Russell Davies Invents Flickrtising


Marketallica points to Flickr user Russel Davies who's placed a photo of some books on his Flickr page and added notes about the books with a link to Amazon if anyone wants to buy them. Of course, he uses his Amazon affiliate ID number so he makes money if anyone does choose to purchase. Not that anyone wants Flickr overly commercialize but since marketers have taken over MySpace, it makes perfect sense for them to upload images of all their products to Flickr, tag them with notes and add a link to a more detailed product page of to a place where a person could quickly buy the product. Watch it happen. Because you know it will.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 1-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Good, Online, Trends and Culture   

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Hey, I'm no marketing prude, but I would hate to see flickr become another portal for affiliate marketers. It's bad enough that we have to endure Google ads in the margin, but I pay to have my flickr account. Can't we have a little space that isn't ads and someone trying to hustle a buck?

Posted by: Stephen on June 1, 2006 12:46 PM

Business is business :-) And you're reading an advertising weblog, Stephen!

I do not like flikrtising, but it looks better than advertising

Posted by: Neuville on June 1, 2006 2:10 PM

Yeah, a friend of mine did this a few months ago with his luggage tags ( on Flickr. I think it's ok if it's done tastefully. He's gotten some pretty positive feedback.

Posted by: Some girl on June 1, 2006 3:16 PM

Flickr images get good SEO, so I've been doing "flickising" for about a year now. It works well.

Posted by: Eli on June 5, 2006 10:58 AM

Could anyone tell me, whats so horrible about purchasing a book via an affiliate-link?
After all the pictures of the book and the notes about them made someone findout that he/she wants to buy this book.
Where is the harm?

Posted by: Siorac on June 13, 2006 10:20 AM