wrote previously about how to get traffic to your Hubpage or Blog by using other peoples Flickr photographs. It definitely works and I do get some visitors from that route. Even some of the photographers are now regular visitors to my blog.

Using your own photographs can be even better at directing people towards your HubPages. With your own photos, you are in control. You can choose what to take and what to include.

It is not difficult and every HubPage writer should be using this at least part of the time.

Flickr is free to join and there is a certain amount of free storage space. It is easy to use and one of the best photographic sites on the internet. I highly advise you join.

My Chosen Example Photograph

To best understand this I suggest you open another page with the URL of this photo:

Going to the page in Flickr for my chosen photo, in this case one in a private set entitled Dao's 38th Birthday Party there are several options open to me. Remember that each and every photograph has its own URL so if I liked I could link one to another but, as this photo is in a set, it is not necessary.

In your Flickr Photo page you would run your cursor over the base of your photo. You will see that you have the opportunity to write something there. In this case, on my Flickr photo page, I have put in the link 'Using Flickr For Backlinks' which is my earlier Flickr related hub. To place this here was a simple as going to the base of that particular hub in HubPages and:

  1. Clicking 'Link To This Page'
  2. Choosing my 'HubPages Referral Tracker'
  3. Choosing HTML and selecting 'copy' with right mouse click
  4. Pasting the code in the bar at the base of the photo on the Flickr page.

That's it. I now have a permament link back to my page.

As this is an example I am going to use the comments box below the photograph to add another bit of information. You really could use anything you liked but here I am going to use it to post another link to attract possible viewers back to my Hubpages.

Again a very simple procedure using the same 1-4 steps above but this time I am using the Quick Guide to Hub Construction. So now I have two links from this one photograph back to two different HubPages. This would not normally be the case but as it is an example I believe it is fair use.

What about getting people to the photograph in the first place? Well perhaps I could have chosen a better fact I am sure I could because Flickr allows you to add 25 Tags to each photograph. This was purely an example and as I am not going to name the people in the photograph I have only used a few Tags. A different photo, a view perhaps could easily use up more than 25 Tags.

I hope you have found this helpful. I have previously explained how you can use other peoples photographs to link back to your HubPage. This is little different except you have more control. Your Photographs on Flickr can, if they are good, and appropriately tagged lead people back to your Hub and/or Blog.


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    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks Lizzy. Life is partly about sharing and giving, as you know.

    • LizzyBoo profile image


      9 years ago from Czech Republic

      What an excellent guide. Thank you Peter. I keep fighting with traffic. I am glad for the info you share with us. Thank you very much-Lizzy

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      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Bookmarked! Need to read when I have time. Thanks for the hub.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Mike - yes you are right but no follow is better than nothing at all. I definitely get some traffic from Flickr.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Les Trois Chenes - I often wonder if people have been sued for using images without permission...very few if at all. I think though it is only polite to use those for which you have permission. I admit I stray occassionally when I cannot find the image I want or cannot find permissions.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Hello Hello, pleased to help

    • 4hourmike profile image


      9 years ago from Thailand

      Another useful Hub, Peter, thanks. I looked into this more after your last Hub on the subject. It should probably be pointed out that the links from Flickr are "no follow" links. While they do bring in traffic, which is a good thing, they don't give you any link juice with the search engines, which is a bad thing. Basically, the search engines ignore them. So, they don't help the page rank of your Hub. But, like Hafeez says, they do bring in a lot traffic sometimes.

    • Les Trois Chenes profile image

      Les Trois Chenes 

      9 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Many thanks. I will certainly do this. I also read your previous article Using Flickr for Backlinks, and will go back and edit pages accordingly. Am just about to read your 'Creative Commons' piece, as I have found it difficult to work out what I can use and what is under copywrite.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Peter, for some more help. It is very kind of you.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Anath - Thanks. It does not take a genius to know which photograph searches will be highest. HubPages around the subject and a link back to Flickr can only be good.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Hafeez - Thank you. Never tried lonely planet but have used others to comment a time or too. To be honest I never checked on how traffic moved. I will give it another go. Thanks.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      9 years ago from South East Asia

      franciaonline - Thanks. Any little tip is worth sharing I believe.

    • hafeezrm profile image


      9 years ago from Pakistan

      A useful suggestion. I would make its use on my next hub.

      I wonder if you ask questions or give answers to on a travel website: When I write a travel related hub like Sacred Crocs, I write a few lines in appropriate forum (Pakistan section in case of sacred crocs) and insert a link to my hubpages. Believe me, sometime I get 100 hits on the first day.

      If not already, I hope you would explore its potentials.

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      9 years ago

      This is something definetly worth exploring Peter. thanks for the idea.

    • franciaonline profile image


      9 years ago from Philippines

      Very helpful information for everyone here at hubpages. Thanks, Peter.


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