How to attribute Creative Commons photos – A guide for Bloggers infographic

by Ron on January 18, 2013

I make use of a lot of Creative Commons photos on my blogs. This is a great source for finding relevant and clever photos to accompany your work, but it’s extremely important that you use proper attribution in your posts so the photographer gets appropriate credit. Also, be sure to check the license to be certain it meets the terms of your usage requirements, and link back to the photographer as well. As the infographic shows, way too many people don’t use proper attribution. Be a good citizen when you share photos and attribute properly.

Lots of good advice in here:

Creative Commons Photos

How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter

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1 Rachel January 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I’m still not clear on what’s considered “non-commercial.” Specifically, is a corporate blog (say the blog on a realtor’s site) considered commercial or non-commercial use? Can you use CC BY images in that context?

2 Ron January 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Yes, you can.

I recommend going to and clicking the For commercial use check box before you search for an image for a corporate blog. I figure it’s best to be safe in those instance. And by the way, always check the license first regardless just to be sure because the search engine isn’t full proof in that regard (although it’s quite good).

Hope that helps.

3 Rachel January 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Great tips. Thank you!

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