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Any benefit to me SEO-wise from outside sites embedding my images?
bobbonew




msg:4274700
 4:52 pm on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

I noticed that slowly over time more and more sites are embedding images from my website they find in Google images. For example:

<img src="http://mydomain.com/myimage.jpg">


I have never had a real problem with this as bandwith is pretty cheap. But are there any SEO benefits from me letting this continue? I know when sites link to mine its a benefit, so what about them using my images on their site?

 

chrisv1963




msg:4274792
 6:27 pm on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

No, there are no benefits. Actually, it can cost you traffic. When I checked Google Images yesterday I saw one of my images, BUT when I clicked on it I was directed to a blog and not to my own website. What happened is that the blog hotlinked (embedded) my image and was ranking in Google Images for the hotlinked image.

ken_b




msg:4274795
 6:30 pm on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

I hope you are visibly labeling your images with your domain name so you at least get some free advertising out of the deal.

outland88




msg:4274810
 6:57 pm on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yep, you better be checking if you have images appearing in Google search. Could be hot-linkers easily siphoning your traffic. Seemingly a fresher usage of the image in Google bumps the original.

netmeg




msg:4274817
 6:58 pm on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

Image hotlinking has been a HUGE bandwidth issue for some of my ecommerce clients before I started getting creative with .htaccess.

Planet13




msg:4275093
 5:56 am on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Image hotlinking has been a HUGE bandwidth issue for some of my ecommerce clients before I started getting creative with .htaccess


Could you please elaborate?

I found that content farm site that starts with an m and ends with an o and is a word in Hawaiian hot links to the google images, which of course are "hot linked" from google.

So I would love to block macrapo with out blocking google.

yandr




msg:4275179
 10:42 am on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

You can use URL rewrites to replace the hotlinked images with an image you will specify yourself, which could be a simpe ad for your site. Search for "hotlinking url rewrite" or "anti-leech" and you will find plenty of information.

chrisv1963




msg:4275184
 11:31 am on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

You can use URL rewrites to replace the hotlinked images with an image you will specify yourself, which could be a simpe ad for your site. Search for "hotlinking url rewrite" or "anti-leech" and you will find plenty of information.


What will happen to your images in Google Image Search when you do this?

yandr




msg:4275224
 12:59 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

I take it you are asking if they will get dropped from the first pages.

I don't really know, but I doubt it will make a difference. The images are not really linked as they are today. They are 'embedded' in 'foreign' webpages. They are not 'your' images anymore.

Without a doubt, I would 'panish' them.

HuskyPup




msg:4275232
 1:10 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

My torrid time with hotlinkers and then clamping down too heavily and denying almost everything to SEs have seen several threads, this is the htaccess code I am now using seemingly with very good results.

At the worst I had one image baing called on over 200,000 times a month, that was bandwidth costing me money for someone else's vanity simply because they were too lazy to host it themselves.

RewriteEngine on
AddType text/html .html
AddHandler server-parsed .html
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes

<Limit GET>
order allow,deny
deny from 000.000.000.000

In here I have about 15 IP addresses of the worst picture grabbers

allow from all
</Limit>

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^google\.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^bing\.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^yahoo\.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?example\.com [NC]
RewriteRule \.(gif|jpe?g|png)$ /images/hotlink\.$1 [L]

netmeg




msg:4275385
 5:22 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

What HP said.

Also, I (for the most part) don't have a problem blocking images from Google too. We don't get any traffic from Google Images that does us any good.

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