|Same images - duplicate content?|
I have two websites. Both of which are promo sites used to drive traffic to my store. Site A has some great content but is not ranking well at all and site B has decent content (at best) but somehow it is ranking great! Thing is, Site A (even though traffic is low) is converting a large majority of those whose come there at a much better rate than site B because the content is much stronger and powerful.
I know that if site B had site A's content with their traffic, it would kick butt!
What I want to do is use some of the same images on site A, that I know visitors love, but on site B. The problem is, wouldn't Google see this as duplicate content and would it not hurt both site A and site B, in the long run?
What is the best way to approach this? Is there a way to format the content on site B so that it says that particular content is courtesy of site A, giving it credit and somehow telling Google not to punish us for it? I was going to try to hardcode the images from Site B server to site A, but figured that would be looked at almost like back link.
I need to do something. Site A ranks very well, so I don't want to do anything that would hurt site A.
With the number of ripped images all across the web you have a worry? These are your images, correct? Post them wherever you like. They are yours. Forget "duplicate content" as that is generally WORDS not tje bits in pics...
Change the size of the images slightly and then rename them.
|Change the size of the images slightly and then rename them |
If that works it won't work for long because the image processing technology to compare images of any size has been around quite a few years now.
There's an image search engine called tin-eye that can even find an image within an image, so image mash-ups don't even stop it from finding your image.
If Google is using that kind of tech, which they may, many people are in trouble.
I don't think so. I have sites where I've purchased stock photos used on dozens (if not hundreds) of other sites, and I haven't noticed any negative impact.
|Martin Ice Web|
I wouldn't do it in any way. I did it, renamed , resize and turned and mirrored them. When i now put this images in google image search, both sites show up. I guess this is a strong signal that two site are very similar.
Make new fantastic images.
Thanks Martin. BUT maybe I am over thinking this.
|There's an image search engine called tin-eye |
As useful as a chocolate fireguard:-)
If you don't have time to make new images then don't worry about duplicates whatsoever, Google lost track of who owns what and from when ages ago.
In any case click-thru traffic from images is only 20% of what it was before their image grab of January 2013.
|Martin Ice Web|
Redbar, it has nothing to do with who owns the image, it is about the fact that you tell google that this two sites are similar and if they didn't have a real correlation between them you give it to them now.
I think panda is more about filter dc than about content, and pictures are a welcome factor to prove similarity of websites as most poeple of ecoms take manufactore pictures. And you don'T need heuristic approaches to compare pictures. If u are big enough it want hurt you, like amazon takes only original manufacture pics and description. Smaller site get killed.
|you tell google that this two sites are similar and if they didn't have a real correlation between them you give it to them now. |
Google's known for years about my sites, they've been interlinked since the 1990s, in fact at one time I used to serve all my images from one holding domain. It never hurt me until scrapers came along scraping all my images and code and then Google ranked them above me.
What? Scrape my site entirely and then let them rank above me for my images that I owned, that's how much Google lost control of the originals however they seem to have got some of it back now with most of my images back where they were and many scrapers gone out of the top results...in my niche.
Serving your own images on two of your own sites will not hurt you.
QUESTION TO OP:
Why not merge site A (which has stronger content and whose visitors convert better) into Site B (which get more traffic and - possibly - has better link juice) and make one site with both popular AND high-converting content?