Based on today, it must have been very dependent. It's shocking to think the site became this dependent on images. The fact that I become this dependent on Google means these types of mornings are what I'm going to face. If not this, then something else. Nothing shocks me anymore. This however stings more than the rest.
As mentioned, I avoided spending time on this site for months and months. So when I added new content recently, I think the new content is not being indexed or will take a long time to index. Part of those recent updates included new and improved images.
The only thing I can take from this right now is to see how well that image traffic really converted. Since right now it appears I don't have an image anywhere in Google search, now is the time to do a comparison. It's early and hard to say. It's one tiny positive I take out of this.
I think sometimes when people talk about site traffic drops etc, it's easy to dismiss the words people are writing. It's hard to put yourself in another persons shoes. This was the one site that was the top dog. It was a beauty and a steady earner. It's been absolutely smashed and that's just the way that it is. My gut said the day would come and it's better to just walk away knowing that you didn't get sucked back in. Unfortunately I did get sucked back in and put my time back into the site only to have this happen. It's comical and depressing. A real life drama. Webmastering for me is starting to become a very cold place. Not friendly, not long lasting and barely worthwhile.