Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


How To Create A URL From a Photo or Flyer

How to create a URL from a photo or flyer.

Have you ever wanted a URL to link back to on a flyer or photo for a specific property on Twitter, linkedin, google+ or facebook?  

  • A different link than your website or MLS?  
  • A unique URL which gives the consumer the information they need to know to connect with you directly? 

It's easy on Flickr.

This is a flyer for a lot my daughter has listed with Mimi Lundy of RE/MAX Prestige Properties in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  

My daughter NEEDS to get this "Dirt In The Desert" sold quickly so we decided to help the agent on the very low priced listing by creating pins that can be tweeted and photos that can be shared showing just how beautiful this "diamond in the desert" is.   Do you know someone wanting to retire in the warm weather, close to the Lake Havasu and the Colorado River? 

The lot originally sold for $29,000 and is now listed at $14,950 or bring your best offer for a quick sale!  

Once the link to the flyer is created on FLICKR you can customize the URL if you like on with the property address. 

Flicker link: link with the memorable URL address:  

The seller can remember the URL to share and so can you!  

                       Lot 112 Yucca Arizona


Steps to creating a URL from a photo or flyer on Flickr 

1. Create a username and password on Flickr   

     Keep the name with your business brand in mine if you are going to be using flickr to be a marketing

     tool for your properties.

2. Upload a profile photo and add all your contact information on your profile page. 

     This is a very important page to fill out completely with all the information you might included on your activerain

     profile or google+ about page.

     The photos you post all come back to this flickr account so this is like another website for people to find out

     about you and how to connect to you.

     You can check mine out as an example:  Carra Riley

3. Take a screen shot of your flyer or upload a photo. 

4. Go to upload

    Click upload from the computer to click and drag the photo or flyer to the upload page 

5.  Fill in the description and add tags

    The description box is where you can really fill in the consumer with all the details of the property and more

    ways to connect with you.  

    Fill in your contact information as well and once done click the upload button to the right and you will have

    immediate access to a specific URL. 

6.  Obtain the URL and create a custom URL at if you want one with the property address. 

    Flickr URL: URL:  Lot 112 was taken on PV for Pioneer Valley was added to the end.  

    NOTE:  The link cannot be used as the link on Pinterest.  Must use the flickr link!  

7.  Now you have a URL to add to Pins, Tweets, post on facebook, google+ and linked in.  

See how nice this pin looks on Pinterest.  Click the link then click the photo and you will see hot it connects to the flyer and the flyer to the profile so the consumer can connect to you!   I shared this on my Real estate around the world board.  Do you have a board like that on Pinterest to share your friends listings?  

                                                             Lot 112 on Pinterest 

One more tip on Flickr.  Upload all the photos you have on a property and create a SET where you can also have a URL or an embed code to a slide show that you can share with the consumer on a specific property.  

This is the URL for the link to the property slide show.  Every photo has contact information and the description includes the specifics of the property for sale.  A screen shot of the flyer and the MLS information is included in this slide show.  

Flickr has connections with Tumbler, facebook, twitter, wordpress, blogger, live journal and facebook so you can connect directly from the site once you have created a set. 

You can also create sets with community photos that can be included in planned communities, or neighborhoods with parks and shopping.  The sets you create with your neighborhood photos can be used over and over again if you specialize in a specific area.  Galleries are also an option to create some diversity with your area photos!  

The seller will really love your marketing skills when you tell them about what you can do with your flickr account! 


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Comment balloon 49 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • June 26 2013 12:18AM


Thanks for sharing these great tips, Carra. Good luck and more success!

Posted by Mike Warren (Real Estate) about 7 years ago

@Mike Glad to be of service.. it's all free and the seller will really think you are amazing!  Good luck to you too! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago

I have hit suggest. I will bookmark this post and read it again later.Thank you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 7 years ago

I love step by step instructions from AR members.  This sounds like a great idea and one that I have bookmarked.  Suggested!

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) about 7 years ago

Carra, this is great information, but I am going to have to go through this many times to get the steps down.  There are so many great things that can be done with this!  Thanks for taking the time to go through this step by step so we can apply this as well!!!

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 7 years ago

Okay, Carra ... once again you are teaching me something I didn't know ... and can find very useful, especially when working with flyers for my referral partners.  I'm Bookmarking this and passing it on to Marilyn to see.  I've Tweeted and Pinned the lot info for you.  Will pass on in as many places as possible.  Hope it helps!!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 7 years ago

@Gita Bantwal thank you so much.. It is really a cool tool and costs nothing so great for you to share with your clients.  Thank you for the suggest!

@Kathy Sheehan Thank you so much and it will be worth yout time to learn this great way to connect with a url on a photo or flyer.  Thank you for the suggest!

@Bruce Glad to be of help and I know you will use it a lot once you get your flickr account set up!

