What’s Covered in This Article
- What your photo credit should say
- Where to find the name of the photographer
- Where to put your photo credit in your WordPress website
- nofollow links and why you want to add one
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What Your Photo Credit Should Say
My first job out of college was as a magazine editor. Photo credits were a must.
Although many free stock photo sites say something like, ‘Attribution is not required, but appreciated,’ I like to give credit to anyone who has given me something of value for free. Here’s what I recommend:
Photo courtesy of (name of photographer) from (name of stock photo house)
Click here for a list of my favorite free stock photo houses.
Where To Find the Name of the Photographer
- Go to the site where the image is located (such as Pexels, Pixabay, Unsplash, etc.)
- Click on the image
- Look for the following information
- Photo URL
- Photographer’s name
NOTE: Click on the name of the photographer to bring up the page with his/her URL
To save time, copy & paste the photo URL and the photographer’s URL into a simple text document like this:
Where To Put Your Photo Credit
The following instructions are for WordPress
- In the Description field of your photo (see below)
- Optional: At the end of your Post or Page enter “Photo courtesy of (name of photographer) from (name of stock photo house)”
- If required by the photographer or stock photo house: As a caption beneath the photo
Add Photographer Credit As A Caption
Sometimes photographers ask you to add their attribution under the photo. To do this…
- Insert your image into your Post or Page
- Add the photo credit where it says “Write caption…”
- Click Update or Save Draft to save your change
nofollow Links and Why You Want To Add One
If you must give a photographer or a stock photo house a credit by linking to the photographer and/or stock photo house website in your post or page, Google might think you are just trying to get attention and accuse you of spamming.
You can still create a link to the photographer, or photo stock house BUT you will need to tell the Google robots NOT to follow the link.
The solution is to create a nofollow link.
How To Add a nofollow Link in Gutenberg
- In your WordPress Post or Page add your photo
- Under “Write caption…” enter your photo credit as recommended by the stock photo house
- Select the name of the photographer and click on the link icon
- Paste the URL to photographer in the link field
- Click the Link Settings option
- Click “Open in New Tab” box so your visitor does not lose your page
- Click Apply to add the link
- Repeat steps 4-7 if you want to add a second credit for the stock photo house
- Now, open the HTML editor by clicking on the 3 dots on the menu bar
- Choose Edit as HTML
- Add your nofollow link(s) by typing in nofollow as indicated below. Be sure to add a space after “nofollow” and before “noreferrer”.
- Return to your visual editor by clicking on the 3 dots on the menu bar
- Save your changes
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