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Did any of you got visited by the google image bot lately? How often do you get visited by it?
Lots of people are visual people and would rather see what they are looking for instead reading through all the manufactured rehashed content designed for search engines.
This is interesting information.
Now I am curious: how did you made your family site known to google in the first place? And also - did your pictures end up in the Image Search after the image bot visit, or not yet?
(and, just to make it clear, I am absolutely NOT in the porn business!)
In my experience if an image is highly placed it "appears" to have a beneficial effect in the SERPS.
I may be wrong however it is very coincidental that for a couple of keyword searches we were 10th and 14th, however after the last image update those image searches are now in the #1 position plus those two keywords are now both ranked at #1.
Has anyone else noticed this effect?
And no, it is not porn either:-)
Yes, some people just steal them, but there are others who give me proper attribution with a link back. For me it's worthwhile.
In our case a lot of sites (blogs, online MUD gamers, news sites, sometimes even ebay sellers!) tend to include our photos (exclusive location shots, news photos, exclusive celeb photos, etc.) right on their pages, by linking them DIRECTLY from our site in most cases without even an acknowledgment of us as the source or a link to our site html. I can see all their visitors to their page in our logs and in some cases it can make a pretty large dent in our bandwidth when it's a busy site or high-interest topic. My question is, does this link to our PHOTO jpg help our domain PR or serps in any way (even as say a backlink), or should I continue doing what I've done in the past. What I do now, once I discover it in the logs, is replace the large photo with a small size graphic which says something to the effect of: "This Photo Was stolen from: ourdomain.com, goto: ourdomain.com/xyz.htm to see the original in context." I then move the original and change the original link on OUR site. (he-he, one time someone was selling something on e-bay with it and I changed it to say the guy was a rip-off and where bidders could find the item cheaper! That'll teach him to steal our bandwidth... :-)
If anyone has any firm evidence that this counts as a backlink, in the regular serps OR the graphic images even, I would feel better about it and maybe allow it.
In the past it's been simply too much hassle to find contact info for them all and write them, argue with them, etc.
I've done the same thing a number of times, i.e. when I find one of my special maps images hot-linked, I swap .gif filenames and present the hot-linker with an image exposing the perp, or at least pointing back to my site.
Its a pity that isn't clickable.
One blog in Korea was costing me BW with some very popular .jpg images, all hard original research.
I never could get into the site to see what they were doing, password protected to the hilt and all in Korean.
I finally gave up and substituted some gross pornography. I hope they enjoyed that. - Larry
If you don't mind, I want to suggest an experiament.
I'll take my really old personal site which have a page rank of 0 and which I don't really care about, and invite you all to link to 2 pictures there, each with a different keyword, and see what happens.
And I will report the progress here at this forum, of course.
The 2 images I thought about are:
with the anchor text "yoav" (which isn't very competitive)
with anchor text "student", which is rather competitive.
(although specifically chose both pictures to be quite relevant to the search term, and not go over anyones business)
Any one interested in trying?
No, I don't understand it either!
I decided to do this on one of my hobby sites. The problem is that the image bot is usually very slow to crawl and a lot of times it uses data that can be up to 6 months old. I made the mistake of changing the names and the names of pages with the large images on them and about 4 months later, when the bot finally got around to crawling for the images, it tried crawling very old data. Of course it couldn't find the pages and got nothing but 404 errors. I ended up waiting another 6 months 'til the bot came back to get it right.
Conclusion is that whatever you do, it usually takes a long, long time to see the results.