Last Updated on October 18, 2013 by Ron Stefanski

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What does attribution mean for website images and content

You can find various definitions of attribution all over the internet, but many of them don’t talk specifically about what attribution is when related to images or text on a website.  According to, attribution is “Assigning some quality or character to a person or thing; for example, “the attribution of language to birds”.  See what I mean?  Explaining what attribution is with an example about the language of bids isn’t necessarily helpful.

So here is my definition of what attribution is when related to images or text on websites.  Simply put, attribution is the act of giving the original author of the content credit for their work.

People can think of attribution similar to a citation in a research paper.  It isn’t fair to take another person’s work and try to pass it off as your own.  Knowing this, attribution is simply the act of giving that credit where credit is due.  If you are looking for images to use, sign up below and I will provide you with over 100 high quality images for free or consider purchasing high quality photos from my affiliate Shutterstock.

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