Shell_Of_A_Man - 3:48 pm on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
While we saw as of now about a 7k reduction per day in traffic the results from not having people jumping on the page and stealing an image and leaving within a few seconds has made our stats jump much more positively and for the better.
I am to the point where I am half and half with the change, meaning I am happy that my stats are looking a lot better and I can get a better view of the people actually reading our sites, but I am still very angry that google and bing are just taking our images for their gain and making us shell out for the bandwidth and paying the licensee fees.
What about having a little bigger thumbnail in the search results and when someone clicks on the image it just opens the webmasters website without the miserable iframe and just shows you the article with the image in it as we meant for it to be shown? Oh wait they can't profit from that, whoops!
Oh well if they get away with this I can guarantee you that people will just start sites with millions of hotlinked images and a few links back because hey thats what google did and it will make the problem webmasters already have with people stealing images even worse.