Roundups are posts that allow you to put together a list, whether it’s great recipes, tutorials, or even showcasing people or websites. However, there’s some things people don’t know when they first step into writing a roundup article. Usually it deals with images taken from other websites.
Hopefully this article will help you understand and handle images in roundups you write in the future.
How to Handle Images in Roundups
Regardless of the topic you choose for your roundup, you may wish to add an image for each of the items that you feature. The problem is, you can’t always just take the images. Some of those images may be purchased stock photos with a usage license that prevents you from freely using that image on your own website.
Other images could possibly be created by the blog or website owner (or whomever they hired), that they prefer to remain exclusive to only their own website.
You need to ask those blog or website owners for permission to use those images. When you do ask, make sure to let them know who you are, what your website is, and where you want to use the images. As a side note, before contacting the website owner, you may also want to look around the website to see if there may be a page for a image usage policy.
It is essential to ask for permission or there could be dire consequences. Some may send a takedown notice, and inform you of the consequences of continuing to use their images without permission. It could result in your website being de-listed by Google, your website hosting terminated or suspended until the issue is fixed, and/ or you being fined.
What happens if you don’t get permission to use the images?
Well, then you don’t use the images. You may need to go without using that website in your roundup, or at the least, doing without the image.
What happens if you do get permission to use the image?
If you’ve gotten permission to use the image for your roundup, from another website, then you need to know if the website owner has any requirements, like mentioning their name or website, or if they may need to send you a watermarked image. If the image is not watermarked, then you may need to add a disclaimer after the image or at the end of the post with credits to the image.
If the website owner says that image is a stock image that they bought, you may need to ask them where they bought the image because you will need to buy the image. That stock image, in most cases for individual or bootstrapping bloggers (bloggers who are usually new and can’t spend a lot of money), are purchased as an individual use license.
That means that the license is only to be used by them, so you won’t be covered. If you use the image, and the original artist questions your license, you will have to produce proof that you have a license.