Image leeching and how to avoid it
What is image leeching?
When you copy an image URL from another website (such as IGN, for example) and paste it on your blog here as an image, you're leeching. It's also known as hotlinking, direct linking, bandwidth theft, etc.
Why is it bad?
First and foremost, you're using another website's bandwidth and that makes you look like a jerk. On top of that, you make ScrewAttack look bad by association.
Second, if the website that's hosting the image decides to stop hosting it, well that's it, your blog is now ruined because the picture is gone.
Finally, some websites prevent hotlinking by replacing it with another image. Usually it says something along the lines of "Stop stealing our bandwidth," so now no one can see the image you wanted to use and everyone can see that you decided to be a big ol' jerk and leech images. Great job.
How do I avoid leeching images?
Very simple. Re-host it. All you need to do is either save the image to your computer or copy the URLs of the images you want to use.
- Go to imgur.com
- (Optional) Register an account if you want to keep track of your pictures
- Click "Web"
- Paste the URLs of the images
- Click "Upload"
Alternatively, if you saved the image to your computer, click "Computer" instead. If you want to upload several images at the same time, hold Alt and click the images you want to upload.
So now I can use this picture of Iwata holding a bunch of bananas without leeching it from another website.
Awesome. Now use this knowledge to help make ScrewAttack a better place!
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I appreciate your input Revulsive.
Thank you Revulsive you've stopped my partial worrying about the images that I use as I obsessively save them for weeks before I use them
Those are something I don't like about Photobucket myself. I just never knew about any other image sharing website.
Stopping leeching with bananas. Smart.
I don't like Photobucket because of the upload restrictions and bandwidth limits.
Thanks for the information, REVULSIVE.
I use Photo bucket. >_>
Gimp is actually a fairly good substitute for photoshop
Yes, let me save the image and then be unable to edit it because I don't have a worthwhile editor like Photoshop.
I've seen so many blogs and posts ruined by hotlinking. I don't think too many people understand bandwidth and what it truly means to website. I've been going to school for the past couple of years to learn about network server administration and bandwidth issues can be a gigagantic kick to the balls. Please follow REVULSIVE's tips, and make life easier for all of us.
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Iwata holding bananas is relevant to my interests.
G1 Revulsive: Making the world a better place.
Stuff you learn when you use it allot ^_^
Ah, I forgot about that feature. Didn't know about the screencaps though, that's cool.
With imgur, you can also just drag and drop pictures that are on your pc onto it. You can also paste screencaps saved in your pc's clipboard directly into it now.
Yeah! Moar bananas!
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Apparently I've been guilty of this for years and I've never had a problem with it. Though for ScrewAttack blogs I've had to use both imgur and photobucket as well as my own computer images because of how they are setup.
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