How To Do A Reverse Image Search

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search

Want to do an image search upload? You can do an image search upload to find out if one of your images is being used without your permission. Or do you know want to know if an image is real and not a catfish? Today I’ll show you how to do a reverse image search – upload any photo and find out if it’s been posted anywhere else on the internet before.

This trick will allow you to do a “Reverse Image Search” for any image and see a list of all other sites on the internet where the image appears.

Image Search Upload

Here’s how to do a reverse image search by uploading any photo.

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search

All you have to do is go to Google Images and click on the camera icon.

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search

Then click “Upload an Image“. Select the image on your computer. This is how you do an image search upload. You will then be able to see all the other sites on the internet that are using this image.

Reverse Image Search

If the image is already on the internet, you don’t have to download it and then upload it again just to do a reverse image search. You can also search if you have the image URL.

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search


If you’re using Chrome, all you have to do is right-click on an image and click “Search Google for Image“.

Firefox & Safari

If you are using Firefox or Safari, you will need to copy the Image URL.

Right click on the image and select Copy Image Location (Firefox) or Copy Image Address (Safari).

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search

Paste the URL into Google.

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search

On the result page, click Search by Image.

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search

And this will be the result of your reverse image search. You’ll also see a collage of Visually Similar Images.

Image Search Upload — How To Do A Reverse Image Search

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

Now you know how to do a reverse image search and image search upload. Hope you find this useful! Let me know if you try it!

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187 Responses
  1. Michele

    I wanted to find out if this guy was using a fake photo to try and friend me on facebook so I took one of his images. It just so happens he doesn’t have a shirt on. I do the reverse image search and up comes the word “nipple” and definitions and other ways I can photos with a nipple!!! seriously! Any suggestions

    1. Robert hopkins II

      i understand this is an old blog but if it can still help anyone its worth it. google image search sucks for real i have searched many times and google images finds nothing, so i will say use 2 image search engines. a 2nd one i will not say the name on here cause i dont know if i can but i will tell its in russian but u can translate the page and also it starts with an Y….. 100 percent honest the russian one blows google image search away. im saying this and i use google chrome as my default browser and i use google as my search engine on my pc so i love google butthe image search its terrible. good luck……Rob

  2. Amber

    Hello Kevin and Amanda,

    I have kind of a special situation lol. I submitted a few documents to an organization for a program I was in. They are now saying that I never submitted one of the documents but I’m positive I did. How do I prove that I did? I still have my internet history and see the date I submitted everything but want to have proof that the document was submitted to them through their website.

    I truly hope you can help me as this has caused me a major issue in retrieving something from them. ?

  3. Connie

    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!

  4. Lilly Oliver

    I tried this for. Pictures off of my twitter but google did not suggest taht the pictures were being used on my twitter. Why?

  5. Ramesh

    Dear Kevin,
    This is the post I waited for long time. I had some pics which were not uploaded to internet. And some of that pics were accessed by some other else without my permission. Now I need to check whether that pics are uploaded to net. How can I do it. All I have is my pics alone and it does not have any image url.

  6. Samantha

    Hi Amanda,
    I’m just curious if this trick works for Instagram. I have recently opened a page to share my photography and hopefully make a name for myself a bit. But I just found out that people can “steal” your photos. I’m so disappointed. I would like to know if anyone has done this so far. I am going to close my account. But, do you know how to find out if someone has done this already? Thank you tons!

  7. John Polk

    Maybe this is silly but is that a special font at the very top that looks like brush on canvas? That looks so cool and grabs attention. Is that a brush or font or what? Loved your article.

  8. Bryan

    Interesting and so easy to check, I had been told a while ago it could be done so thanks for the easy lesson,
    Right now I’m off to write a letter to the guardian i found 11 of their web pages using one of mine images after i said they couldn’t, this’ll be fun :-)

  9. hoesim

    Good to know : ) However, if someone copy your image url and edited it in
    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.

  10. Susanna

    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!

  11. Sammi @Sammi Sunshine

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

    Sammi at Sammi Sunshine- A Food Blog

  12. Jen

    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.

  13. Lynne Mikolajczak

    I have had a person emailing me since Nov. 19th, 2013. Saying some terrible things about my husband and I. She has sent a photo. The first one was totally different than the last. The last one she claimed is really her, how can I find out who this person is by the photo?

