brokaddr - 8:07 pm on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
I deleted a large amount of images recently. All of a sudden, I'm seeing a huge amount of traffic to them - I don't believe all of these are hotlinked.
The way Google & Bing's image search functions now, I'm curious if, when I actually see a referral from *images* - do I actually get a visit from a person, or is this simply a pre-load on the image results?
When I was searching recently, I noticed in the status bar, my url and a huge amount of competing url's loading... so the images a "pre-loaded" by my understanding.
If that's the case, then when the pages pointing to these images existed, that would appear as a 'hit' to the page, correct?
If so, this is greatly thwarting statistics, is there any way to decipher actual traffic vs someone viewing a hotlinkined image on Google or Bing?