We were wondering how much traffic is generated through hits on images hosted at our website via Google Image search.
Looking at our stats for 3 of our websites we noticed that the answer was a significant amount. Anyway, the point is that in mid-September 2008 our referrals from image searches dropped by about 2/3 and stayed low until the present day.
Has anyone else seen this, or got any ideas why?
[edited by: tedster at 8:12 am (utc) on June 9, 2009]
If you get an inbound from an outside image (google map for example) that's a good thing if it matches content. You didn't have to generate the image or pay the bandwidth that's cool. If it a search for an image on your site and not your content (and all the user was interested in was the image and they got it and didn't stay to see what other goodies you have) you lost. Others will say different and I have no quarrel in that regard. Any 2-3 views is grand. I generally go for 2k-3k (or way more) for the content instead of images.
Could the change be related to Google's implementation of the drop-down options (ie "any content," "photo content," "line drawings," etc)? One of my sites has realistic illustrations. With the implementation of the drop-down options, the illustrations are often excluded from the "photo content" listings. And they aren't "line art". It looks like some (black & white) maps are considered to be "line art" although I would not intuitively look for them there.