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My site is image based and the majority of my Google referrals come from Google Image Search. I have noticed recently that many of my images have moved down in the search results. My question is, would it be a good idea for me to enable the Enhance Image Search for my site or not?
I decided to try the "enhanced image search" because
1) The conversion rate on the images searches were pathetic as far as selling products goes anyway so I wasn't too concerned.
2) I have tens of thousands of images which Google has yet to index.
3) I get zero traffic from regular Google search and I'm willing to try anything to show good faith.
In less than a week all my images but ten were gone from the index. None of the images rank for anything. I now get zero traffic from Google. Plus, one of my images which used to rank #1 or #2 for 75,000,000 search term now links to a myspace page that's hotlinking my image.
Like I said, the conversion was terrible anyway so it's not like it cost me any money but it was nice to have SOME traffic and get a little exposure.
Do no evil my *ss.
I've heard whispers about an enhanced image recognition feature in Google, where images are actually mapped for content and not only alt and title attributes and file names as now.
I'd join if I had a site with lots of unique images that I didn't mind sharing with Google and Google's users. Naturally accompanied with a frame breaking script on each of my landing pages and a fair sized watermark with my site's url on each and every image made available via the image search.
One image which used to bring in a lot of traffic on a specific topic, just disappeared, and is no longer indexed at all. This image was picked up through a thumbnail, and I'm wondering if Google changed their algo relating to indexing images referenced by thumbnail.
Another factor I discovered recently seems related to safe search. Turning safe surf on and off I saw a different number of images in Google's results for the "site:" command. My site is clean, but after lots of research I found I was linking to other sites that also did not show the same number of images for safe search on and off. There was nothing wrong with these sites, but one was electronics related and might have used words like "sex" refering to connectors, etc. After removing links to sites that did not pass the "safe search" image count test and waiting a couple months now my site passed the safe search image test, same number of images, with safe search on and off! After this more images were also indexed, even for non-"safe search".
Regardless now I have even fewer images indexed after Google's latest image algo change, but I do pass the safe search test.
Also I've decided not to go with "Enhanced search" yet, but that could be a big mistake.