The best way to keep tabs on who is linking to your Flickr photo album is through Technorati, the blog-tracking service. But it’s not as straightforward as it could be, so here’s a guide, based almost entirely on that provided by the Technology Evangelist Ed Kohler, for which I offer grateful thanks.
Setting up the Technorati end
Sign up for Technorati if you don’t already have an account.
Go to Technorati’s start claim page, and click on the Blogs tab:
Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Claim a Blog section and paste in your Flickr.com page into the URL box:
Click on the Begin Claim button:
You’ll be taken through a four step process, the next stage of which is to choose your “claim method”. Use the Post Claim method if you’re offered more than one, by clicking on the blue link, as per below:
In the next screen follow the instructions by selecting the prepared code in the light green box:
Setting up the Flickr end
This is where it gets trickier: open a second browser window, go to your Flickr account and choose a recent photo that’s public. Choose the “Edit title, description, and tags” link on the right hand side:
In the description box of the photo delete all existing descriptions (copy them if you like to a text file — you can always paste them back later.)
Copy the code from the Technorati box into the Description field of your Flickr photo, deleting all the stuff that isn’t the link:
(Removing both other descriptions and the HTML code seems to be important. Without it, it might not work.)
Save changes to the photo:
Wrapping it Up
Now go back to the Technorati page you were on before and click on the button “Release the Spiders!” This will instruct Technorati to go look at your Flickr page and look for the code:
When this is complete you should receive a message on the Technorati page saying it’s successfully added your Flickr page to your list of monitored blogs. If it’s unsuccessful, go back to the Flickr image and check
- the photo is public
- you’ve removed all other Description text
- you’ve removed the HTML from the link
and try releasing the spiders again.
Monitoring your Flickr photos
So how do you actually keep tabs on the Technorati page?
Once your Flickr page is “claimed” it should appear on your Technorati page (http://technorati.com/people/technorati/[YOURNAME]). Click on the green Authority button below the link to your Flickr page:
You should see a list of those blogs and websites linking to your photos:
Either bookmark this page, or else subscribe to its RSS feed. Either way, you should now be able to keep tabs on who’s linking to your Flickr photos.