Sharing Photos Is Best Done With Flickr

Most of you know that I have two photo blogs, but what you don’t know is that the site I used to host my photos on went broke and I lost all my photos. This created a major problem on those sites because it meant that as soon as that site went offline, with no warning mind you, all my posts lost their photos. I cannot describe the hassles involved in matching the right photos to the right posts. It took ages!

First thing  first though, before I could upload the photos I needed to find a new site for them. I didn’t want to host them with my blog host because I didn’t want to use up all that band width. After doing a lot of research I decided that the best site to host my photos was Flickr! I have to admit the fact that Flickr was free did help to sway my choice but once I started using it I was happy that I chose them.

As you would expect having two photo blogs meant that it was only a matter of time before I used up the free portion of my account but once I did I didn’t hesitate to go for the 2 year Flickr Pro account for $2 a month! I haven’t looked back since. The thing is I was so busy uploading photos and displaying them on my blogs that I completely forgot to edit my profile. :doh_tb: I did it late last night linking to my photo blogs and to this one as well. I will definitely have to go back and jazz it up a little, after all, why let all that potential link juice go to waste.

One of the things I like about flickr is you can choose how to classify your photos. You can make them open to the general public, to friends and family or you can make them completely private. The only ones I make private are those that have no photographic value like those where you’ve grabbed a screen to show people how something is done.

Anyway, enough about Flickr, I’m sure you all know how good it is, now to show off a few more photos from when I was in Los Angeles. People if you go to California you have to go down to Santa Monica beach, which is on the end of Route 66. We only spent a short while there as we were on a tour but you could easily spend so much more. I took these few shots while on the Santa Monica Pier. They say that everything in the States is big but I have to admit I was shocked to see an amusement park on the pier itself. It’s even got restaurants, an entertainment and other retail establishments.

Pacific Park Santa Monica

This beautifully maintained merry-go-round was housed in one of the buildings.

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Naturally you’ll find this ride outside.

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What was that I said, everything in the States was big? Well not when it came to buying a hotdog and fries. They were the smallest I’ve ever seen. I could have eaten all these myself but I thought I should share them with the wife.

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Just one thing before I go, I feel pretty safe with Flickr because it’s all part of Yahoo and I can’t see them closing their doors anytime soon.

Edit: After reading the comments there seems to be a little confusion as to how the Pro account differs from the Free account and so I thought I would add this to the post.

  • Unlimited photo uploads (20MB per photo)
  • Unlimited video uploads (90 seconds max, 500MB per video)
  • The ability to show HD Video
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Archiving of high-resolution original images
  • The ability to replace a photo
  • Post any of your photos or videos in up to 60 group pools
  • Ad-free browsing and sharing
  • View count and referrer statistics

Compare that to what you get with a Free Account:

  • 300 MB monthly photo upload limit (15MB per photo)
  • 2 video uploads each month (90 seconds max, 150MB per video)
  • Photostream views limited to the 200 most recent images
  • Post any of your photos in up to 10 group pools
  • Only smaller (resized) images accessible (though the originals are saved in case you upgrade later)

 

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  1. Thanks for the advice Sire. I think about disk space and band width every time I upload a post that uses more than one or two photos – and that has been most of them lately – and wonder about using a photo storage site to host the photos then link to them from my post. I’ll check tehse guys out.

    Oh, and nice photos too! Looks like fun.


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    Those are regular sized hot dogs to us, Sire! You can buy them larger. And if you go to Krystal, you can buy ‘pups’, which are even smaller hot dogs! ;)

    Glad you found a great way to store your pictures so you don’t have to worry anymore.


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        My husband has recently found a love of the foot-long hot dogs that Sonic Drive-In has started selling. I tried one recently and couldn’t eat the whole thing, let alone the tater tots that came with it. He, on the other hand, ate all of his, the rest of mine, and both orders of tots.

    1. That is a regular sized hotdog here too. It’s enough for my between-breakfast-and-lunch snack. Lately though, I’m seeing even smaller sizes than that in those street carts. Maybe that’s what they call puppy dogs.

