I typically like to remain positive and not discuss things that bother me since it just perpetuates the feeling, but this is something that I know many other bloggers deal with so here it goes…
Yesterday it came to my attention that a pretty well-known website had shared my Ron Swanson inspired cupcakes. I was so flattered and excited to see what kind of traffic that would bring over to my blog, until I realized they had not provided a link or even text crediting me for my work. Over six thousand likes and over nine hundred shares and I received ZERO credit.
When I posted about it on Instagram, someone told me they had seen the photo THREE other places before finding it on my page! When I looked into the sites that had been sharing it I saw that’s just how they operate. They snag content and photos from other sites, blogs, and individuals and then regurgitate them on their own page. I left a polite comment asking them to add a link back to the original post, but one site deleted my comment and another has just chosen to ignore it.
So what can I do?
I’ve talked to other bloggers and photographers about this issue and they recommend watermarking your photo in a spot that cannot just be cropped off. It’s going to be a huge pain in my arse to go back through EVERY photo and watermark them, but it seems there’s no way around it.
Like many other bloggers I also have a site policy that outlines what you can and cannot share and mine was blatantly ignored when they took a photo from my blog. It all sounds very petty, but sitting back and biting my tongue while unoriginal internet trolls scam everyone else’s work, is not something I can do.
Be mindful of the Facebook pages and websites that repost photos of models, tattoos, food, etc.. and don’t provide an original link to the source. They’re making money from your clicks, likes, and shares for work they didn’t do. Would you support someone that gets a promotion at work for a project YOU did? The concept isn’t any different just because it’s the internet.
At the end of the day my focus is not on the number of visitors, fans, or comments, but rather the quality and originality of my content… something that those pages wouldn’t know if it kicked them in the throat.
P.S. I would like to be the one that does said kicking! 😉
I hope you all are having a wonderful week and a huge thank you to each and every one of you that supports and encourages me!