Monday, November 5, 2012

Delicious VS Google Searches

I searched for "black friday" on both Delicious and Google. I was disappointed that the most recent search on Delicious for that tag brought up pages of items that were not what I was looking for. I am looking for sites and ads for "Black Friday" and Google search had what I wanted. None of the results on the Delicious search were very recent or reliable. I couldn't find much of anything I had wanted to see. Delicious brought up 516 pages Google produced 748,000,000 sites

Clearly Google had lots of the top sites and ads that have been leaked already. The ones on the first few pages have all been added in the last month. It even brought up my blog on the Dollar General Black Friday ad I had posted in the last 5 days on the first page. I will stick to using Google for searching the internet.

To Share or Not to Share

We all know that Flickr is the social networking site to upload your pictures, but to also share with your friends or family. Other users can also find your pictures if set to public and share. What sets Flickr apart from many other sites is they add a Creative Commons licensing to all the pictures you upload.

Why have a Creative Commons License on your pictures? It keeps others from taking your photos and trying to use them on their own websites or blogs and taking credit for a picture they didn't take. It wouldn't necessarily pose a problem of most family pictures, but you are a photographer trying to make a living on the pictures you take. Then thousands of others are using them without giving you credit. You lose money.

The upside to this problem is to use a Creative Commons License. You have many options on how restrictive you want for each photo. Users will still share your work, but have to give you credit. This is a great way to drive others to your website or blog! You can generate more traffic and possibly more clients.
I personally do share my pictures. There are times I add a logo of my blog to a picture in a spot that would be hard for anyone to edit. Many times I take pictures for giveaways, and not upset if others share my pictures. This is why I also add in tags to bring more traffic to my blog. I do receive a few hundred visitors looking for pictures and find my blog.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

How to Add Pictures on a Blogger Post

Flickr is extremely popular with many users on the internet. It makes sharing and embedding pictures very easy. It is also a great way for people to share with their pictures with friends and family. I know I have family scattered all over the country so I enjoy being able to connect with them on sites like Flickr. There are two ways to post pictures on a blog post. The first one is to just upload the picture and publish directly on Blogger. It is very easy to upload. The picture below is one I uploaded directly into this blog post.

First you click the picture icon in the post settings. Then you will browse by uploading a picture directly from your computer. You can center the picture or align it to the right or left and choose the size you want to the image to appear on the post. The biggest benefit is you do not have to open another window to find html as it's all done on Blogger. The second way to post a picture on a blog post is to copy and paste the html from a picture hosting service like Flickr.


It is also very easy and you do not have to host the picture on Blogger which saves memory and space. By hosting on a site like Flickr, other users can share your picture if you made it public. The more your picture is visible on more than one site, the more people will see as it will be in search engines. I prefer to upload my pictures directly on Blogger as it is easy and quick. I can add custom tags to the pictures that I upload onto Blogger. The tags also helps to have my image in search engines, which brings more visitors to my blog.