      Sire, I’ve never considered hosting my pics on flickr before, but now that I realized I may have uploaded loads of my pics on my host these past couple of years, I just might start checking flickr out. $2 a month isn’t bad, I suppose. :)

      1. Hey James, try out the free account first, you can always upgrade later.

  3. I love flicker.But,I am not having any premium account.One question friend,I can see you are using some traffic exchange.Is it not against google adsense rules?

    1. It’s not really a traffic exchange as there is no real incentive for people to click on a link. I see it more as a form of advertising. I have their ads on my blog and my ad may occasionally appear on theirs.

  4. Never having used flickr myself, I didn’t realize that, at a certain point, your ‘free period’ expires and you have to start to pay…? Strange, I really had no idea.

    Nice pictures, too. Makes me look forward to summer. I’m actually heading out to California for the first time ever in May and I really could not be more excited. I’ll be in the Newport Beach area, so not too far from Santa Monica. I might just have to visit while I’m there :)

    1. Your flickr account will remain free as long as you stick to the following.

      When you have a free Flickr account, you can upload 2 videos and 300MB worth of photos each calendar month.

      This would be ample for most people but when you have 2 photo blogs as well as posting photos on your regular blogs you’ll find that the Pro account is so much better. Actually I think I will update the post to show the difference between the two accounts.

      If you’re in the area Petra I highly recommend a visit to Santa Monica.
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  5. Flicker is ok, but the safest way too make sure you still see your photos online tomorrow is to upload them on your host. I know, the bandwidth is a problem, but i say it’s worth the investment if the price is not astronomical.
    This way they’ll even load faster.

    1. That may be true but I prefer to save my bandwidth, anyway I like the extra features of the Pro account.

  6. I love Flickr. I use it for inspiration a lot of times. If I’m struggling with finding something to write about, I’ll just go and browse through pictures. Some of the pictures are so amazing on there that it immediately sparks ideas in my head.

  7. Flickr is great but i haven’t gone pro. However i still use photobucket and did not experience any problem since 4 years. All my photos are still there.

  8. Damn! Not a good idea reading this post before lunch, them hotdogs look mighty good right about now (drool, drool)

  9. Personally I host all of my pictures with my blog host (maybe not the best solution but at this moment it works good for me). From what you are telling Flickr seems to be a pretty good service for storing photos. Thanks for sharing.

    1. No worries Vlad, sharing is what I do.

  10. While I agree that Yahoo isn’t going to be closing Flickr because it does have a lot of popularity and a way to earn income through the pro memberships, I wouldn’t be fully confident in them. They have, after all, threatened to close Delicious, MyBlogLog, and have closed out Yahoo Buzz. So anything’s possible if they aren’t turning a profit.

    I usually host my website version of a photo on my main site, and I am planning to link to Flickr for the lightbox version of each photo – just haven’t done it yet. That way my site won’t crash just because Flickr disappeared.
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    1. As a member I hardly ever frequent MyBlogLog and I’m sure many others felt as I did so I wouldn’t be surprised if they closed it down.

      As to Flickr it’s huge with what I imagine to be a large paying customer base and that being the case I can’t see them closing it down. Even if they do I’m sure they will give members adequate warning so they can find another solution. There was no warning at all with my previous host which is why there was so much drama.
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  11. Yes Flickr is definitely the premier photo sharing site. It’s a great idea to host images on a 3rd party site instead of using all of your own server’s bandwidth.

    As for Santa Monica, we also visited the area when we were recently in California. I really enjoyed walking along Venice Beach beside the pier. It’s quit an interesting mix of people, mostly all trying to hustle to make a buck.

  12. I’m getting close to the 50,000 inodes limit on my web hosting account, so rather than buy more I’m looking at ways to limit the number of files I host. What a great suggestion! I’m definitely going to look into it – I think it may work for me.

  13. Hello Sire,

    How do you upload the pictures? I know that their uploader is kind of tricky. For example a couple of weeks ago I wanted to up 10 pictures or so. I went to Flickr, to the upload page, selected all then photos, and it took something like less then a minute for the bar to fill up to 99% then it froze.

