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[TRICK] Get FREE iStockPhotos

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO Tools' started by mudbutt, Jul 16, 2011.

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  1. mudbutt

    mudbutt Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Not sure how known this is but if you're in need of stock images (and don't want to spend $$$) just go into google and search:

    istock keyword

    For example, if my clients is a plumber and I need to get some plumber photos, I would search up : istock plumber

    and woila. Some of the images will have the watermark but lots of them won't. Change the filename and don't get caught!

    ~Mudbutt
     
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  2. Triplesindwinder

    Triplesindwinder Newbie

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    Good trick, thanks for sharing.

    I was wondering if there's a way for them to find out if you grabbed the photo though, by identifying the person/ place in the image? I know of the web based tool at tineye but it find you by filename.

    One way I get around having any other footprints is using the Snagit tool- it'll cut out the photo without a footprint, then you can change the picture size and format of the photo.
     
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  3. Ridicule

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    thank you for sharing this!
     
  4. IamTURK

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    it doesnt worked for me sorry. but thanks.
     
  5. martyt3

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    great for slideshow videos
    Thanks
     
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    This doesn't work to good bro?
     
  7. mudbutt

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    What are you guys doing? Ill try to see if i can help. Ive been doing this for over 100 clients from every profession imaginable.
     
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    what happens when the lawyers come knocking at your door?
     
  9. the_demon

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    @Forlearnx: OP is screwed if he/she gets caught and using this for clients work is straight unprofessional.

    I just buy the photo license for $1/img it's really not that expensive and if your running a professional business like I am you can't really afford to take those risks.

    ... If your going to use OPs method I would hope you strip the digital signatures... ie. optimize the images paste them in paint, resave, etc... Use method at your own risk.
     
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  10. mudbutt

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    1$ an image? I have a huge cache of stock photos ive purchased but since learning this trick have saved thousands. Some of these images run in the hundreds EACH. No, this trick isnt "legal" but to imply that my business is any less "professional" is ignorant.
     
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  11. zonfar

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    do you mean you search images in google? or just a straight google search?
     
  12. forlearnx

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    @the_demon I wouldn't use this method in my business either. I have a subscription to download 25 images per day whenever I need.

    And for anyone who is thinking about it take a look at this:

    PHP:
    http://blog.webcopyplus.com/2011/02/14/legal-lesson-learned-copywriter-pays-4000-for-10-photo/
    Hey, but if you have anonymous offshore hosting.... no problems.
     
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  13. neo

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    Using stolen images for your own site and for client's site are different. If you get DCMA while using on your own domain, you can pull the site down.

    But if you use on client's site and if Client realize that you were using stolen images your reputation is at stake. If you put the client at risk of legal battle, that is not good. But it is up to you, how you do your business.
     
  14. gts6

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    there are so many FREE sources of images that dont require having to pay for rights. why bother taking a risk with istockphoto? easier to just get from one of those than risk getting a lawsuit
     
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    It worked for me. Very interesting. =)
     
  16. nightshade787

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    The images are not directly from istock. All photos from istock itself are watermarked.

    But some people buy istock stuff and put them straightaway on their sites. With the file name like istock_plumbing_300x200.png or whatever. You'll get those images by using this method.

    It's a good way to find images for blogs, feeder sites etc. But I'd stay away from using for client work.

    Note to self: After buying stock photos, never upload with the default name. :)
     
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  17. yahhtrick

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    ive been doing this for a while. works great. Nice share
     
  18. jason2009

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    Nice share again.I got a good image for web design pics.
     
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    Personally if you have clients who are not paying pennies then do the right thing and get the licensed images.

    If you have a copyright enjunction against you or law suit then it will cost you a few clients in compensation.

    Sorry but its not worth the risk and i'm pretty sure that most people do not need images over 1000 pixels.

    Not saying that this thread is useless because its not!, But if your a reputable seller or marketer then buy the license.
     
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  20. WizGizmo

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    Yes . . . Those images are free UNTIL iStock calls
    you out for it and demands to see the licensing rights,
    and if you can't produce the rights, you can be sued.

    NOTE: It doesn't always happen, but the possibility exists.
    They have been known to sue in the past.

    The risk is up to you.

    "Wiz"
     
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