Localism - How to Add Photos & Why Quality is Essential

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

As Localism.com begins the climb up the search engines to be the "World's Most Complete NeighborPedia", remember the value and importance of using quality pictures, titles, and descriptions.  Like anything you put on the Internet, SEO is important. Did you know your photos get SEO?  And there's more than just SEO to consider...  

While the content on Blog posts is "ALL-IMPORTANT", the photos you upload should have the same level of value and priority.  Just like photos of a home help to create interest and contribute to the sale of that home, the same applies to photos of neighborhoods and communities. 


The reason quality is so important:

Your photos not only get Google juice, but they represent YOU as the contributor and are linked back to your profile on Localism.  If you put up less than Quality images, you may be missing an opportunity and get less than quality results.  We should always Autograph our work with Quality, that's our signature.

How To add and upload Photos To Localism:  Here's some sites where I have stored photos in the past.

FIRST: Make sure you have named, re-sized and saved your photos in the proper format. If you don't have a photo editor, you can use sites like Picnik.com or Picasa to name, re-size, and save your images in the proper .jpg format.  It's FREE.  I suggest naming them with a recognizable and search-able file name, NOT P10648235.jpg.  Something like "Monterey Harbor" or "Lovers Point" will get better results.  I suggest nothing larger than 640x480 for fastest uploading and processing time without sacrificing or compromising quality.

 

 

NEXT: Go to Localism.com. make sure you are logged in, then select the neighborhood where you wish to add your photo.  Click on the "Upload Photo" link just under the Top Neighbor area on that page, or just below the current photo that may appear.  (uploading to communities without existing photos was corrected)

Click on browse, select your photo from it's location on your computer, then add a description.  Think SEO, make it short and sweet.  You'll notice a link to "Add More Photos" before you begin the upload process.

This is "NEW" and will save you time uploading one photo at a time.  If you want to view ALL photos for that neighborhood or community, just click on the "View All Photos" link.


A Few Things To Know and Remember:

Photos are reviewed by the AR editorial staff for quality and content.  Depending on what you upload will depend on if they show up in that community.  All your photos will ALWAYS show up on your Localism profile.  Currently, there is no way to edit or delete your photos, so be careful and be selective what you submit.  Try to avoid posting pictures that are poor in quality, blurry, low res, or that are too large in file size. CRUCIAL: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.  

 

Pictures and photos of neighborhoods and communities are important and shouldn't be taken for granted.  Photos are what helped to make National Geographic one of the Top Magazines in the World.  They are the most viewed pages by consumers when looking to buy a home.  Captured images are what sell newspapers and make Blogs and Websites attractive and sticky.  Pictures represent the closest and next best thing to being there besides video.  They create an emotional element that inspires and motivates ones desire to want to see it in person, to go there, to vacation there, to own there.  Our digital pictures will last for more than just our lifetime.

 

                                                        Have a picture perfect week!  :-)

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Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
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Brad,

I'm logged into Localism and see the plus sign along with Upload photo.  I click and nothing happens. Bottom left corner reads "Error on page."

Can't seem to get the upload cracking...

Jul 23, 2009 03:13 PM #367
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Irene - some browsers are currently working and others are not. In the comments above, I have tried to explain and address this.  We will get it corrected hopefully in the next release.  I apologize for the inconvenience and want to thank you and all the other members for your patience and understanding.  I, more than anyone want to get this corrected.. as a photographer, and wanting to post local content, it is very frustrating not to be able to upload photos right now.  Just know the tech guys are totally aware of it and have it on the list to be fixed.

In the meantime, try a couple other browsers like Firefox, Safari, Chrome or even Flock, you may have better luck with one of those.  If you do, please let me know which one works best for you. Thanks. :-)

Jul 25, 2009 01:34 AM #369
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Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

Guilty of not reading all the previous comments; I made a bad assumption just because of the date of the post. Sloppy me! Sorry.

Jul 25, 2009 03:49 PM #370
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Irene - no worries, and no need for an apology.  I can't blame you for not wanting to skim thru 370 comments to maybe get an answer. 

Let me know if any of those other browsers work for for you ok?  

