MrSavage - 3:41 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Holy smokes. I hope I'm not misdiagnosing my situation here. My #2 most valuable site is at 50% loss of traffic. In fact every site I'm checking is down down down.
I need to check further but it did appear that those brand sites, powerful PR sites, ownership sites are taking those image rankings. So the powerful have become more powerful from what I've seen. Again it depends what type of images. I'm talking about like product images.
I don't yet know aside from speculation how valuable traffic was from images. I can say it was one avenue to get organic traffic. If there is one less avenue now to get some organic traffic? Well that's a game changer for me. I will say the next while will be a major test. If income loss is closely related to the percentage of organic traffic loss, then I will decide if I put another ounce of time and effort into these sites. This is a very significant situation for me. If the image traffic proves to be not valuable in terms of income, then I can still move forward and put some time into these site even with 50% drops in traffic. If not, I'm done.
I can only say what I see on my stats, this is like a penalty which is not server or site wide, it's pretty much levied against every site I own. I preface that by saying I don't own a "brand" or a "giant" PR website. For them? I think it just got even more wonderful.
I'm not sure when I check my stats again. I'll just see if anyone here is reporting a bounce back of sorts. I'm waiting for more positive outlooks regarding this.