Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Danger of Bad Blogging Advice

Bad advice is a blogger or webmaster's worst enemy! I still can't believe how many people out there understand so little about the ways things work in the digital world. Someone tweeted a link today to an article entitled "The Danger of Using Photo Images and What it Will Cost You - LogAllot -Blog Ideas & Advice for Beginners" - the piece could give false comfort. My advice: use your own photographs. Create your own images. Make drawings, do collages. Be original as much as possible, and if you do need to use an image, ask for permission or give credit if the blog or website displays a Creative Commons badge (click through and read the terms for that particular site.)

Sure, thou shalt not steal content. Great. But overlooks some essential information. And if you want to see what happens to REAL PEOPLE - read the "comments" folks left for the author of the article!

Another site has some equally perplexing advice: "Use Infographics To Boost Your Credibility And Traffic" WHAT? Obviously, "Posner Lehner Group" hasn't heard of Google's Matt Cutts!

But I digress:

Two very important points:

(1) Getty Images will claim copyrights to anything. They will steal YOUR original material and then file suit against you. They do it all the time: like many women who are sexually abused are ashamed to report it, many victims of Getty are led to believe they did something wrong: "And a surprising number of blog comments offered what could best be described as the rape apologist defence: by placing his images on a social network Morel was "asking for it", and as such deserves little sympathy."

(2) You can be a "content thief" and "copyright violator" without having done either! It happened to me!

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