Knowing how to use Flickr photos on your website can really make your blog posts look good and visually appealing.
The problem with using images from Flickr is that you’re going to want to make sure you’re doing it correctly or you run the risk of getting in trouble for using someones pictures without their permission.
While there are plenty of websites that you can find copyright free photos to use Flickr is full of high-quality photos taken by actual photographers that don’t look like your typical stock images.
Depending on the article I’m writing I typically head to Flickr to see what kind of relevant photos I could use to make my blog posts more interesting and look better overall.
Unfortunately, you’re not just allowed to download the photos and upload them to your website – there are some certain things that you need to do so that you’re allowed to use the image without any problems.
Flickr is a great source of free images and here’s how you can use them on your blog or website without having to deal with any unwanted copyright issues.
How to Use Flickr Photos on Your Website
What is Flickr?
In case you’ve never heard of it before or you’re just not sure what it is, Flickr is a website where people can upload photos that they’ve taken and high resolutions and share them with other people online from around the world.
I use it to share my photos with friends and family and I like having it as an online photo album where everything is organized and backed up somewhere that I can go check them out on a regular basis.
It’s free to sign up, although there is a professional plan if you want more space and features, and the free plan comes with a terabyte of storage space.
There are millions of photos on the website that cover a wide range of different topics from travel to automotive to healthcare to anything in between.
How to Use Flickr Images for Your Blog
To get started you want to head over to Flickr.com.
At the top of the page you should see a search bar and it’s here that you want to type in a keyword related to the photo that you’re looking for and then follow up with clicking on the magnifying glass to search through the results.
After a moment all of the image results should be displayed but unfortunately you’re not able to use every single one of these photos on your website.
What you want to do now is click on the “Any license” drop down tab near the top left of the results.
Here is where you’ll be able to choose the different copyright level of the search results regarding the images that you’re looking at and for photos that you want to use on your site you’re going to want to click on the license that you’re most interested in.
I recommend selecting either “All creative commons” or “Commercial use allowed”.
I usually go with the images that allow commercial use because this means that you can use the photos on websites that are promoting a product and in any other fashion that you want if you’re looking to make money.
Some of the images under the Creative Commons results don’t allow you to use them commercially so I tend to avoid any results under this filter.
Once you have decided on a photo you want you can go ahead and download it by clicking on the download button at the bottom right of the image.
Keep reading because although you have the image saved there is still one more step when it comes to using these photos on your blog.
Rules For Using Flickr Photos
After you download the image, or even before, you’re going to want to head to ImageCodr.
This is a super helpful website that allows you to paste the URL into their search box and the result that it gives you comes with all of the necessary copyright adjustments that you need to make to the image if you want to use it on your website.
The result is already formatted so all you need to do is either add the HTML code to your website or you can add the text manually in the caption box of the photo after you have already uploaded it to WordPress or whatever CMS that you’re using.
What I do is just copy and paste the text and then add to the things manually because I like having the photos uploaded onto my own site and the whole process just takes a few short moments and you’re able to use a wider range of photos then you would be able to find anywhere else.
As always, you want to make sure that you take advantage of properly SEO optimized images and that you’re always careful to follow the copyright rules so that you don’t get in trouble.
Using Flickr is a great way to find more images to use on your website and as long as you follow the rules you shouldn’t run into any problems at all.
Regardless of the nice that your website is in there are bound to be photos available for you to use and it’s so easy to insert the correct information that follows all of the copyright requirements that there isn’t really any excuse that you could use as to why you didn’t.
Even if you’re not using Flickr at the moment so I would recommend heading over to the website and taking a look at all of the different photos available – I’m sure you’ll be impressed and you’ll definitely find some images that you’re going to want to use.
Hopefully this article has helped you out and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to let me know down in the comments below.