September 12, 2012

How to See If Your Photos Are Being Used On Another Site

How To Do a Reverse Image Search

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I’ve got a super quick and easy tutorial for you today. This is a cool trick I’ve been using a lot lately, and I thought I’d pass on this neat tool to you just in case you’ve ever wondered how to do this. Did you know there’s a really simple way to see if photos have been taken from your blog and uploaded to another site? This trick will allow you to do a “Reverse Image Search” for any photo from your blog, or any photo you’ve uploaded on the internet, to see a list of all the other sites where this photo appears.

Why would you to do a reverse image search?

  • To see if your uploaded photos are being used on another site without your permission.
  • To find the original source of a popular Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook photo.
  • If you have a photo on your computer and you can’t remember where it came from.

*This trick can also be useful if you if have a photo on your computer, and you can’t remember where it came from. You’ll first have to upload it to the internet so you can grab its URL.

Once you’ve done that, here’s how you do a Reverse Image Search.

 

Find the image on your blog, right click, and select Copy Image Location (Firefox) or Copy Image Address (Safari).

IE Users: Right click on the image, select Properties, and highlight the Address (URL) and click CTRL-C to copy.

 

How To Do a Reverse Image Search

Paste the URL into Google.

 

How To Do a Reverse Image Search

On the result page, click Search by Image.

 

How To Do a Reverse Image Search

And this is what will pop up next. You’ll first see a collage of Visually Similar Images. This is pretty interesting to browse through. Not all of these images may be your images, but they will all look a lot like your image. It’s kinda neat.

 

How To Do a Reverse Image Search

Keep scrolling down, and now these results will all be for the image you searched for. You can click on these results and see all the sites where your photo is posted.

And that’s all you do! You’ll probably see a lot of sites like Pinterest, and you may discover new sites that have written about your blog and shared a photo or two. Try doing a reverse image search on photos from your most popular post, and see what comes up.

Hope you find this useful!

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atlanta school of performing arts January 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Hi there, i just wanted to drop you a line to say that i thoroughly enjoyed this particular post of yours, I have subscribed to your RSS feeds and have skimmed a few of your posts before but this one really stood out for me. I know that I am just a stranger to you but I figured you might appreciate the appreciation Take care and keep blogging.

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Tricia January 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Ugh! I am just sick. I just took my most popular post and found that someone stole the picture and photoshopped one of the colors in the picture and called it there own! It was a gardening tutorial that is wildly popular on Pinterest…so was the photoshopped picture. I lost all of that traffic. Thank you so much for posting this, I’ll be closer tabs on my intellectual property!

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Caitlin February 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Julia, I would feel more comfortable discussing further with you but over some private
measure such as email. I’m not even sure I understand this site here. To my knowledge neither Kevin or Amanda ever responded to me.

Thanks,
Caitlin

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Matt February 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Unfortunately this won’t work in 99% of cases of image theft. This will only work if the person has shared your image to their blog or website. If they right clicked and saved the image like 99% of people do, then upload the image this doesn’t work. So it’s basically useless.

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Cher'ley February 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

All I get is the image with no information. I saw a photo I wanted to use in my ebook. It was sent as a Valentine salutation and it is so cute (Two horses hugging), but I don’t know how to find out who owns it so I can get permission to use it. Thanks.

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Jenny February 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

i was afraid to read this and then find out people were stealing my pictures but i didn’t find anything so i feel better now :P

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Kim P February 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Hi Amanda.
I have IE and tried searching a few of my blog tutorial pictures using your instructions above. I can not get any results from any of my attempts. It does not even find where I posted my own pictures to my own blog, FB, Twitter, or Pintrest posts. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

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Addicted to Recipes February 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Thanks for sharing this post, I just did a random check of some photos and found a website that has copied every single one of my recipes and photos…ugh!

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nami February 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

You got me so excited, I put it on my list of “to do” for this Saturday!!:) thanks for sharing!!!

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zee March 6, 2013 at 6:16 am

Thanks for the great tip. I just saw it and found another way to do it. I have not read the 100+ comments, so I don’t know if someone has already posted it. Anyway, here’s how…

Go to google.com –>
On the header (of You+, Search, Images… ) click on “Images” –>
At the end of the search field, there is a camera icon, click on it. (when you hover over it, it will say “search by image”) –>
You can either “Paste image URL” or click on “Upload an image”. Click on upload an image if you have no URL, or if you want a quick way of searching images you have on your PC. –>
You can now browse and select your image, or simply drag an image file from your explorer into the search field… –>

And there you have it, your image searched… :)

Fauzi

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Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com March 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

WOW! Thanks, Amanda!! I cannot believe how simple this is! Thank you for the very helpful and easy-to-understand tutorial! Much appreciated ;)
Hope you enjoy a fabulous weekend! :)

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Rosey March 10, 2013 at 6:49 pm

What a great tip, I’m going to go try it. Visiting today from Let’s Get Social Sunday.

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Taylor March 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thank you so much for this! It will be very handy :)

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Krystina Rotolo April 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

hi, I highly enjoyed you guys post. devout christian reader out

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Nazihah Ismail April 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

Great post! Never knew I can track them. Thanks!! :D

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Marinos April 14, 2013 at 3:48 am

Just go to http://images.google.com and drag-drop any photo there. either from your computer or from another website. (open your website on one tab and google images on another tab. drag the photo from your website to the google images tab on top of your browser. it will then go to google images. drop the photo in the search box)
Enjoy!

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Robert Connor May 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Some great info – we look forward to reading more! Have a great day on purpose.

