If you blog, there is probably going to be a time when you want to share content from other sites on your own blog. Citing a blog post (or photo, or recipe) properly is important, and probably something you’ll need to know at one time or another.
Maybe you want to do a Pinterest round-up, where you showcase a bunch of awesome pins all in one post. Maybe you are writing about a relevant topic, and want to include a few quotes from other bloggers. Or maybe you want to post a recipe, but it’s been posted before in another publication.
This is the internet, and in many ways it’s got a very “Wild West” vibe about it…the rules are still kind of questionable, and we don’t always know who owns what.
I am here to tell you that there are, indeed, rules…and it’s very important that you follow them.
Here are a few general rules of thumb for using others’ work on your own blog:
- It’s never okay to change a photo unless you own the photo or have the licensing rights to it. For example…don’t ever crop out a watermark!
- If you’re quoting another blogger, always include their content in quotes and properly link to the original source.
- If you’re including photos from another site (for example, let’s say you’re creating a Pinterest round-up), be sure to mention the photographer/site the photo is from and then link to that site, too. For example, if you’ve got a “10 Great Soup Recipes from Pinterest” post, make sure that photo of tomato soup links to the original site – and recipe – for that tomato soup!
- If you’re not sure whether or not it’s okay to share something, you can always ask the original author/photographer.
- When in doubt, leave it out. If you need a photo but are worried that the original source might not want you to use it…don’t!
You can find free (or very inexpensive) photos at several website. Here are a few you might want to check out next time you need an image for a blog post:
But what about recipes? What if you are a food blogger, or someone like me, who shares a random recipe every now and then?
This article has just skimmed over some of the dos and don’ts of sharing content on your blog. For in-depth details on how to share content (including social media content!), check out this super detailed article – “How Not to Steal People’s Content on the Web,” from HubSpot.
Do you have any specific questions about this topic? Or a tip you’d like to add?