  14. Sonja Bailey

    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

  15. Carrie

    Is there any way to do this on a smartphone? And where on the internet are we. supposed to upload the pictures if you’re trying to find where a pic came from either on your smartphone or the computer.. also is the image url and image location different? Thank you.

  16. Jessica

    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!

  17. mensajes subliminales

    I would not also appreciate how We found themselves listed here, but I believed this text seemed to be terrific. I do not know who seem to you are having said that unquestionably you’re going to some sort of well-known tumblr for many who may not be by now. Best wishes!

  18. Siobhan

    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 :-)

  19. @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman

    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!

  20. Jessica

    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. :(

  21. Carol

    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

  22. divita

    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.

    1. Anonymous

      Very good blog! Reverse image searching is great! Especially for when people of various ages should be safe online. People can lie so easily using a photo of someone, and then make up a story using someone else’s photos. If anyone is reading and you haven’t heard of this, be glad you found out! This has been a thing for online people to do for years. I work in IT and I have helped many people get out of being scammed. It can happen to literally anyone. There’s a word for people who pretend to be someone else online. It’s called Catfishing. It means for someone luring their victim into their trap, their fake persona, and into a fake relationship. What do they want? It can be anything from money, a relationship, tricking their victims into buying them stuff, getting you to give them private info like banking info. Literally so much more! And that’s what makes them so scary! Do not think this is nothing. It’s a very serious matter. Even I’m being safe naming myself Anonymous here. Better safe than sorry.

      Please be careful and be sure to reverse image search anything you feel suspicious of. Technology is rapidly evolving. Meaning, there’s bad people finding even more clever ways to trick their victims. Especially with the new things like Artificial Intelligence also know as Ai for short. Ai can make photos look real as well. There’s an abundance of mobile apps, software for computers, and even many websites that allow users to make fake photos of people, make instant artwork (that supposedly remixes using pre-existing artwork made by actual artists), fake photo of practically anything (landscapes, buildings, clothes you name it Ai can make it), and a whole lot more! There’s even Ai that generates text!! Crazy how technology has evolved over the years!

      Do be absolutely careful who you talk to online, what things you use, read, anything. It’s really good to reverse image search anything you feel concerned about. This blog is a wonderful resource that shows you how. There are websites out there where you can also do reverse searches. There’s too many to time. So even a keyword search that says “reverse image search website” will get to where you need to be. Be safe out there and goodluck!

  23. Elissa Field

    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.

  24. Rebecca

    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!


  25. Bryan

    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

  26. Google

    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.

  27. Carth Glouie Pandan

    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…

  28. Marinos

    Just go to 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)

  29. Brenda

    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! :)

  30. zee

    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 –>
    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… :)


  31. Addicted to Recipes

    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!

  32. Kim P

    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.

  33. Cher'ley

    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.

  34. Matt

    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.

  35. Caitlin

    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.


  36. Tricia

    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!

  37. atlanta school of performing arts

    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.

  38. Salammbö

    Dear Amanda, thank you very much for this very useful tip. Now I found out that a picture of mine has been used to illustrate the weblog of an escort-girl. ;) THANKS !

    1. Salammbö

      Hi Ed, I just spent 20 minutes checking my own Flickr pictures so I can assure you it works. :)
      Right-click on the ‘preview’ on your pictures on the gallery, not on the picture page. Have fun :)

  39. Jessica

    I’ve always used for this, but it’s nice to know there is another option that might catch things the other missed. I’ve always watermarked my photos, but it’s easy to crop those out anymore.

  40. Caitlin

    PS. The poser/thief has taken this woman’s photo and created a fake FB page too. I turned it in as a fake but it’s still up.

    I have a MAC if that helps you to answer. And I’m not very computer savvy.
    Thank you so much. I can’t believe I fell for such a cruel and deceitful ploy. Embarrassed is all I can say.


    1. julia

      Hello Caitlin, Just read your comments & my heart sank… mainly because i am trying to get google reverse image to work for me on my mac & ipad. Tineye works for me but i’m needing more results! I am trying to learn if I have been catfished once again!! I have met way too many fakes as you describe. Can you share the fake FB profile name?

      thanks, julia

  41. Caitlin

    Amanda and Kevin,
    Can you help? Photos were sent to me (we met on an online dating site) and turns out the person on the site is pretending to be this woman. It’s actually a man posing as her. He has sent some pics that I highly doubt she would want floating around (not sure how she feels about non-heterosexuality but it’s a lesbian dating site). The poser is sucking a lot of women in for sure.

