You just ran across your artwork, featured on a blog! Wahoo! Except, they hadn’t told you they did it and you just happened to find out on your own. Are there more posts like this out in internet-land?!
Or maybe you found out someone was using your art illegally on their website. No good. You sent them a cease and desist letter (good job!) but now you want to see what other sites have been using your work!
These situations are where my little image trick comes in handy. And it’s free! Yay! You just have to be good friends with Google (figuratively speaking of course – you don’t actually have to know anyone working for Google). Here’s the step-by-step.
1. Find the image you’re looking for on your computer or on your website. You might want to repeat these steps for all your images because it will only work for the image you put in.
2. Open it up in a preview or viewer program. If you’re on the internet, right click it and choose to view the image on its own.
3. Open Google in another window and place the windows side by side so you can view both.
4. Click over to the Images tab of Google’s search engine.
5. Drag the image from it’s own window into the search bar of the Google Images window. You’ll see a little green + circle appear where you drag the image, which you can’t see on my screenshot above.
6. Let go and your results will appear on Google. You should scroll through and open any site using your image.
7. Take the necessary action. Find a contact link and either thank the blogger, kindly ask for your name and website to be added next to the photo, or send a proper cease & desist letter.
8. Follow up. If you thanked the blogger, also send the link to the post out on social media. It’ll help your work look popular that you got chosen and will help the blogger get the word out about their site. If you were trying to remove the image, contact a lawyer if you don’t hear back from the person and the image is still being used.