Jul 26, 2009 01:48 AM #371
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Caroline Dunn
Rossman Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL
Realtor Cape Coral Florida

Thank you Brad. I do have a problem with uploading photos. I can see , but when I click on it nothing happends. I have tried this on several computers throughout my office and home. Do you know if there is a problem? Or could it be a setting?

 

Sep 05, 2009 08:01 AM #373
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Caroline - definitely down right now. It should be fixed sometime soon, but no date or time set yet.

Sep 05, 2009 01:01 PM #375
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William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Glad I came across this...I have been wanting to add photos and maps of my communities to Localism for months now.

Sep 23, 2009 04:27 AM #376
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Caroline Dunn
Rossman Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL
Realtor Cape Coral Florida

Hi Brad, I am trying to upload photos to the community/City I choose , but it will not open the box to allow me to browse for the pictures.

On the bottom left hand corner of I get a message that say "Error on page"

Do you know if there is there a setting on the computer that needs to be checked?

Thanks a bunch for your help

Caroline

Sep 30, 2009 02:09 AM #377
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Bill Bein
Chicagoland2to4Flats.info - Chicago, IL

I'm trying to upload a photo and reset the map at Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL.

All I get when I click on "Upload Photos" is a small message at the bottom, "Error on Page".

And the map won't hold at all - it's currently set to show the whole midwest.  I'm adding here the pictures I want to use - one is a snap I took of the map, the other the restored prairie river in Humboldt Park.

Humboldt Park restored prairie river

MAP - Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL

Oct 16, 2009 09:10 AM #378
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Bill - we are aware of the "photo upload" issues members are having with Localism and hope to have it corrected in the next update and release of Localism. It has been an issue for quite some time now and our programmers have these specific concerns at the top of their priority list, I assure you. Thanks.  :-)

Oct 16, 2009 02:30 PM #379
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Robert Reid
Premier Real Estate - Vancouver, WA
OR & WA Real Estate

Great way to advertise your community and to get involved

Oct 23, 2009 05:14 AM #380
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Robert Reid
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Great way to advertise your community and to get involved

Oct 23, 2009 05:14 AM #381
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William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Hey Brad, I just hope that they have this upload photos issue with localism fixed soon...very soon...

Nov 20, 2009 01:51 PM #382
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Hey William - I agree, it's been a long time coming.  Apparently it goes much deeper than just a simple fix or flip of a switch, it's due to some technical complications that have to do with a variety of variables which in technobabble terms just means that it's too complex to explain but our techs are aware of the issue and hope to have it resolved sometime soon....  on or before 2012!! 

(just kidding about the 2012 part) :-))

Nov 20, 2009 11:40 PM #383
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Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive

Hurry!

I have some good photos piling up and waiting to get uploaded.

Dec 04, 2009 08:30 AM #384
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Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

Is there a timetable for when the photo upload problem will be fixed?  I think there are many of us who would really like to make some updates!

Feb 06, 2010 03:53 AM #385
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Michael - I wish I could give you a time frame or table, even an eta, but unfortunately this is an issue that has to be corrected by our programmers and I think there is a much more involved process in getting this corrected, otherwise it would have already been fixed. 

I can assure you that the "behind the scenes" team is more than well aware of this, the importance of it, and will do everything they can to have it corrected as soon as humanly possible. To say thanks for your patience and understanding would be an understatement, and if you googled those words, they'd probably lead you to this post.  lol~

Hang in there, as with all things here on AR, we are always doing our best to improve them and make everything here better.  Thanks.

Feb 06, 2010 04:02 AM #386
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Craig Alexander
Coldwell Banker Premier Properties - Front Royal, VA
Associate Broker in Virginia

OK---sorry to continue the beating of a dead horse, but is there any update on when this issue will be resolved?

Jun 24, 2010 01:47 AM #387
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Craig - the update is that there is no update at this point.  It works for some and not for others, it is on the list to be reveiwed and revamped at some point soon.  Thanks for your patience and understanding, it's not a dead horse and we don't mind you asking at all.  :-)

Jun 24, 2010 04:22 AM #388
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Photo's have always seemed important to me.  Don't understand why it does not seem that many agents do not grasp their importance.

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