The ultimate Explore checklist. It’s Insane!!

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Things to check regarding my account:

  1. Did staff review my account and set it as safe? Check here: https://www.flickr.com/account on the Your Account page / Personal Information tab / Safety Level. If it says anything other than just “safe”, such as “not set”, moderate, restricted or includes NIPSA… you are screwed. That’s because Flickr no longer offers a simple way to get staff to review your account.
  2. Largest shared image size should be set to at least 1024px. https://www.flickr.com/account/prefs/res?from=privacy
  3. Am I hiding my images from search? https://www.flickr.com/account/prefs/optout/?from=privacy (The “Hide your photos from site-wide searches on flickr.com?” box must be unchecked)

Things I must ensure about the file before it is uploaded:

  1. Upload images whose pixel dimensions are at least 1600px on the longest side.

Things I need to confirm about my upload before publishing it:

  1. Make sure the image is set to public.
  2. Make sure the image is set to safe…

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What actually gets banned from Explore?

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The photographer or the content?

Flickr has NEVER shown any capacity to ban content from Explore. In the case of watermarks and photoborders they have ALWAYS entered Explore without any problem. People should have noticed every day for the last decade that Explore is full of such content at changeover and on the weekends.

Photographers whose watermarked and photobordered images get in Explore eventually stop getting in Explore. It is the uploaders who get banned. Once banned they never get back in Explore even if their images don’t have a watermark or photoborder.

It is only once content is in Explore that Flickr’s curation policy can have an effect. A Flickr curator goes through the images in the Explore showcase once or twice each weekday… and ONLY on weekdays. The curator literally flicks a switch on the image to have it removed from the Explore list. It is likely during this process the…

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Group use and Explore

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Up until Mar 2015 the use of groups was such a negative for explore success that the only recommendation that could be made was not to use them. It was so negative it was rare to find an image in the top 100 in more than 2 groups!

Things began to change in Mar 2015 and by Jun 2015 group use sensitivity had declined, but not so much as to remove all caution, as the following graphs should demonstrate:

The first chart looks at the top 500. It makes it clear even today, as group use tends to go up the position in the Explore list tends to go down. However, we now see some images in the top 100 using several groups.

group use vs rank

In this second chart the focus is on recent data for the top 100 (two different days). While it is clear group use has gone up it is important to…

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