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Why I Stopped Watermarking My Food Photographs

Like most food bloggers, I want to do everything I can to stop thieves from stealing my photography and using it on their own websites. After all, if I take the time shop for ingredients, cook, set up lighting, shoot, and edit my photos, it seems only reasonable that I would get to enjoy the sole benefit of their use on the internet, without worrying about some unscrupulous jerk stealing the pictures and posting them all over the place.

Like many food bloggers, I have been watermarking my photos with a small, unobtrusive text link that mentioned my website’s name, rendered at about 30% opacity so as not to detract from the beauty and composition of the photograph. I’ve been doing that for about two years, and I’m going to stop. Here are my reasons why:

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What Restaurants Should Understand About Review Sites

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Yelp. TripAdvisor. Google Local. Restaurants and food business are receiving online reviews, both positive and negative, from customers every single day. Often, these reviews are some of the first search results that pop up when a new customer begins … [Continue reading]

Interviewed: Allison Day of Fridgg.com

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If you've spent any time submitting your gorgeous food photos to the various so-called "food porn" sites, you may have noticed that there are just a couple of big players, and then a ton of copycats, very few of whom actually improve upon the … [Continue reading]

Do Foodgawker and Tastespotting Still Matter?

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As we've discussed previously in these pages, Foodgawker and Tastespotting (and indeed, all of the so-called "food porn" sites) seem to be at a real crossroads. During their heyday, an approved submission to Foodgawker or Tastespotting would add … [Continue reading]

6 Ways to Increase User Engagement on Pinterest

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There's no doubt about it: Over the last year, Pinterest has exploded into the top referrer of traffic to many food blogs, replacing even Google and the so-called "food porn" sites as many people's primary source of traffic. It's more important than … [Continue reading]