How to Get Backlinks Through Images and Creative Commons

How do you get backlinks without traditional articles and written content? One way comes down to leveraging Creative Commons images.

Creative Commons involves images that have been licensed. When people use them, they’ll link to your website to indicate the source.

Here are the key points:

  1. Do a Google image search using keywords related to your niche.
  2. Filter by Creative Commons and analyze the images that come up to select the type of images you want to create.
  3. Visit sites like Unsplash, Shutterstock, Getty, Alamy, and others to determine which images are the most popular and have received the most purchases.
  4. Create similar images and license them via Creative Commons. Then, upload them to stock photo websites.
  5. Watch the links roll in.

You can start with just 50-100 images. Only a few of these may truly work. Owners of semi-authoritative websites understand the “numbers game” associated with content – only a handful of posts will rank highly enough and account for a disproportionate amount of your traffic. Then add 5 to 10 images per month.

You can use COPYTRACK and picMatch to detect unmentioned use of the images without proper referral links. You can then contact these websites and request a mention.


The better the websites that link to yours, the higher the quality of the backlink. However, this tactic should not be the only one you rely on to build backlinks.

It can be an add-on, but you should still create valuable posts and do PR activities to generate strong backlinks.

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