7 Tips for Better Flickr Traffic

Since I first discovered the analytics features in Flickr, I have been obsessed with my stats. I just can’t help myself. Stats and analytics fascinate me. (Note: Stats are only available to Flickr Pro users.)

Here are a couple of observations regarding Flickr’s chocolaty goodness:

  1. Post consistently. My stats hovered around a depressingly low number for many months. The key to getting more views on photos was to actually upload photos more consistently. Sounds obvious, but the reality is that people in a social community tend to interact more with people who are contributing consistently.
  2. Give the people what they want. If you know what photos get the most traffic, that means there’s an audience for your work. If people like your dog photos and label them as “favorite” then keep posting your dog photos.
  3. Share timely events. My stats skyrocketed recently when I uploaded 388 photos in one batch. (Thank you Flickr Uploader!). I attended the Long Beach Comicon 2009 and uploaded my pictures within two days of the con. My average views went from 500 a day to over 5,000 per day. That’s a HUGE increase in traffic. Not all of it is sustained, but I have definitely increased my daily views significantly.
  4. Include links to your other sites. The traffic from Flickr to my personal website BuddyScalera.com is increasing. The more people look at my Flickr photos the more they go check out my webpage. I saw a pretty nice jump when I uploaded that batch I just mentioned. Flickr users tend to check out my photo reference books, which is good.
  5. Join groups & create groups. I belong to dozens of informal Flickr groups. Plus, I’ve created two Flickr groups, which has increased my overall photo traffic. Since I have particular photography interests, it makes sense for me to contribute to certain groups. But some of my interests didn’t already have a group, so I created Long Beach Comicon – Official Flickr Group and Comic Book Creators & Pros. One complaint: they don’t give administrators much access to group analytics, beyond giving a list of members.
  6. Participate. People are sharing their photos online because they want the world to see their pictures. Give people feedback on their photos. If you share a comment, people will want to see your photos, which will increase your base of viewers.
  7. Contact ’em. There’s a “friending” feature on Flickr called “Contact.” Basically, it’s like friending someone on Facebook, except you get a feed of new photos that is being uploaded by your contacts. If you like someone’s work, you can check out their work in thumbnails as they upload the images. And unlike Facebook, people on Flickr are uploading photos, so you don’t have to wade through dozens of throw-a-sheep and super-poke invitations.

More on Flickr in the future. In the mean time, check out 10 Tips to Boost your Flickr Profile. Very good article about increasing Flickr traffic.

  • Ecris

    I just read your post and some info. on Flickr’s website about visitors statistics. Correct me if I am wrong. The only information a Flickr account holder can get about his account are related to referrers and # of visitors, right?

    Is there any third party engine that gives more than that? I meant: IP location, time spent on the account by the visitor, etc.

    Please, reply me when you have time.THANKS

  • That is correct. The Flickr Pro Account gives you the basic stats on your traffic in aggregate and down to the photo level.

    But, yeah, the referrers and visitors are all they really give you. That’s pretty frustrating, considering the fact that they probably know a lot about how people are interacting with your photos. And I’ve already paid for a pro account, so I keep hoping they will give me something more in those stats.

    By the way, I am able to see the amount of traffic I get back to my website, based on the traffic from Flickr. Ironically enough, I have my personal site tagged with Google Analytics. http://wordspicturesweb.com/?p=1670

    There’s a lot of room for improvement in Flickr’s paid stats.

    Buddy

  • Ecris

    Thank you very much for the reply.
    Yeah, it is frustrating. I thought about the same thing on other social network sites, for ex., Twitter.
    It is not possible to know who visits my page (in same case the followers leave a track…), specially those who read the updates but do not login. 
    The fact is: in some way, the account does not belong only to us. That is the idea I have. One can do whatever he/she wants on his/her website, but on that pages (Flickr and Twitter) things are different.
    Anyway, thanks again, Buddy.

  • Since we’re talking about it anyway, do you want to share a link to your Flickr account?

    Here’s mine:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/buddyscalera/

    Maybe it will drive a few additional clicks to your photostream.

    And thanks for commenting on my blog. I appreciate it.