How would you like to find your Flickr account deleted without even a warning?
How could that happen?
- Do you use photos from Flickr in your posts?
- Do you keep your listing photos on Flickr?
If you said yes to either question it could happen to you.
Last week I read a featured post recommending the use of free photos from Flicker to make your posts better and increase your SEO. It is not a good idea. Here is what the TOS (terms of service) from Flickr says:
"Don’t use Flickr to sell.
If we find you engaging in commercial activity, we will warn you or
delete your account. Some examples include selling products, services,
or yourself through your photostream or in a group, using your account
solely as a product catalog, or linking to commercial sites in your
photostream. If you engage in commercial activity elsewhere on the
internets or in the real world, you’re still welcome on Flickr—in fact,
we’ve even set up some best practices especially for you."
There are ActiveRain members and other real estate agents who have suddenly had their account deleted along with any photos that they have posted there.
If you have any listing photos on your Flickr account you should immediately move them to another hosting account and I would recommend backing up any photos that you have on Flickr including your photos of friends and family. You might get by -- but what would happen if you did find your account deleted -- would you lose everything?
Of course now you are saying -- I'm not a photographer, where will I get my photos?
The answer is to purchase them from a stock photo agency or you may find some for free with a Creative Commons license.
Here are some stock agencies that you might consider:
www.shutterstock.com, www.istockphoto.com, www.bigstockphoto.com, www.gettyimages.com, www.jupiterimages.com, www.fotolia.com, www.alamy.com, www.123rf.com, www.corbisimages.com, www.dreamstime.com, www.photos.com, www.punchstock.com, www.imagesource.com, www.fotosearch.com, www.superstock.com
I know some agents feel that they should not have to pay for photos for there blogs. They feel that anything on the Internet should be available for no charge.
I guess I feel that photographers are entitled to be paid for their services just like real estate agents.
You don't want to discount your commissions so it is only right for you to pay for the services that you receive.
Disclosure: I take my own photos and pay for clipart and photos I use that are not mine. My photos are copyrighted but I am quick to give permission for ActiveRain members to use them for free if they first request the use of my photos and give me credit for them. I also have stock images for sale but not at this time on any of the sites that I listed.
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