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One idea is to create images.example.com and store all images there, while our content rests on www.ourdomain.com. It will make it very easy to analyse the log files of www.example.net and we will know for sure that all visitors came through the normal web search of search engines.
So, if we have an image on www.ourdomain.com, the source will be [images.example.com...]
What do you think of this idea? What will happen in the image search results? Normally, a search result from image search has a reference to the page where the image was found. So, will the reference be to images.example.net or to www.example.net/whateverpage.aspx?
[edited by: Woz at 11:21 pm (utc) on July 19, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified URLs [/edit]
This means that if your image is displayed on a page outside of images. then it will have a reference outside images.
The only way to make your idea work would be to not show the images anywhere but on pages within images.
A better way would be to use the HTTP_REFERER and detect clicks from Google Images by referrer. You could then either redirect them to images. or track them in your own way.