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They've changed the dupe filter at images, too. It trips a lot easier than it did before. Either that, or I'm going very crazy this week.
Before, it showed two pictures featuring me, and one picture I had taken that I have of my site (of a building, not of me).
Now it shows ten photos, only two of which (barely) contain me.
Something's rather screwy here.
Anyone have any info on how I can better teach it which photos are of me?
...in the stats. Enough so that it caused a blip on my radar screen. On one site, the image searches (referer) have surpassed regular referrers for some reason. ;)
I don't recall BMP or TIFF previously, but maybe I didn't try. Advance search still lists JPG, GIF, and PNG. JPG won't include JPEGs, that's how the
operator works, by file extension rather than MIME type
[edited by: mfagan at 10:59 pm (utc) on Jan. 23, 2004]
images.google has one of the best conversion rates on free traffic around
I see the same thing, jake. I've even been converted a few times myself. Perhaps it's because it such a low key way to market.
One nice feature is that Google's Image Search FRAMES your pages instead of using the same approach that the Google cache uses, which fouls up when you use CSS positioning.
Success may well depend on exactly what you are selling, but a lot of the time this site's competitors have sub-par images (pixelated, banded, blurry, too small) or even no images at all. I think that may be part of what sends people to a Google image search.
People don't want to buy many things "sight unseen" and when they do find a good image AND the site has other good conversion elements in place, then you've just acquired a customer.
More annoying are the people who find my photos that way and then load them on their own pages, without any kind of acknowledgement. At the moment I just redirect those requests (with a Referer set that's not one of my pages) to the smaller thumbnailed images, but if I hit my bandwidth limit I'll have to stop even that.
You could also have fun serving them 'customized' graphics, such as a photo of a leech with text underneath "This site is a Leech."
Or, with a more warped sense of humor, you could also serve up some, ahem, questionable photos :D. I guarantee you, those sites would change their image habits PRONTO!
So many possibilities, so little time ;)
On my future to-do list is to redo and reduce in size some of the image galleries. I too worry about bandwidth limit and file leetches. I have no little logos in my images like I see on other similar hobby related site. I am also not in a position to work on my site much for the next few months due to lack of a personal computer...