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Using Flickr For Backlinks

Updated on June 16, 2011

Probably without exception all writers on hubpages are out to improve traffic to their hub. Sometimes this will be to improve clicks on Google Adsense whilst for others it is simply nice to know that someone has visited the hub.

There are any number of ways to increase the number of visitors to your Hub. Some are quite labour intensive and involve writing another article or re-writing and posting elsewhere linking back to your hub.

One of the quickest, easiest and reliable ways to create a permament backlink to your hub is to use Flickr. It does not matter if you are a signed up member of Flickr as long as you use the photographs that are freely available under Creative Commons and you credit the photographer. Presently there are over eleven million photographs on Flickr. You are bound to find at least one to accompany your Hub

Take a look at this Explanation. It will let you know which photographs you can freely use.

African Lion

Photo By:
Photo By:
  •  Write your hub
  • Choose a relevant photograph on Flickr
  • Load the photo into one of your capsules
  • Use the photographs http link under the photograph. Along the lines of Photo By: http;//www.12ew45gt
  • Go back to the photograph on Flickr
  • In the comment box beneath the Flick Photograph write something along the lines of "I am using this photograph in my hub at (insert the hub title and link). Many thanks.
  • You should then press the the 'post comment' button.
  • That's it. Anyone of the many people who view the photograph at Flickr may see your link and may click on it. They may not of course but the link will remain for a hundred years unless deleted.


Photo By:  Tony Fischer, Carpe Diem Photography
Photo By: Tony Fischer, Carpe Diem Photography

It is of course a two way flow. You and the photographer both benefit. Anyone visiting your hub who sees the photograph can link back to the photographer and see more of his/her work.

Go on give it a try. Easy to do. You can always go and edit one of your old hubs today using a new photograph from Flickr.

Follow up the links under each of the photographs I have used as examples on this hub. Scroll down the comments and look for mine.


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    • That Grrl profile image

      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Your post is actually wrong. Just because a photo on Flickr lets people use the photo with an attribution does not mean it is okay to post them on HubPages. Any photo which says it is for Non-Commercial use only should not be used on HubPages. Even if you are not making money on your post, this is a commercial use of the photo.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      7 years ago from South East Asia

      @willythuan - No Follow is often as good as follow. When you use a photo you need to add to the comments below. Say thank you for the use and state where you are using it and give the link. People reading your comment may, just may follow that link directly to you. In my experience...many do, and sometimes the photographer become fans.

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      7 years ago from Phuket, Thailand

      Hi Peter, since Flickr seems to have a 'no-follow' tag, the benefit is only to get visitors, right? Or was is added to the photos you selected?

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      7 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you upal19

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      Ashraf Mir 

      7 years ago from Dhaka

      Thanks Peter for the wonderful tip. Surely I'll let it a try.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      7 years ago from South East Asia

      Cathy I - Pleased to have helped.

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      Cathy I 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank you for a really good guide on how to use photos from Flickr. I usd to have lots of problems trying to use photos from Clipart, that I just started using my own photography. I am a member at Flickr, so I will definitely try your idea to further enhance my hubs. Thank u for sharing.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      7 years ago from South East Asia

      Give it a go. No-follow can be as good as follow in some instances.

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      7 years ago

      nice, i'm going to try this asap

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      7 years ago

      I will give it a try , thanks alot Peter

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Free Classifieds Blog - Thank you for your suggestion to make flickr links as clickabe links. I agree it is far better if done that way. There does not however appear ro an easy way to accomplish this in the HubPage box directly below the photo. I will experiment.

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      Free Classifieds Blog 

      8 years ago

      My suggestion is to always provide a clickable link to the flickr page where the image is located. You can make it nofollow if you wish. An unclickable links is not good.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Great ideas, thanks. I have openend a Flickr account on your suggestion!

      Love and peace


    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Pastor - A pleasure to help. Flickr allows free storage up to a point and then they charge. If you forget to pay you will only get access to the last 100 or so of your uploaded photos....but you don't lose them. Pay your annual due and you have got access to the lot again. I believe they provide excellent service and I have had no problems.

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      Andrew Grosjean 

      8 years ago from Detroit

      Thank you. I was just wondering about this topic today. I have alot of photos that I was thinking of uploading to flickr and I also wanted to know where to get good pics. Very helpful.

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      i scribble 

      8 years ago

      This is helpful advice. I'll give it a try.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Glad to help Mike.

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      8 years ago from Thailand

      Nice hub, Peter, with very practical advice. I never considered flickr as a source of backlinks. Thanks for the tip.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks Dohn - I hope it works for you.

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      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes, I totally agree with Randy. This is a great idea for a hub, Peter. This is very good to know. I didn't know about this until now!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your kindness to give such an advice to help.

    • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you lis, Randy, Francia and Kelly. Glad to help out. I have had several emails from the photographers happy to have their work on show. Some will also read my hubs or blog.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent! I wasn't sure about flicker - thank you! Like franciaonline - I avoided flicker - great article - thank you!

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for your helpful tips, Peter. sometimes I am not sure whether to use photos from Flickr or not for fear of copyright infringement. Your hub enlightens!

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      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      It would be nice for flickr's sake if you could link from the photo without having to cut and paste the address.

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      8 years ago from South Africa

      thanks for the tip, bookmarked!


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