    I didn’t knew what the hell was with that and I just left it like that for something like 30 minutes, after which it confirmed that my pictures was uploaded.

    Do you use their web uploader too?
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    1. I just use their normal uploader. I’ve uploaded more than ten at a time without a hitch. Perhaps when you tried they had a problem with their server. I’ve tried it on a few computers using different browsers and have never had a problem.

  14. Flickr has also a great possibility to share photos with your friends on Facebook because you can connect your Flickr and Facebook accounts, and every time you upload a public photo or video, your Facebook account will be automatically updated as well..Just be sure that the photos you want to share are not in the private category ;)

    1. I didn’t know that Johannis, thanks so much for that, I will certainly look into how that is done.

  15. Interesting point about stability of flickr. But i think your suggestion to use flickr for ALL images is not right, because flicker has copyright restriction which is a big no no. If for example you have sources a royalty free stock image, or even licensed a photo from another photographer, you still cannot use it on flickr because it forces you to release the image under flickr CC license. (They have rules that most Flickr images can be used anywhere as long as you link to the author). So you might find when your site eventually grows you will have to move to hosted images anyway. Just be careful and consider copyright restrictions. I think flickr is best for uploading your BEST images, to build social following.

    1. Hey Josh, when I’m referring to ‘all’ I’m referring to my photos. Why would I want to upload another person’s photos? All the people that I follow moon Flickr only upload their own photos.

      You are right though and I thank you for bringing it to my readers attention.

  16. What I really like in stocking your photos on Flickr is that it has higher chances of getting aggregated by Google on image search, which is really good for universal search branding. I used to share my photos on deviantart, but I realized that flickr has a more wider audience.

  17. I am more of a Tumblr fan when it comes to sharing images, it just seems easier and more convenient AND you can share any images, even if they are not yours (citing the source, of course). But i remember when i first started using Tumblr, i thought i would never get accustomed to it. Perhaps it is the same with Flickr.
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    1. I thought Tumblr was a blogging platform?

  18. I’ve always used my own hosting account for photos and such. Now that you have brought it up, I will look into using flickr. Maybe it will save me some money. Food for thought.
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  19. I agree that flickr is great but I would be real happy if there could be better mobil services og apps – still thing its to slow and difficult on my cellphone.

    1. That’s too bad, I know many people access the net using their phones, I’m not one of them so I wouldn’t know how it works on them.

  20. Hi Sire,
    Pictures are nice and It is also a very amazing introduction of Flickr. As I am using Picassa and satisfied with it but i will love to read a comparison of these two services. One from Yahoo and other from Google.

    1. I’ve just had a quick look at picassa and it seems that you have to download some free software for it to work. This isn’t necessary with Flickr.

  21. I don’t have a Flicker account, but I think its features are great. I have been accustomed to sharing photos through Facebook for years now and so are my friends. Although, I have quite a number of contacts in Yahoo, they still prefer to share photos through Facebook. Nonetheless, I guess Flicker is better.

    1. The problem I have with FaceBook is that I haven’t worked out, if it’s even possible, how to embed a photo on my blogs. Flickr makes it very easy.

  22. I like Flickr but when Google launched Picasa, I switched. One reason is that Picasa features a good desktop apps to organize pictures.

    1. If I ever get sick of Flickr I’ll be sure to give Picasso a go.

  23. It is wise to use flickr like photo sharing websites to show images on website.These helps in keeping the bandwidth usage of your site low and help to built a community that likes your pics on their websites.
    I always use my flickr account whenever I have to show more than 3 images on a single post.
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  24. Do you find that Flickr actually generates traffic to your site, or do people tend to stay on flickr once they are on there and not leave through links. I have an account which I setup a while back but haven’t been on there for over a year as I completely forgot about it until now.
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    1. Actually khaled I must say I’ve never noticed any traffic coming from flickr. I’m sure though if my photos were more popular it would be a very different story.

  25. Surely, that’s a very disappointing experience on your part. Working on all of your blog again just to have a very nice photo for every post you have ate up much of your time. I totally agree with you on how reliable flickr is… Actually, I’ve seen bloggers who depends on flickr since then.

