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Sep 18, 2013 00:32 |  #1

Hi,
I am an aspiring photographer and run a smalll blog (external link) about travel and photography which I am anxious to drive more traffic to. I recently saw that the owner of one of the bigger travel blogs asked on his site for contributers. I volunteered knowing that I won't be paid but hoping that it would get me out there a little and possibly drive some traffic towards my blog.

What he wants are photo slide shows about a certain travel locations along with a short description/story about the photo. I'll have no trouble providing the content but had the following questions which I havent talked to him about yet:

1) Should I ask to be allowed to place a watermark on my photos

2) Should I insist on right click protection on the photos. he wants them to fill the screen. I don't want to upload high res photos to a site which has quite a bit of traffiic.

3) Should I insists on a link back to my website and twitter account in the post.

4) Anything else I should be asking for?

I'd be really greatful for any advice on these basic questions. It's just that I'm qute new to this.

Thanks for the help


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Sep 18, 2013 00:42 |  #2

Yes to 1, 2 and 3. Someone else will probably point out somehting for 4.

You're doing it for free, so in my opinion, you have the right to make some reasonable demands.

Why do you want extra traffic to your blog? Are you trying to make money at all from your photography? If so, how?


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Sep 19, 2013 05:11 |  #3

Having recently posted about guest blogging on POTN here are my comments:

1) You should watermark all your images for anywhere you place them on the web

2) Doesnt hurt to ask

3) It is typical to ask for 2 contextual links back to your website. I would link them both back to your own website instead of having one link to your Twitter

4) You can also ask for Author's box in the post which will have a text description where you can put a short bio about yourself and your photography services


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Sep 19, 2013 08:24 |  #4

2) Should I insist on right click protection on the photos.

I don't see the point. If they're on the screen, anyone can copy them.


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Sep 19, 2013 08:31 |  #5

PhotosGuy wrote in post #16308803 (external link)
I don't see the point. If they're on the screen, anyone can copy them.

It depends on how they display it. If you are loading the direct url of the image you are right anyone can right click and save image. If on the other hand the image is loaded full screen as a popup there is Javascript code that you can implement to prevent right click button from appearing. People will still be able to download your image by looking into your HTML code and finding the direct url of your image and loading it like that.


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Sep 19, 2013 10:25 |  #6

I wouldn't do it. Why is he asking for contributors? Because he wants to generate traffic off of the work of others.

If you've got a blog, then write for YOUR blog. Don't work for free.


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Sep 19, 2013 10:53 |  #7

dkizzle wrote in post #16308815 (external link)
It depends on how they display it. If you are loading the direct url of the image you are right anyone can right click and save image. If on the other hand the image is loaded full screen as a popup there is Javascript code that you can implement to prevent right click button from appearing. People will still be able to download your image by looking into your HTML code and finding the direct url of your image and loading it like that.

Or by simply doing a print screen or using the Snipping Tool in Windows 7.


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Sep 19, 2013 11:02 |  #8

Biffbradford wrote in post #16309038 (external link)
I wouldn't do it. Why is he asking for contributors? Because he wants to generate traffic off of the work of others.

If you've got a blog, then write for YOUR blog. Don't work for free.

You obviously dont understand how guest blogging works. He is providing content to a site that has a wider audience than his own website. In return the website is providing him with backlinks. He is not doing it for free. If he writes on his own blog but gets no visitors who exactly will be reading what he wrote?


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Sep 19, 2013 11:06 |  #9

bradttu wrote in post #16309100 (external link)
Or by simply doing a print screen or using the Snipping Tool in Windows 7.

Thats the most ghetto way to steal a picture ;)


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Sep 19, 2013 17:50 |  #10

dkizzle wrote in post #16309122 (external link)
You obviously dont understand how guest blogging works. He is providing content to a site that has a wider audience than his own website. In return the website is providing him with backlinks. He is not doing it for free. If he writes on his own blog but gets no visitors who exactly will be reading what he wrote?

So why would a reader of the BIG blog go to the small blog when there's tons of reading on the BIG blog? They will just stay true to the BIG blog and read other contributions. Meanwhile the owner of the BIG blog sits back and grins. If you are writing something that people are truly interested in, they will forward the link to others and you will get your OWN traffic. No, I don't get it.

Sounds just like the good old "We'll give you photo credit if you let us use your photos."


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Sep 19, 2013 18:23 |  #11

Biffbradford wrote in post #16310037 (external link)
So why would a reader of the BIG blog go to the small blog when there's tons of reading on the BIG blog? They will just stay true to the BIG blog and read other contributions. Meanwhile the owner of the BIG blog sits back and grins. If you are writing something that people are truly interested in, they will forward the link to others and you will get your OWN traffic. No, I don't get it.

Sounds just like the good old "We'll give you photo credit if you let us use your photos."

Backlinks are text links within the body of text that will be written. So for example since OP said he does travel photography he can include phrases such as "Costa Rica Photography Tours" and "Panama Photography Tours" linking back to his website. While your assumption that not a lot of people would leave the BIG blog is some what correct BUT you are missing out on the fact that this kind of trade is doing for Search Engine Optimization purposes. Search engines will be able to find OP's website under links such as "Costa Rica Photography Tours" and "Panama Photography Tours". The more niche and generic backlinks you have the more likely are the chances of you showing up higher on the search engine results pages. Hence my earlier mention that this is not done all free by the writer. Both sides benefit in this exchange with BIG blog getting some FREE content and writer getting some link juice.


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Sep 19, 2013 22:09 |  #12

dkizzle wrote in post #16309131 (external link)
Thats the most ghetto way to steal a picture ;)

It doesn't matter. They still get it.


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Sep 19, 2013 22:36 |  #13

Be sure to check your work for typos before submitting it. Just sayin.


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Sep 20, 2013 17:34 |  #14

dkizzle wrote in post #16309131 (external link)
Thats the most ghetto way to steal a picture ;)


Annnnnnnnnd? :lol: Do you think Joe 'ghetto' Blow cares? Nah. If you display images online, you have to accept the fact that someone can snag it if they want it bad enough. Well I guess you don't have to accept it, but it's reality and it will eventually happen.

How many of us here have found our images somewhere that we never intended them to be? I'll go ahead and raise my hand and say I have. It's part of the game.


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Sep 20, 2013 18:48 |  #15

Scatterbrained wrote in post #16310594 (external link)
Be sure to check your work for typos before submitting it. Just sayin.

That was my first thought.
My second was...
Why would you be working for free?


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