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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Image Featured on a WordPress Blog

My Voivodeships of Poland (↗) thematic map image is featured prominently on the Teaching Fountain WordPress blog (↗). Since I include the GeoFact of the Day name and URL address on practically every image on my blog website, I do not mind if my images and photos are shared elsewhere because this could ultimately help bring more blog visitors here!

Nevertheless, there is a reason why images on many websites have watermarks, logos, and URL addresses on them. If you are considering the option of starting your own blog or website (or already have one), this is a good tip because your image content might be used in other places in the interwebs.

I found many instances in which GeoFact of the Day images were uploaded to particular image database websites. These potentially scammy websites are created solely for the purpose of what I would call "image harvesting." These sites collect a bunch of images across the web on particular topics, so then an online searcher on Bing, DuckDuckGo, Google, Yahoo, etc. might access that page when trying to search for info about a topic. Visitors to these websites help increase their pageview counts, which is beneficial for online-advertising purposes. They essentially benefit from other people's content to "earn" ad money.

Thankfully, though, many of these websites include an attribution to give credit to an image's original source, but this does not always happen. Therefore, a logo and URL address on every image you create and produce is ideal — so you can claim this content is indeed yours. As always, thank you so much for visiting the GeoFact of the Day Blog today!

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