Friday, December 12, 2008

Microstock Recorder

I created a program for recording MicroStock. The term "Microstock" refers to images created by graphic designers licensed for use in blog posts and what not. I encourage bloggers to use MicroStock. MicroStock lets you add fun images to posts while giving some cash to graphic designers.

Good netiquette demands that you credit artists for their work.

I included a stock photo in a snide little post called "Reason's Greetings" with a Christmas scene photo. Realizing that the artist may not share my opinions and would dislike having my page show up in a google search for his name, I decided that a better way to credit the designer would be to create a separate page with microstock credits. This page has links to the designer's microstock page, and a link back to my project.

On the SE0 side of things, good netiquette happens to make an inbound link back to my blog post.

I designed this Microstock crediting program for my own use. I decided to make the program open to the public at large. I invite anyone using MicroStock in blog posts to use this program. It is simple: You enter basic info about the picture and your project. That info creates a page. To credit the graphic designer, you simply add a link to the credit page. As there is a link back to your page, this process is beneficial to both you and the graphic designer.

NOTE, the program is intended to credit designers for their work. I will delete entries of people who fill up my database with spam.

If you happen to be a photgrapher or graphic designer, Scott Maxwell created the following graphic to explain the overall MicroStock process. (Clicking the image brings you to the "Microstock Credit Page," which links back here.)
crowd sourcing dollar

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