zork - 12:44 pm on Apr 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
1) You are wrong, I do make money from creating images, be it photos of clients' products or web design, and my work gets ripped constantly (probably because they are high quality :P ). I just also understand the times we live in and that my images will be taken and re-used without permission whether I like it or not. I make money from creating the image in the first place, not from selling it over and over. It's a better business model and the credit I get for my work shows from recurring clients and my reputation for quality work, so I don't go crying over people "stealing" it online since I'm creating the images for online use in the first place, heh.
2) Wrong again. I run a large network of websites (in the hundreds) with lots of different traffic sources. Pinterest happens to be a main source of traffic on one particular group of my sites because I pursued it after all the hoopla last year. As for my other sites, no the traffic is definitely not "crap", and my bank account can attest to that. (And for the record, web traffic is something I do for a living.)
3) I don't take getting outranked personally, no. And I don't get upset when I get outranked in general, since I don't base my business model off of SEO. I don't own Google or Bing and I can only sort of control my rankings. I've learned over the years that building an entire business model around SEO is, and has always been, a very poor decision. Anyway, so what, so someone searching for an image gets my image but on someone else's site because that is how it got indexed in the search engine, and there is no credit to me. If it really bothers me that much then I can send out DMCA notices which most websites oblige right away. But all that time is much better spent in other ways, in my experience.
Ya know, it's weird to me that you would make so many assumptions about me without getting to know me first. Hopefully you have a better idea now. I really don't mean to say that people don't have a right to be upset that their work was used without permission, just that our world has changed to a generation of file sharing and you pretty much give up that right as soon as you make a digital version of your image and post it for people to download from your own website. I mean, bottom line, don't do that if you care that much.