Super Secret Flickr Link Building Technique

I don’t usually divulge some of the more gray hat techniques I use to get traffic and build links, but I messed up this one and through trial and error it seems to be perfected, so I thought I’d share it. It is based on Collin Lahay’s Link Building With Flickr technique and this one takes the process just on step further getting you links on pages with a PR of 3, 4 and even a few with a PR of 5. Flickr has recently implemented the dreaded “no-follow” tag, but I am still getting links in Google using this technique as show below for one of my blogs:

Flickr Links

If you don’t have a Flickr account it’s easy to sign up for one at Flickr.com. You will actually need a Yahoo account (the same as a Yahoo email address) first and then you sign into Flickr and create your account in about 10 seconds.

The nice thing about Flickr is that it lets you leave comments on other people’s photos and what you may not know, is that you can put some basic html in your comments. That basic html allows you to even place an anchor text link. See how this is getting better?

Now, Collin’s technique in a great one because he shows you how to find Flickr pages that will potentially have hundreds or maybe even thousands of links coming in to them. These links will be from people who found the photo through Digg because it reached the front page and had maybe ten of thousands of visitors, consequently people will link to that photo. Eventually these Flickr pages will rank high and get some good PR because of all the links coming in. You can learn how to find those photos by reading more on Collin’s link build technique.  

But what if you want to find pages at Flickr that have high PR already? After using Collin’s technique I started thinking about that and it hit me like a ton of bricks how simple it would be to do. And it gets even better because these pages may give you a relevancy benefit in the search engines as well. (I don’t know this for sure, it’s just an educated guess) Even if you don’t get a relevancy benefit, at least your comments will be relevant to the picture with what I’m going to show you.

How do you find hi PR photo pages on Flickr? It’s simple, you just use the site: command the www.flickr.com url and a keyword. For example, if you had a site about cats and wanted to find high PR photo pages in Flickr about cats, you just plug this into Google: site:www.flickr.com cat . It’s that easy. Then what you want to look for is a search result that says, “on Flickr – Photo Sharing!” at the end of the title. These are the only results that are individual photos rather than groups of photos, a photographer’s page, discussion groups, etc. You may have to click over to a few of these kind of results before you find one with PR. you do all this while you are logged into your Flickr account and there will be a box at the bottom of all the comments for you to leave yours.

A Word Of Warning

As I said at the beginning, I messed this one up, and yes I did it good. I’ve had 2 Flickr accounts banned because I got a little overzealous and posted a few too many links. I always leave comments relevant to the photo I’ve located, but leaving too many seems to be grounds for banning. No big deal, just go get yourself a new Yahoo ID and a new Flickr account and you are good to go. I now make sure I create a Yahoo ID strictly for a Flickr account and do not use the Yahoo ID for any important email because if it gets banned, Yahoo takes away your ID as well. I also limit my comments to 6 or 7 a day and open a new account after leaving around 40 to 50 comments

I don’t know how much longer this will work, but it still seems to be working even after the “nofollow” tag implementation. I just put up 3 or 4 links today and I’ll report back in a couple of weeks to see if I get a backlink in Google.

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11 Responses to “Super Secret Flickr Link Building Technique”

  1. I have been interested in other ways to build links as of late. This seems like it could help. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alan, that is one wicked cool technique. Even though it falls into the gray area, it still has potential for someone who wants to be sparkly clean and maintain relevancy. Thanks!

  3. Great post! Probably your all time best post. :) good job but like any good thing if its publicized too much, it’ll end real quick.

    In other words, don’t write any $7 ebooks on this please!! :)

  4. Alan,

    How long ago did you put up the links that are showing in Google now? My guess is that they were counted before Yahoo implemented nofollow and that Google will drop them on the next update.

    If the link says nofollow Google is going to ignore it. Plain and simple.

  5. Really great idea! This could work very well for a music fansite that I run… I guess the idea is to just keep it relevant. Do you know if your comments get deleted when your account does? That would be a real pain..

  6. Hey Tom, yes they do delete your links when Flickr deletes your account. It’s a bummer because I had a ton of links coming into a vacation site of mine from lots of PR 4 pages and even some PR 5’s.

  7. You hoser. I’ve invited you at least twice to Flickr so you could see some family and friend photos and you never responded.

    Us Flickr Pro users (read: real users) work hard to keep the community clean of spammers, link-baiters, and the like. Because it’s a community for people who really love photography. Hats off to Yahoo for implementing what you refer to as the “dreaded” no-follow attribute.

    Really great photographers find the community to be such a wonderful thing. The last thing they want is affiliate fiends invading it and cluttering it up with false comments. (no offense).

  8. Lawrence,

    Bwaaaahahaha, and you though I did all this affiliate stuff without venturing into the dark, well, er, gray side. Sorry for not responding but I already have 6 or 7 flickr accounts. Maybe I’ll get a legit one some day.

    Nice photos you have of South Beach by the way. When did you take those? There’s still damage from Hurricane Andrew?

  9. Being a scaredy cat, I’ll probably try Collins and stick there for a bit. I’ll definitely keep this for when I’m more familiar with it tho.


  10. Scared to see that you’ve been banned a couple times….you must do quite a bit. I know I’ve been warned, but they have yet to ban me yet. One thing I make sure to do is to not go out in the community and spam others with actual href tags. I save that sort of spamming toward my own flickr photos that have managed to gain some PR and are getting inbound referals from google image seaches.

  11. Thanks for the share, I knew it before but the digg part is something I have never thought , also the experience of volume of the comments you can safely place is great.

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