Msg#: 3162839 posted 5:39 pm on Nov 21, 2006 (gmt 0)
I don't really think PageRank is passed when someone hotlinks to an image. But, I've noticed that if a lot of people hotlink to an image on your site then that will help your rankings in image search.
I have a cute photo on a site that is highly related to my number one keyword (lots of people hotlink to it). It just so happens that when someone searches for that keyword Google shows the top 3 images in the search result and then Google shows the rest of the results. When you click on the photo above the search results it brings you to the page on my site where that image is located.
So, if you allow people to hotlink to the image and that image shows up above the regular SERPs then that's an extra "bonus". You actually get more traffic because people like to click on the images when they're presented in the regular search results.
In my case, I decided to let people hotlink to the image because it ultimately gives me more traffic. But, this case is kind of unusual: Google doesn't show images in most of the search results.
Msg#: 3162839 posted 11:42 pm on Nov 27, 2006 (gmt 0)
Yeah, I misused the word "hotlink" - what I really meant to ask was: if a page on a high PR site LINKS to an image on your domain, does your site get link juice from it (since the image itself doesn't link back to anything on your site)?
ex if: widget.com/some-post has the following anchor text: "check out this image of a widget here" and that anchor text links to mywidgetsite.com/images/widget.jpg, which resides on your site.