If you own one of the numerous photochaining sites that were penalized in Google recently, we feel for you. We escaped real damage by preemptively addressing the unnatural links that Google warned us about. We found this great url to a site that can help you, and so we’re sharing it: Using The Disavow Tool – http://www.google-penalty.com/disavow.html. This will explain how to use Google’s new disavow tool to ignore your bad links. The instructions say you must first make an effort to manually remove some of your links before using the tool.

This is the kind of photochaining that doesn’t require you to run around picking up and dropping off cheap memory cards 🙂

I ran into it on the Canon website, so obviously that’s why I’m calling it Photochaining (Canon).

It’s an interesting concept; an element (they call it a TAG) of your photo is selected to inspire a connection with someone else’s photo. An element of that photo (a different TAG) inspires yet another, and another, and another…

The way that Canon explains it, the photographer selects the tag. It seems a little more interesting to me to have the next person in line select the tag from your photo, but there are advantages either way.

I’m also a little fuzzy about who gets to decide which submitted photo ‘wins’…but whatever the case, when that happens, the photographer responsible gets to be ‘owner’ of the new chain. The tag that the photographer has added to their photo then becomes the inspiration for the following round.

On the Canon site, three kinds of chains are specified: “Hero Chains” (the main project, which apparently updates every three weeks), “public chains” (anyone can pretty much do anything they like), and “private chains” (invite-only versions).

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I have been in the business of business for some time now & I am always learning valuable lessons. The most recent one is never get to comfortable because when you do the bottom is sure to fall out. It is unmistakable the amount of effort it takes to keep your cool & handle business when it happens. Once I learn that you have to be ready for anything it really helped me to settle into a pattern of regular operation. If you are not careful you will lose your way. When that happens all is not lost but it is very hard to get back on track. As a matter of fact, the further off track you get the harder it is to get back on track. Even though it is harder to get back on track it is more important to do just that. If you ever find yourself way out there in left field just remember these words.