Integrating the Flickr photo sharing service
with your blog is a wonderful way to easily add photos to your site.
With a little extra effort you can get Flickr to work for you.
Flickr in your blog
When you want to embed a Flickr-hosted photograph into one of your
blog entries, first start by going to the photo’s page in Flickr. Click
on the “All Sizes” button on top (with the magnifying glass icon), and
then pick the size you want for your blog post – small and medium work
well for blog entries.
Underneath the resized picture is a box with Flickr’s coding (you have
to be looking at your own account and be logged in to see this). Simply
cut and paste this into your blog entry and the picture will appear
there. If you want your text to wrap around the picture you’ll want to
add a little coding to what Flickr gives you. Somewhere inside the
“img” text you need to add wrapping instructions. An easy place is
between the text that reads:
height=“180” alt=“whatever it says”
height=“180” align=“left” alt=“whatever it says”
Change left to right to have your photo align that way.
Your blog in Flickr
Many users don’t realize that people sometimes find your Flickr
photos and not your blog. Google indexes Flickr nicely and Flickr’s own
search is popular. In the description of your photos you should add a
link back to your own blog. If you have a blog entry concerning that
actual picture, link directly back to that entry.
You’ll have to hand-write the HTML link for this (sorry, Flickr doesn’t have a link button). It should look something like this:
Description of the photo. For more read, <a href=“http://www.site.com/blogentry”>What I know about Flickr</a>.
Here’s a screen shot of the editing screen for this Flickr entry:
That post about my trip to a legendary South Jersey locale is one of
the most visited pages on my personal blog. A good bit of it comes from
the links in Flickr!
Remember to put a lot of desired keywords into your Flickr title and
all link text. Keywords are those phrases that you think people might
be searching for.