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Carth Glouie Pandan May 16, 2013 at 3:30 am

Dear Amanda, I met someone from facebook and his name there was Ronnie Powell. He had many pics in FB same all faces. We’ve been chatmates for how many months. I think 4 months. And everytime I ask him to let me see him on cam, he refuses me. One time, they went to Paris together with his dad. that was he said to me, and I dont know if he was true or was only lying. Then by next day, I receive a message from his IM that he encounter accident goin back from Paris to UK. Then, the one who messaged me was his cousin named Andrew, and when he let me saw him on cam, I was taken aback becuz he looked like a Pakistani and not similarly like with the guy on the pic. I know they are not bro but even cousins have still similar faces. I blocked him and unblocked him again. After few weeks he came back and said that why he blocked me and reply on his messages. I told him that he was not the guy on the pic and he insisted that it was him, but i still have a doubt. So, how would I know who is the guy on the pic? will i able to know him – the real name of the guy on the pic EVEN IF IT WAS TAKEN FROM FB using ur trick and will i able to know where that stupid wannabe stole that pic that he used to pretend? Please help me…

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shananne May 20, 2013 at 8:59 am

Hi,
just wondering if i can also use facebook’s photo url?
thanks

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Matt May 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I always used tineye in the past but this seems to work better…thanks for this!

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Google May 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

Actually another great way is to directly upload that images to google images search and then look for similar images which are to your. Google images search is pretty powerful and will discover all those images which look similar without warring about the naming and You will get all the list of images and places where they are being hosted.

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Robert Connor May 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

What a great tip and very nice site we love i!

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Bryan June 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

This is a great resource. I belong to a portfolio site where lots of photographers and artists complain of their stuff being posted elsewhere. Most of it is harmless, but occasionally somebody finds their art in a Samsung ad or some such. A mailing list I subscribe to shared a resource similar to this but requested that list subscribers keep it to themselves for the time being, which was bugging me. Now I’m off the hook. :-D

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Rebecca July 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

You have no idea how grateful I am that you took the time to post this and share. I found someone who was using one of my art pieces on his blog without my permission and without credit. This is a spectacular way to keep tabs on my work! Thank you so much!

-Rebecca

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Elissa Field July 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thanks for this. I had stored link to your post on my Pinterest… and had it to refer back to when a question about a picture came up this week. It’s simple, but interesting how much information can be gathered.

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divita July 31, 2013 at 2:42 am

Dear amanda,
I have a few pictures of a girl saved in my computer. Obviously downloaded from Facebook.I haven’t used the picture anywhere. But if a upload that picture on my blog. And if I follow the instructions given by you will I get to know where is it on Facebook. !
I desperately want to know who that picture belongs to.please help.

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Carol August 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm

So what do you do if you find one that doesn’t link back to you?
I have found one of my pictures, and it doesn’t link back to my blog. Its funny that the post was dated April 2008, I didn’t do my post until March 2012.. guess she didn’t like her own photo and replaced it with mine! I also have a “content and photos on this site are the sole property of…..” on the side bar.

❥ ღ ❥ Carol
Whitfields Home In The County

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Jessica August 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Wow–although I appreciate this tutorial, I’m totally creeped out by the number of people stealing my photos (photos that include my young son). I’m now wondering if there is some code I can place on my blog to help prevent it. :(

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@PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman October 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm

In Chrome it’s a right click and there is already an option to search. I blog about Crossfit but I don’t consider myself a Crossfit blogger. It’s one of my highest traffic posts so I took the image from a Paleo before and after challenge that I did and sure enough! It’s on about 3 other sites. I just need to contact one of them to give me proper credit. wow!

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Siobhan October 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for this, I’ve shared it with a friend who runs a lifestyle blog and finds her images popping up *everywhere*. No one uses mine… they are too, ahem, rustic and naive in style :-)

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mensajes subliminales December 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

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Jessica January 8, 2014 at 6:22 am

Would this work for Facebook photos too or only pictures on blogs? I guess if you were able to do it on Facebook, it would definitely have to be done on a computer not a cell phone. I see thedrag and drop method on Catfish all the time but it’s never worked for me!

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Sonja Bailey February 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm

I have a picture that I am wanting to find out where it came from and who it is I was not able to follow your steps on here please help me

I traced one pic to a scam but this one I really think I know this person and need to let them know if their pic is being used… it is a dating fraud and scamming money

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danielle March 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

pretty awesome-thank u!

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Jen March 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Much easier -quicker way to search is: in Chrome, right click on any image and choose an option ‘Search google for this image’ from the drop down menu. Takes a second :) No need for URL.

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Sammi @Sammi Sunshine March 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hi Amanda, I have tried this various ways, and it won’t work for me! At all!

Sammi at Sammi Sunshine- A Food Blog

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shad219 April 15, 2014 at 10:56 am

Thanks for the tip! Ilike the huse in the pic too!

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checkmate April 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

Hi Amanda, great post. If you have an Android device you can use this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.a1.searchbyimage.searchbypicture.searchbyphoto . It’s free and without advertise, and it simplify everything.

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Pritesh June 30, 2014 at 7:44 am

Do you want to find if someone is using your pictures on internet without your permission – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo_nK65blts

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Susanna August 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Hi! Thank you for the useful tutorial, but I was wondering if it would work on Facebook pictures. Because I sent my picture taken from facebook to my ex-friend on kik a while ago before we argued, and I think she reposted it in some website, but I’m not sure. I’m worried that she might post it on porn websites etc. I tried to do this to find my pictures but it didn’t work. So my question is : Does that trick works on Facebook picture ? Or if you have any other useful tricks, please let me know. I really REALLY need your help. Thank you!

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hoesim August 27, 2014 at 12:15 am

Good to know : ) However, if someone copy your image url and edited it in Pixlr.com.
Save it as their own copy. It is rather difficult to trace. I found my image was copy and reused when i lookup in google image under the same Keyword.

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