ergophobe - 9:43 pm on Dec 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
if you do a example.com search in Yahoo Images it brings up
It brings up a picture of me (in fact more than on), stolen off Flickr, displayed on a Washington DC television station site with the photo credit:
Makes me think all their gallery photos are stolen and it makes me want to see them suffer... a major media outlet should know better (scarier thought: they do know better, but they are doing it anyway).
You are talking nonsense. Their image search brings in tons of traffic.
Au contraire. If you are an image-based site, you will see that image search traffic falls off every time the SEs "improve" image search. The new interfaces are designed to keep people on Bing, Google and Yahoo, and that means a lot less image search traffic than before.
A friend who once had millions of page views per month has seen that drop off dramatically with ever-improving image search. His traffic peaked when image search existed, but had just small thumbnails that clicked straight through to the site. At that point, it was worth it to have your images in image search because there was a good return.
At a certain point, though, the SEs are serving a slideshow based off your images and keeping the visitor where they are and allowing them to steal the images without even seeing your site, potentially diluting your brand and overexposing your images, if you'll excuse the pun. I just went to Bing image search and grabbed a 1732x980 image without ever going to the site. Still don't know which site it came from.
If you images are your primary asset, you may be better served to simply shut out the bots depending on what your revenue model is.