Top Image Hosting & Sharing Solutions | Newbies Guide

By Shekhar Sahu on 29 December 2009 6:56 AM

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Free Image Hosting Forever!  Flickr, Picasa, Photo Bucket which one?

Digital Camera's are getting cheaper, despite inflation. The camera, because of smartphones has reached to almost everyone's pocket and enthusiasts are going to buy DSLRs. People love Photography. When the time to share photographs comes, why not to get worldwide exposure in photo blogs and photo sharing sites?

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We are going to talk about the three most popular image hosting solutions. These three are very reputed image solutions and serve the different purposes. We also compare them in the end.

 Usually, people host images on photobucket to use in forums. On drawback I have seen with Photobucket is the bandwidth limit. So I would not prefer it.

2. Picasa
20 MB of image upto 1000 MB upload is allowed in the free picasaweb account. However, you can pay for more space. (People open several accounts which is a violation of terms)
Picasa is more SEO friendly, I will talk about that in my next blog.

 1. Flickr

If you upload an image in your blog, then you must host the same to flickr also and put a back link as the description of your image. Which will definitely help you drive more traffic to your website :) You can upload upto 100 MB per month. If it's not enough you can pay for the PRO account in flickr.
People can also directly comment on the photos selecting any part and tag it. It is visible only when the mouse is hovered over the image. That makes active conversation with your friends.

Well as usual at this site you can see  comparison of search volume index among these sites. It's clearly visible that photobucket had been being searched most in the past three years, now picasaweb is leading the market.


Photo bucket has been one of the most popular services in the previous year but nowadays Flickr and Picasa are dominating in the market. One side where Flickr makes the images more searchable in the top search engines. It's widely used by professional photographers who prefer it for online exhibition instead of regulars. While Picasa is faster and all the images which are uploaded from are directly saved in Picasa.

Picasa and Flickr both have a good uploading client. They provide the additional touch up to the images before publishing. Flickr upload client is not very efficient. Picasa has a very good uploading client which can be used for bulk uploading, scheduled uploading, and nice editing features.
Geotagging -Both Picasa and Flickr allow to geotag the images on the map.
If you want your pictures to appear on Google Earth then visit Upload images up to 2GB and geotag them. Then they will be visible to all Google Earth users :)

This blog will help newbies. I will write my next post for bloggers. So what's your favorite Image Solution? If you have any other, please mention in the comment field.
Shekhar Sahu

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11 comments for this post

I use photobucket for upload photos to be used in the web and besides that, I use flickr to update my blog through my hand phone.

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

I am using imageshack for uploading photos.. Flickr is the decent one but i ll never trust it as it is a yahoo service..

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

I use picasa, have not given fickr and photobucket a try will try it out, thanks for sharing it

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

I use picasa to uplaod images to my blog.
Btw Happy new year to you :).

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

@Fatin Pauzi
That's fine you are already using flickr.

@Rajesh Kanuri
I would suggest you to use Flickr additionally as gallery not for blogs. You can upload images at both!

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

@Shabnam @Ruchi
You should give flickr a try, your images will be highly searched and indexed :)
I have a good news on this day.

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 4:56 PM  

@Web seo
you may like my other post too about seo of images.

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 3:03 AM  

is there anything else then these three?


Posted on January 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

There is flood of image hosting sites. But these three are reliable.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

Check out one of the best image hosts:

Their images will never be deleted, you also can create unlimited private albums.


Posted on November 16, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

Hey, I found a website called Photo hosting which is really fantastic and easy to use with huge set of features.

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

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