Giving credit from bought photos...

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So some of the stock photo sites like istockphoto have some images that say you should give credit to the creator via text. Does that hurt my seo? Say I bought an image to use on a guest blog and have a link from the photo back to my site, I also have to have a link back to their istockphoto profile (or whichever they provide), or just type it as text in the alt tag, etc.?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    If I paid for an image there's no way they're getting a link or any text mentioning the image source. Read their TOS but I would look for another image source If credit is part of the price. If the image was free then link credit would make sense.
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    • Profile picture of the author chagler
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      If I paid for an image there's no way they're getting a link or any text mentioning the image source. Read their TOS but I would look for another image source If credit is part of the price. If the image was free then link credit would make sense.
      That's what I was thinking. Right after download it says please give credit by text to John Doe at -link here-. Their TOS says "We recommend" giving credit. The way I see it I bought the rights. It's for a blog post not commercial redistribution.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by chagler View Post

        Their TOS says "We recommend" giving credit.
        A recommendation isn't a requirement so looks like credit for their paid images is optional. You could always contact them If needed.
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      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      If I paid for an image there's no way they're getting a link or any text mentioning the image source. Read their TOS but I would look for another image source If credit is part of the price. If the image was free then link credit would make sense.
      Agree with you. This is just like paying TWICE... Are you sure it's required for people that do NOT pay for this photo?
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  • Profile picture of the author quadagon
    Just use a no follow if you are worried about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacobhagberg
    1) You should generally reference the source of an image.
    2) If you purchased the image this generally means that you don't need to reference or link back to the source (however some of the TOS of different image providers may vary)
    3) Tip: Sometimes graphic artists re-use images. Drag and drop your final work into google images and it will automatically scan for similar versions. This is like the equivalent of copyscape for article writers.
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  • Giving credit of Image owners is good things and it wont harm you. Just no follow such links if comes in you way. Do some edit if you find you don`t want to credit someone as many designers/developers follow this thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author quadagon
      Originally Posted by justicejr View Post

      If you buy photo from photo stock site that mean you are owner picture too. You don't give credit.
      No it doesn't. It means you have permission to use the image in accordance with the TOS.
      Ownership and copyright remain with the artist or whom they've nominated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Blaine Smitley
    I wouldn't give them anything. You paid to use it. Istock is about the most expensive of all of the photo sites.

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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by quadagon View Post

      Just use a no follow if you are worried about it.
      Nofollow doesn't help. You are still bleeding out PR through a link. They just don't get credit for it. Worthless suggestion.

      I don't blame them for begging for links, but as you pointed out in the TOS, it is just a suggestion. The only way I would consider giving credit is if it was an amazing photograph and the content was about what is in the photograph. Other than that, nope.
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      • Profile picture of the author quadagon
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        Nofollow doesn't help. You are still bleeding out PR through a link. They just don't get credit for it. Worthless suggestion.

        I don't blame them for begging for links, but as you pointed out in the TOS, it is just a suggestion. The only way I would consider giving credit is if it was an amazing photograph and the content was about what is in the photograph. Other than that, nope.
        Matt Cutts (perhaps you've heard of him) disagrees with you:

        "In google, no follow links does not pass page rank"
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        • Profile picture of the author deezn
          Originally Posted by quadagon View Post

          Matt Cutts (perhaps you've heard of him) disagrees with you:

          "In google, no follow links does not pass page rank"
          Never heard of the guy.

          But that's his point. Your page loses PR, but it doesn't pass to the recipient. It's just gone. Poof. So if you have any internal links, they lose the benefit of that PR that is now gone.
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
            Get a different image. There is no reason you need to buy an image from a stock photo place that tells you that "you must" give a link. The internet is awash with images that you can use without giving any link or crediting the photo site at all.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
          Originally Posted by quadagon View Post

          Matt Cutts (perhaps you've heard of him) disagrees with you:

          "In google, no follow links does not pass page rank"
          Or more a point, that you misunderstood Matt Cutts.

          Saying they do not "PASS" PageRank, is not saying they do not "CONSUME" PageRank.

          I give footer links 50% of the time to foto sites, and 50% of the time to image authors. Mix it up a little, treated the same as any OBL cloaking.
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  • Profile picture of the author chaotic squid
    First of all, don't use istockphoto. Much better alternatives out there such as Dollar Photo Club

    Second, if you paid for it you shouldn't have to give credit back. Sure you can, and the author would probably really appreciate it, but required? That's non-sense!

    If any stock photo site requires you to give author credit for paid photos, run far away!
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