    Is there a way to take the photos and try and learn who she is so that she can be told what the heck is happening to her photos? I just have photos sent to me via email. If I were in her position, I would want to know.

    I tried on google reverse photo search with no luck and tineye with no luck.
    Thanks for your help.

  42. Michelle King

    Very cool! I just found a bookmark I had made in May that people have pinned on Pinterest. I’m glad I had something people thought was fun and/or useful :)

  43. Alana (@RamblinGarden)

    I just found this through Pinterest – THANK YOU! I had the experience of several of my photos (pinned from my blog) ending up on Pinterest weight lost “spam” sites – and at least one(which was not related at all to porn) on a board I would characterize as soft porn with a weight loss message. Disgusting! Thank you a third time!

  44. j

    my question is what do you do when someone is stealing your photos/posts? Especially the foreign ones– I don’t really know how to stop them.

  45. Abby

    Ack. I can’t BELIEVE how many people have stolen my photos. I see above that someone has given an even easier way to track down thieves. Anyone know of a program that alerts you if an image is republished?

  46. Suzan

    I tried this with a photo I know for a fact was taken and put as someone’s Facebook profile photo. It only showed the link to my blog, not to the Facebook page.

  47. Kim - Liv Life

    Excellent info!! The first one I put in brought up my photo and my recipe on someone else’s site with a bit “pin it” button over the top of MY photo on THEIR site. Ugh!!!

  48. Naomi

    You could also drag the image from your blog , pc, mac drag and drop the image in Google Images search and it will do the very same thing. You’ll get the same results. :-)

  49. Jenn @therebelchick

    I had no idea how to do this, thank you so much! I know someone has taken photos from my site but now I actually see what they are doing with them!

  50. Jessica Kent

    Every time I see something that I know is from your site (which I seem to have memorized because I’ve been a regular reader for so long) or other blogs I frequent on Pinterest or anywhere else, I make sure to “comment” who should get the credit. : )

    Lately I’ve been seeing your t-shirt scarf pop up a lot.

  51. Heather D.

    THANK YOU Amanda for posting this tutorial! After following it I found two of my images posted on two different sites. :( One cropped it and posted it as a free wallpaper download. I can’t find an owner to the website, so I have no one to email :( I tried posting in the comments section but it’s still “awaiting moderation” GRRR!!! The other one I found an email for and sent them a message to remove my image. We’ll see how that goes…

  52. Deanna

    Super helpful tutorial! I just found one if your pics on pinterest too, and came over to send it to you, but I don’t see any contact info for you – help! Do I just need better glasses?? :)

  53. Gina

    This is awesome. I have my blog right click disabled since someone stole images of my kids & used them for her fake life on FB. This would have come in handy before that happened to me. Since I couldn’t try it on my blog- I tried it here to see it in action- only I didn’t have to copy the image & upload. When I right clicked- it gave me the option in the drop down to just search image in Google. Which then gave me the same page you showed with the results. I will try to use that other tip someone left about dragging the image to the search bar to test it that way. Although I also disabled left click on my images so I may have to go to my web albums to try this out.

  54. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

    Interesting blog post on the reverse image search. So, here’s a one that’s stumped me: I’ve put pretty strict restrictions on my online photos (no right clicking to copy on my blog, Flickr and Facebook). However, that doesn’t stop someone from using my imaging (screen shots circumvent that pretty easily, that’s why I’ve started watermarking my images). Anyway, I wonder if there’s a way to search images whose URLs are unsearchable???

  55. Christina Main

    Hmmm I think I may be completely computer dumb. I did what you said for safari users, “Safari users, right click on the image and select Copy Image Address.” And still no such luck… it’s not providing me with an appropriate image link.

    Any suggestions?

  56. Go Kid Yourself

    OMG!! I didn’t even know this could be done!! Thanx so much for posting this!
    I just reverse-searched a pic from my most popular post and found it LOTS of places… including a news channel in Fayetteville Arkansas where they broadcasted it on their morning news, hahaha!
    Thanx again… new follower here!