@Gene you are always such a wonderful supporter.. so happy I am still sharing things you can use!  Would love for you to suggest if you like it and some of your friends as I think this is such a great tool for anyone with flyers to share.. you can create a flyer for an agent with financing and give them the link all set up!  How cool would that be!  Thanks Gene for your never ending support!




Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago
Thanks for sharing this great tip. I'm going to put this into action. You made it real simple and plain. Thanks again. Much success to you.
Posted by Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County (NCS Premier Real Estate) about 7 years ago

These are great tips. I will come back and check it out. Thanks again.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) about 7 years ago

Use flickr photostream for only local splash, community events, beauty and not real estate listings. More of a tool for what a neat area it is.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 7 years ago

Awesome How To Blog!!! I love these types of blogs because I always learn so much. I would like to use this when I am emailing flyers to agents in my area. Great advice and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Marilyn Wier, Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR! (RE/MAX Space Center) about 7 years ago

This is a great idea, Carra. The more publicity online the greater the audience and reach. And people love photos. I hadn't even thought about using Flickr this way.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 7 years ago

OR, if you have the flyer or photo or (html page, pdf, jpg, or whatever on your website, you can just link direct to it. For example, here is a URL for a picture I really like, of a summer storm over the mountains south of town.

OK, I admit it, I'm a control freak. I like things on my own site, not on someone else's. -I guess it won't let me put the URL in as an active link, but if you copy and paste into your browser it will come up just fine.

Posted by Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson, (Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ) about 7 years ago


What a great blog, and at a perfect time for me.  I have had a Flickr account for ages and never use it.  Plus, I was just about to google How to get a URL for a photo.  So your article 'killed two birds with one stone" for me.



Posted by Kelly Mac Group (619) 319-7010 San Diego Beach and Luxury Realtors, San Diego Beach, Coastal and Luxury Homes (Keller Williams La Jolla) about 7 years ago

Carra I have not been using flickr as much as I should.  I will now get more out of my account, thank you.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 7 years ago

Great idea! I'm glad to know about bitly. We like to upload flyers to our Facebook a lot, and sometimes they just don't want to load, so being able to link them will be such a breeze. Bookmarked! Thank you!

Posted by Trisha Bush-LeFore, Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area (Preferred Properties Land & Homes) about 7 years ago

Carra I have not used Flickr in a loooong time. But I might just do that after reading this blog. Bookmark for future references. Thanks.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 7 years ago

Carra - Great information on how to use Flickr and Bitly.  What a great way to convert a flyer and have it as an internet marketing piece!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) about 7 years ago

Thanks for the information.  Now I have something else to learn and master. 

Posted by Roger Stensland, Let's Move! (Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound) about 7 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I have bookmarked this for future use.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 7 years ago

This is a great tip and you have done a great job of giving us a step by step tutorial on how to accomplish this.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 7 years ago

Cara, did not know couple of things - thanks for sharing.

1. Bit.Ly's customized web address

2. Can't use on Pinterest!

We learn something new here everyday! Thanks again.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 7 years ago

Thanks for this handy tip! The step-by-step instructions were very detailed as well. Appreciate your thoroughness with this post.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) about 7 years ago

I'll bookmark this one. Goes nicely with Nancy's post on Coulda Shoulda Woulda.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Another great tool to help our clients market their property. Will have to recheck Flickr.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) about 7 years ago

Great post and I will check it our for listings.

Posted by John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast (RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC) about 7 years ago

That is a really great idea.  Thanks for the instructions, too!

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) about 7 years ago

Carra, thanks for the post. This information is greatly appreciated

Posted by Ron Aguilar, Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995 (Continental Mortgage) about 7 years ago

Ok! I'm intrigued!  Thanks for posting with great instruction - adding to my list of things to check out :)

Posted by Jana Holmstrup (Jana Holmstrup - CCO - Kings Mortgage Services, Inc.) about 7 years ago

I learn something new here at AR.  Thanks for tip.  I am at Flickr but have never done this.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Interesting info. I haven't messed with Flikr yet. Looks like time to give it a try.

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner, email: / cell: 334-494-7846 (Travis Realty) about 7 years ago

Thanks for this. I have a Flikr account but it felt too complicated to navigate myself!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 7 years ago

@Grazielle ~ so happy to have helped.  I try to make things easy and useful!  Look forward to seeing your links!

@Bill ~  Am delighted you will be able to use this tip!

@Andrew ~  I love to create sets about area information which was at the bottom of the post.. once you create a master set it can be used with any listing in the same area... very cool tool!  Thanks for sharing.

@Marilyn ~  So glad you find it helpful!  it will be nice to just have a link to a flyer they can open from the e-mail.

@jeff  ~ So happy to strike a new idea with someone as seasoned and experienced it's a very cool way to connect with photos and that is what is talking to people today!  Cool photos! We should do a hanogout on air one day.. give me call and le'ts make a plan!  If you are not to busy... tee hee

@Leslie you are right... great idea to list the photos to your own website... there are about a thousand other things you can do from flickr but we will keep that for another day!

