whats_up_skip - 12:09 am on Oct 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
I am having a problem with how the photos for our web site are showing up in Google Image search results.
I previously had code in the “.htaccess” to prevent hotlinking. This had been working ok until Google changed their Image Search system earlier this year. This change by Google resulted in the hotlinking blocking the image showing as the preview image shown in Google Image Search. When I say the preview image, I am not referring to the image shown in the search results with all the other results, but the image shown in the cached/preview web page shown in the background (an image of ours warning that the webmaster didn't have permission to use the image) with the search result image in front of it. As a result of this problem the number of people clicking through to our web site from Google Image Search has dropped significantly.
I changed the “.htaccess” file on the 20th of April to remove all the hotlinking code, so this is more than six months and should have been enough time for the Google Images to be updated. Clearly something else is wrong. Does anyone have any ideas?