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

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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.

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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#: 4274698 posted 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

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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#: 4274698 posted 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#: 4274698 posted 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

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Msg#: 4274698 posted 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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