@Jennifer ~  There is no way we can all keep track of the cool things all the different sites do.. so just sharing one basic at a time seems to be a good way to go.  Thanks for your kind comment! 

@Trisha ~ I understand what you are saying.. and here is one tip on those uploads.. take a screen shot of your flyer and upload that first so you get a FULL photo and not the auto populate tiny photo then add the link.. people will be more interested in finding out more with the FULL photo! 

@Lanre ~  So happy to show you a new tip on how to use flickr... they have changed a lot of how it is set up but seems to look nicer now!  Good luck! 




Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago

@Laura ~  So happy to share.. and i really like because you can customize the link.. you can also track how many people opened the link on another fun idea when doing a mailling to see how many people actually LOOKEd at the link! 

@Roger ~  I know.. seems like it is never ending.. but this cool tool will really make your marketing easier.. design 1 flyer and link all your posts to that url. 

@Tom Bailey ~  Happy to be of help! 

@Joan Whitebook ~  So hpapy you find it easy to understand... I think NOT like a geek.. so try to make it as userfiendly as possible! 

@Prayful~ Wonderful you learned 2 things.. and #3 you can see how many people actually open your customized link on their website... even better tracking of your work.  No... can't use a link on Pinterest they think it is SPAM 

@Ralph ~  Tried to make it easy one step at a time!  Thank you for your kind comment!

@Michelle ~ hope you can use it.. I will look up that post.. sounds great! 

@Sarah and Les ~  I think you will love FLICKR as you can create an about or profile page that has all your information and it is a softer sell.. connecting on a photgraphy site!  

@John M ~  Hope it works out for you!  Thanks for stopping by! 

@Brad MacKenzi ~  you are most welcome and I hope you can use it!


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago

@Ron A ~  You are most welcome.. seems like we are learnig so many new things each day! 

@Jana ~ This is perfect in the mortagae world... a link to a flyer on how to finance a specific house! 

@Gene R ~ So cool to know you are already at Flickr and now you have a new tool!  Be sure to make your profile reflect all your real estate contacts! 

@Travis ~  Just looking at your fun profile pic you are going to love flickr to post cool photos!  Have fun! 

@Nina ~  It's easy if you just follow those steps.. make sure your profile page has all your contact information and some good marketing sentences of why people should connect with you!  Have FUN!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago

Hi Carra, that is very clever.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) about 7 years ago

Carra- this is what a Realtor needs to make them stand out as the Listing Pro!  I can see I haven't used Flickr the way I should.  Many thanks. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 7 years ago

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 7 years ago

Carra, Excellent info to know. Thank you so much.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 7 years ago

Hi Carra,

I came over from Kathy's post this morning and she is right..your post is an "Ah-ha Moment." Thanks for the tip I have it book marked.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 7 years ago

What a great blog post/information!  Thanks for sharing and have a great rest of the weekend

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 7 years ago
Carra, Thanks for the detailed, step-by-step instructions!
Posted by Bill and MaryAnn Wagner, Jersey Shore and South Jersey Real Estate (Wagner Real Estate Group) about 7 years ago

@Kathy Streib ~  It is always an honor to be selected to part of your weekly Learn post!  I am delighted when a post can help people become better at their profession.  Thank you so much and I hope you are having a great weekend... did 15 hours of photo shooting on Saturday for the Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photo walk.. and am totally exhausted!  Your comment helped me get back up to keep going again today!  Kathy we all sincerely appreciate you too!  


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago

@Bob M  thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you can use the tip!  

@Bobbie Smith happy to help and thank you for stopping by! 

@Dorie ~  Great to see you and so honored that Kathy would feature the post in her weekly learning share!  Glad to help and I am hoping you will be able to use the informaiton!  

@Kristin ~  Thank you for your kind comment and hope you have beautiful Sunday! 

@Bill W ~  Glad you liked the "how to" I try to make it easy so people can take advantage of the tool!  Thank you for the comment.  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago

Carra, thanks to Kathy, I'm getting quite the education today.  Sounds easy enogh too, thank you!

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) about 7 years ago

Carrie, I hope you will soon be posting about the successful sale of this desert land property.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 7 years ago

This is great tip and a great tutorial.  Thanks for taking the time to give us a roadmap to creating a url.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 7 years ago

Kevin ~  I am so grateful to Kathy for sharing such valuable information every week!  She is such an incredible community member!  Glad you are going to be able to use the information! 

Michelle ~  Me too That would be wonderful.. I told my daughter the post was featured with her land and she said "mom did anyone care about the land?"  Now I can tell her that you do!  

Joan ~  So happy you foun dit and can use the informaiton!  I love it when that happens! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 7 years ago

Gotta bookmark this for now, but this sounds like some useful information. It always good to get your photos of listings out there to as many people, sites, etc. as possible, and this looks like it could really help.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 7 years ago