I was reading another blog that showed you how to do a reverse image search on Google. Great for seeing where your pictures are out there in cyber space and to figure out where an image originated. If you don't already know how to do a reverse image search, you need to check out this post by Kevin and Amanda. Let me share what I learned when I searched just ONE of my images.
If you've been following along for a while you might remember this post back in May 2011:
|Soup Can Herb Garden|
Wait! What? No way was that a coincidence! That's MY old house! And MY handwriting! And MY picture! The caption under the photo credits yet another blog. But when I visited that site, they had my original unedited photo with proper link backs clearly written above the photo. Hmmmm....This offending blogger even went on to post instructions on how to make this simple upcycled herb garden. But, guess what? She got it wrong and she clearly didn't make this!
Maybe I'm being a little sensitive, but it was the blog post that I see as the post that gave me my "first big break." I'd been quietly blogging for about five months when I posted this tutorial and almost immediately it was picked up by Apartment Therapy. Big deal for me then, still would be today! It drove more traffic to my site than I'd seen in the five previous months combined. And when Pinterest took off, well, talk about traffic! This one post has generated eight times the traffic of my second most popular post and about 25 times the average post. It continues to be one of my top five most popular posts each and every week...sorry, geeked out for a minute. Did I mention my last job was as a research analyst for an internet technology company? I have a thing for numbers, especially as it relates to web traffic.
Anyway, back to the point of this rant. I don't like to rant. But it really yanks my chain when I think about the hours and sometimes MORE hours (not to mention the money) that I put into my tutorials that someone would steal a picture, photoshop one of the colors and "fake" a tutorial. Of course, this version is all over Pinterest, linking back to her site. Any idea how much traffic I lost?! I do, but I won't bore you with the details. So, breeeeeeeathing deeeeeeeply and moving on. Rant done! Thanks for listening.
Now I'm off to add one of those stupid disclaimers to my sidebar that I never thought I'd have to do! Grrrrr.
Back to regularly scheduled programing tomorrow with another Fast Fix Friday tid bit that I'm so excited to share.