  57. kelley @ Miss Information

    Thank you for this! I keep hearing about these sites that steal you stuff and repost it so this will be helpful! I would love for you to come share it on I Freakin did it Fridays @ Miss Information

  58. Sally

    Who knew? Thanks for this informative post.

    I hate the idea of watermarking photos, but I wonder if that’s what everyone should be doing (in tiny print)–with link to original website? What do you think?

  59. Melissa @ Bless This Mess

    So cool! I thought I was a nobody but low and behold my jazz is all over the place. I’ll take that as a compliment! Thanks…

  60. Julie

    Hi Amanda! Thanks for the helpful hint. I tried it on several of my photos but got this message in Google: The image is too big, or the network connection is too slow to download it.

    Any ideas?

  61. Jude Boudreaux

    Thanks for the great article, so glad my friend RT’d you on Twitter! I’ve got a few images that sometimes pop up in my google analytics traffic results, and I’d been thinking I should check around to make sure they’re not being used anywhere else. Thanks so much!

  62. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

    Thanks for the tip! I recently discovered photos posted on without credit or link backs, so this is very appropriate timing.

  63. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    Thank you for the tutorial–this much much easier than I thought! I usually just rely on Google Alerts and pingbacks to find stolen content, but I really need to start doing this too.

  64. Beth R.

    Hey Amanda! I saw your before an after pictures on pinterest supporting a weightloss program. I clicked on it because I thought it was something from your site. I reported it, but you might want to keep your eyes out for it!!

    1. Amanda

      Thanks so much for letting me know, Beth! That is exactly what I’ve been using this tutorial for. I end up spending a couple hours every night combing through search results and Pinterest posts finding the stolen photos and reporting them. I usually report about 150 pins per night! Crazy, isn’t it?? If you ever see one, just send me the URL and I will report it. :)

  65. Samantha @ BakedfromaBox

    Hey Amanda, thanks for the tutorial! I have found a huge number of tumblr pages that have copied my photos/recipe post word for word with no source and have sent an “ask me anything” message many times to remove/source the work, but to no avail! Any tips for tumblr photo stealing??
    Many thanks :)

  66. Katie P

    You always have the best tricks and tips! Thanks!! Sadly, I couldn’t find any of my pictures anywhere else… I guess that’s a good thing, though perhaps it just means I’m unpopular? HA! :)

  67. Katie

    This is a great tutorial! Thanks so much! I’ve been wondering how to do something like this, with all of the stolen post drama I’ve been hearing about. Thanks again!

  68. Claire

    very cool, i never knew about this. it helps so much, esp as we just bought our very first professional camera and we will be trying to post only our own photos now. thanks!

  69. kelly @ sass & veracity

    Thanks for the reminder on this — I haven’t done it in a while and so spent some time with it this morning. Most of what I discovered for one popular photo from the archives is not linked to my site in any way. Figures.

    Great tutorial as always!

  70. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Great idea. However I use Goggle Chrome and I don’t have that option when I right click. What should I look for using Chrome when I right click?

    1. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

      Amanda, thanks for the help with Chrome. I discovered that if a blogger has a blog roll with your blog listed in their sidebar that shows an image along with a link, you’ll find it when you search as suggested.

  71. Calli

    Thank you for sharing this useful tip! I checked just one photo from my blog to discover several people who had stolen a whole tutorial from my site… with no link backs or credit given. It was a little discouraging and at the same time very empowering!

  72. Kim - Liv Life

    Thank you! I tried it on a number of shots and it was fascinating to see how far they have traveled. On the few I checked it was all above board, but will be interesting to keep tabs on things.

  73. Rhonda

    That is cool to know! I swear…I learn something new every single day. Your site has been so entertaining and informative. Thanks so much, Amanda!!!

  74. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti

    Thanks so much for this info, Amanda! I am almost afraid to do a search as I know many people take and use my photos without permission. It is sad that others feel the need to pass off other’s work as their own. :( I hate watermarking my photos so I guess that is part of the problem. This tip will help me weed out the worst photo stealing offenders.

  75. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    This is amazing. I knew some of my photos had gone viral on Pinterest but had no idea some have been used on other blogs that much. Great tip! Thanks Amanda! :)

  76. Kristen

    I never worry too much about this because I just have found it’s not really worth my time, however, you make it look so much easier than any other route I’ve tried. Smart! Thanks for sharing!

