Although by making use of internet search tools I can track some usage of my pictures on Flickr – for example I have a saved technorati search that looks for sites referencing my Flickr URL that is common across all public pictures – compared to the level of statistics I can get for visits to any of my websites, information in the past has been rather limited.
What you might have missed though, is that Flickr now has a stats feature of it’s own – see this blog posting for the announcement – which was added to the site at the tail end of last year. It takes a few hours to get the information generated once the feature is turned on, but after that you get all sorts of interesting stuff about which pictures are popular, when and from where.
What it has allowed me to do, is clear up a bit of a mystery about one of my pictures. Most pictures tend to only get a few views – generally well below 100 for a snapshot. Some have had big bursts of interest because they were topical – this picture of the two-minute silence after the London Bombs for example. Others have been picked up by popular groups so get steady traffic, such as my picture of Wild Goose Island and St Mary Lake. However even the most popular of these are between 800 and 900 views. The one exception is the picture above, a picture of untouched snow at the ranch, that has a total viewings of over 3000 – even searching for the picture URL I couldn’t find where it was being used.
What the stats have now allowed me to find out is that a staggering 3070 viewings, that’s 79% of the total have come from the Canadian Yahoo Weather site – looking at the page it has a little boxout with weather pictures taken from Flickr. The picture isn’t in the current set – it’s only been viewed 4 times in the past month, but at least I now know where all the viewings came from!