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Using Creative Commons to Gain Links, Improve SEO

Using Creative Commons to Gain Links, Improve SEO

CC-BYMany people, myself included, use Creative Commons Licenses to enable and encourage others to share their work. Whether it’s hoping that others will republish blog posts, use their photographs in a site design or remix their music into something new, Creative Commons is a great way for creators to give their work a new life or a new audience.

But with those idealistic reasons come some more practical, real-world benefits. Creative Commons works, when used online, typically come with links. Those links can provide a great benefit both in terms of direct traffic and search engine optimization (SEO) benefit.

In recent years, these tangible benefits have been spending more and more time in the spotlight as companies have tried to exploit Creative Commons Licenses for their own gain. While often this is done within the spirit of the Creative Commons License, some have pushed the boundaries of comfort and even what is allowed/required within the license itself.

All of this begs the question: How useful is Creative Commons for linkbuilding and SEO? Furthermore, what are the boundaries legally and ethically Continue Reading

Creative Commons Launches Version 4.0 of Its Licenses

Creative Commons Launches Version 4.0 of Its Licenses

The Creative Commons Organization has launched the fourth version of its popular licenses, here’s a look at what’s new!Continue Reading

3 Count: Girls-less

3 Count: Girls-less

GoldieBlox removes Beastie Boys’ song from its ad, Robin Thicke hit with another countersuit and Creative Commons introduced version 4 of its license.Continue Reading

3 Count: Skip to My Loo

3 Count: Skip to My Loo

Appeals court rules on legal filings case, UK research publisher waives copyright in data and Portland sues company over public toilets.Continue Reading

How to Find Creative Commons Images By Color

How to Find Creative Commons Images By Color

TinEye offers a powerful way to search for freely-licensed images by color, but an issue may keep it from being the system every designer dreams of.Continue Reading

Hands on with Bing’s Licensed Image Search

Hands on with Bing’s Licensed Image Search

Bing has introduced a new tool to help you locate images for reuse through Creative Commons, but does it work as well as advertised?Continue Reading

3 Count: 8 Mile Response

3 Count: 8 Mile Response

German court rules pornography can’t be copyrighted, Facebook responds to Eminem’s lawsuit and Bing introduces CC image search.Continue Reading

The Problem with False Creative Commons Licenses

The Problem with False Creative Commons Licenses

A HubSpot blogger faces legal threats after a Creative Commons-licensed image she used turned out to be infringing. Here’s how to reduce the threat.Continue Reading

5 Simple Rules for Reusing Online Content

5 Simple Rules for Reusing Online Content

With so much content available for reuse, it’s important to not just talk about the legalities of reusing content, but the best practices as well.Continue Reading

Why I Support Creative Commons Licenses

Why I Support Creative Commons Licenses

Being a pro-copyright guy, my love and use of Creative Commons can seem odd. But to me, Creative Commons is about choice and choice is good.Continue Reading