  77. Alysa (InspiredRD)

    Thank you for this!!! I just found a photo of mine on a magazine website that was posted back in December of 2010. They pulled the photo off of one of my Tasty Kitchen recipes. What do I do now? Demand they remove it? Ask for payment? Not sure how to go about this. Thanks!

  78. Christina Main

    Hi there! I would love to try this, but I have a Safari web browser and neither of your copy image location techniques work. Any help?


  79. Cora

    Thank you Amanda! I fell in love with your site a long time ago because of post like this, recipes, and your fonts, not because you became popular and have been sent traveling all over the world and post about trips and pushing products on your readers. It is very refreshing to have some tutorials and fonts back from you so I am motivated to keep reading! This was a very helpful tutorial as well.

  80. Miss Kitty

    Thanks so much for this valuable advice, Amanda. I’ve been seeing lots of bloggers write about pirating of content and photos lately. Even though I am a little blog I know I need to at least watermark my photos. I haven’t found a “painless” way to do it without uploading/downloading each photo to a photo editing site.

    1. Melissa @ Bless This Mess

      Miss Kitty- do you photoshop at all? There is an easy way to make a stamp in PS so that you can just stamp on your watermark while editing before uploading. It’s a great little trick!

  81. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have found one of my photos is being used numerous places. I can’t understand how people think it is OK to steal! My lemon ice box pie photos are being used all over the place, and not just by me.

    1. Alika

      just because she’s beettr than you and smarter than you and beettr looking than you doesnt mean you need to run your mouths like the morons we all know you are. anybody that wants to learn how to play guitar can learn something from her.

  82. Urvashee

    Thanks for the tip. I just did a search on one photo and unfortunately saw that it was misused on multiple sites. One site is in another language and they’ve watermarked it as their own! Very bummed. Have’nt even checked other photos. Any advice? I think I have to go back and start watermarking.

  83. Teri Dingler

    We randomly discoverred someone “grabbed” my facebook background photo I had taken on my Alaskan cruise from my balcony and posted and then put on his facebook as his background! I guess he thought it was lovely!!! I do not re-post anything unless it has a “pin it” button on it as I believe that these belong to the person who posts it unless they have given permission by the “pin it” button.

    1. Amanda

      If you don’t have a blog and can’t use the tutorial above (which shows you how to get the URL from a photo on your blog), you can use a site like to upload a photo and get the URL.

  84. Anne

    Hi Amanda. FYI, there is a pinterest post out there (wish I had marked it but I didn’t) that uses your before and after weight loss pics and when you click on it it goes to some weight loss site. Didn’t look like anything I have seen you mention, so you might want to search pinterest if you can.

    1. Amanda

      Thanks so much for letting me know, Anne! That is exactly what I’ve been using this tutorial for. I end up spending a couple hours every night combing through search results and Pinterest posts finding the stolen photos and reporting them to Pinterest. I usually report about 150 pins per night! Crazy, isn’t it?? If you ever see one, just send me the URL and I will report it. :)

  85. Amanda Dawn

    Thanks Amanda! It’s always fun learning something new, geeky, and simple! To think, this has been here all along. You’re so clever. :)

  86. cynthia y

    You can actually just click the photo whether its on a web page or on your desktop and drag it to the Google search box to do the same thing. I just learned this trick a few months ago and its amazing

    1. Kim @ In Our Write Minds

      I was so excited about the drag-and-drop option! I tried it in IE and Chrome, but nothing happened. Am I missing a step?

    2. Amanda

      Yeah, I’m not sure how accurate this is Kim, I never could get it to work either! (Firefox & Safari on Mac)

    3. cynthia y

      Hmm I don’t know why its not working. This is the only way I look up images and have never had an issue. I do use Google Chrome mostly and never on a MAC. But I think I have gotten to work on IE and FireFox. I will try to figure it out for ya.

  87. Candice

    You always post such useful tips Amanda, thank you so much :o)
    A quick question though – will this work if the person, who has downloaded your photo and “recycled” it for their own use, has renamed the photo? Or will it only work if they re-post the photo with exactly the same name/URL that it originally came with when you posted it – I hope that makes sense?

    1. Amanda

      Great question Candice! Yes, it will definitely work if the photo has been renamed — It will even work if the photo has been cropped, resized or even had minor changes made to it like lightened or darkened as well.

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