  26. I have been using Flickr’s premium account for personal photos storage for the past few months and I guess it’s doing well. I hope I won’t encounter problems soon though, nice photos by the way, your fault that I need to get my hands on Frankfurters and Coke (LOL.just kidding). Nice article!

  27. I agree totally.. I love Flick. I think it a great resource for all and very easy to use. However the biggest reason to use Flick for me at least, is that its not Google.. I sometimes worry about one player becoming too dominant in our daily online activities and believe we should all be giving other competitors some of our attention

  28. I feel for you. I’ve lost images online due to hosts closing up shop as well. For that reason I simply host my own pictures. But maybe I’ll give flickr a shot. They seem to be big enough that there is no worries that they’ll close up shop over night.
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    1. Hey John, I host any small images but I upload all large ones to Flickr. Besides, like any blogger I love it when on those rare occasions someone from flickr comments on on of my photos.
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  29. I used to use Flickr to host all the images for my blogs and then they changed some stuff there and all my links broke. I decided there and then that I wouldn’t use Flickr again – particularly as well, at the time, they were showing a blue outline round each image and as I was mostly posting my artwork, that ruined it for me. However, I am thinking of posting some via Flickr again in a bit, so thanks for this post – it’s a reminder!

    1. Hey Val, I’m sorry you had to go through that. Luckily I’ve never had a problem with them, I certainly never saw a blue outline around any of the photos. So you’re an artist? I’ve done a bit of painting but never really considered myself an artist.
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      1. Yep, have put the address in the website field, have a look. Info on the ‘about’ page there. Have you any paintings in your Flickr? (It’s night time here, bit too late for me to look right now. Must be about lunchtime where you are?)

        1. Hey Val. I’ve set the blog so it shows Adelaide time so whatever time it says next to your comment should be close to my time.

          As to your art, you are way out of my league. I like Abalone and Her Nature the best. You can see some of my paintings on this post.
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          1. You’ve got a great sense of colour which is something that’s essential in painting. Your self-portrait could do with a bit more life in it so if you do another – maybe less stare and straight neck and more… I dunno quite how you’d give it more movement, maybe add some other imagery to it? Love the devil one – reminds me of characters called ‘hattifatteners’ from a childhood story book! (You can google that if you like, I’ve tried before to find a decent illustration of them but failed, they all look pretty anaemic!)

            Ah – the time in the comment, yes, I see. :) My blog went a bit haywire a while back and refused to show the correct date let alone the right time!

            Oh and a grin at what post you’ve linked to just now… is that a hint for me to stop moderating my comments? I bet it is! I’m just re-writing my comment policy and my reason for moderating (which has nothing at all to do with spam – not one iota) so this is timely…

            Tell me, if you visit someone and their front door is locked, do you ring the doorbell and wait for them to open it for you or do you just go away ‘cos the door’s locked? I regard moderation like a blog equivalent of a doorbell. If people are so impatient that they can’t wait for me to answer the door… well.

            1. Not quite the analogy I would use Val because I’d only have to wait a few minutes for the door to be opened whereas with a blog it could take days. Most of the time I never know of it has been accepted because I never get notified of the fact. :downer_ee:

              As to the link, nope it just happened to be the one I chose :cheese1_ee:

              I don’t think I will be painting anymore as I’ve put that phase behind me, but I do thank you for your tips :thumbup_tb:

  30. Hi,
    I use Flickr for one of my blogs to host only big photos file and for sure is the biggest photo sharing community on the web,my question is? what is in your opinion the best alternative to flick? and how do you feel smugmug.com

  31. Sorry for digging this old post up. But I found something interesting here and I think someone has a progenitor all of a sudden. I wonder why Flickr suddenly vanished from everyone’s photo sharing lists, though they do have almost the same concept with Pinterest, the latter is still getting more than enough traffic and members everyday! The design and features will really define your success nowadays.

    1. Flickr hasn’t vanished. It’s still going strong.

  32. Just what are some alternatives to Flickr? By the way the photos were great!

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