I read someone's comment on hubpages that by including attributions on your images, you are potentially hurting your chances with google's search engines. If the attribution is related to your subject, you are fine. But if not, it's does more harm than good. I thought all free images (istock, etc.) had to be attributed, and I also thought that the attribution only included information about the person who originally took the photo (not subject-related information). Anyone know anything about this? Couldn't find answers on hubpages. Thanks!
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I think you have it right. I don't see how attributions in and of themselves could hurt rankings. Of course, I also don't see how Google could actually tell (automatically) if a caption didn't match the photo. That pretty much requires a human eye.
It's amazing what Google can do these days. Drop an image into Google image search, and it can find similar images (not just the same one) and "guess" pretty well what the image is about. They've got algorithms and data for everything.
Careful. Editing someone else's photo and not giving attribution to the original is not cricket. Copyrights cover derivations, too.
Casimiro..... I don't think I said anything about changing someone's photo. I meant if you don't give credit, Hubpages may in the future expect you to do so. No editing of the photo itself.