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Turning picture urls into pagerank?

picture links into google pagerank

7:26 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There is a web site that used a graphic of mine on thousands of their pages. Instead of saving the graphic into their ftp, they used it from my url. It is being called up thousands of times per day. I am paying a little extra on hosting to allow for this so I would like it to be worth it. Does anybody have any ideas on how to capitalize on this situation? My best idea is to change the graphic in my ftp so that it is more of an advertisement including my url visibly on it, in hopes that viewers type it into the address bar, but who knows if that will work. So any help on this would be great.

They are using my picture url to call up my picture on their site: [mysite.com...]

Does anybody know if it is possible to turn this into a pagerank opportunity? Is there something I can do on my side of things since I have no control over their site? Any ideas will be greatly appreciated... What would you do?

7:43 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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personaly I would be a little angry about this if they didn't ask permission to use the image.

There are 3 things you can do.
1) email them and ask then to stop using your image.
2) make it impossible to hotlink your image using htaccess.
3) alter the image to something else with the same file name, you may even be able to alter the image atributes, 1000x1000 pixels should just about do it :)


11:36 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The picture link does not pass pagerank. So it does not help you with your Google ranking, AFAIK. It just hogs your bandwidth.

They use the graphic on thousands of pages? You could have some fun with that, especially if the picture is of decent size.

How about writing a little script that serves a different picture under that URL with each load, to make it attention grabbing.

Put a "(c) yoursite" note on each picture. It could draw visitors to your site.

It all depends on the site context. If the site is about alien sightings, it would be more fun than if the site is selling ben pans.

11:42 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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recordc48, there's nothing in it for you. You only have two viable options. One is to remove the image or try to block unauthorized access as to save the bandwidth, the other is to replace the image with some kind of advertising for your site.
3:39 pm on Mar 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That happens to me all the time. I scan my web server logs periodically to look for high traffic coming from particular referers and then I use an apache rewrite rule to rewrite incoming requests for the linked image to a banner ad for my commercial site. It's a great way to get free advertising all over the place.
8:13 pm on Mar 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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free advertising yes, but I had several thousand people viewing that one picture every single day, and I changed the image to show my url and I have not seen an increase in traffic at all. I am currently using cpanel stats to track my traffic. Using this program is there a way to be able to tell if someone was on their page, saw my url and typed it into the address bar to visit my site? As far as I know it just shows up as a direct request.

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