McSpike - 7:11 am on Jul 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
When they blow up the image with my page beneath, the photo's resolution is blown up from their thumbnail so it just looks terribly "out of focus".
On the other hand, my clear image is below, so maybe people will click through to see it better...
That's what is happening with my results and it's because I am blocking hotlinking from google. easily done in .htaccess.
The image quality is poor, because when they can't hotlink they load the cached thumbnail in full screen instead. Now with a thumbnail they got away when they got sued for the image search (I think "perfect 10" sued them), because they claimed the thumbnail is so small that it can't count as content theft.
Now If everyone blocked hotlinking, their full screen image show would be one crappy service because they would have to use only thumbnails instead. If they pulled the full screen images from their cache now THAT would be pure classic content THEFT!
I didn't compare how CTR looks if I allow hotlinking, but right now I see around 7-10% CTR loss. We will see how this progresses in the coming days/weeks.
Does someone have any CTR loss numbers when allowing hotlinking?